Temple of Apollo
Side’s ruins lie dotted throughout the historic town, and the best way to explore is on a guided walking tour, taking in the Temple of Apollo as well as other highlights such as the agora, the theater, and the antique baths. Day tours from Antalya often combine a visit to Side with one of the region’s other ancient cities, such as Perge or Aspendos; a cruise along the Manavgat River; or a visit to the Duden or Kursunlu Waterfall.
Things to Know Before You Go
There is no admission fee to explore the Temple of Apollo.
The temple provides little shade—bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water if visiting in the summer months.
Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven ground.
Some parts of the archaeological site are wheelchair-accessible, but uneven ground means getting up close to the ruins may be challenging.
How to Get There
Side is largely pedestrianized, so the only way to reach the temple is on foot, about a 10-minute walk from the entrance to the historic center. Local buses run to Side from nearby Manavgat, about a 30-minute drive away, while most tours set out from Antalya, just over an hour’s drive away.
When to Get There
The Temple of Apollo is open 24/7, but it can get extremely busy in the summer months, when the crowds can be overwhelming. For the best photo opportunities, arrive at sunrise, before the tour buses arrive, or time your visit to watch the sunset over the Mediterranean. Summer visitors should avoid visiting during the hottest part of the day, as there is no shade around the ruins.
The ancient city of Side was settled by the Greeks in the seventh century BC and lies along the coast, just south of the modern town. Today the historic center, still encircled by its ancient city walls, is a popular resort town, with a stretch of sandy beach and dozens of guesthouses, restaurants, and bars built on and around the ancient ruins. As well as admiring the Temple of Apollo, visitors can also explore the 20,000-seat theater, discover some of the treasures excavated from the ancient city at the Side Museum, and take a peek at the antique baths, where Cleopatra is said to have bathed.