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Temple of Apollo and Athena

Explore the impressive marble ruins of this ancient Roman temple in the romantic oceanfront setting of Turkey’s white-sand beaches.  

While in the Turkish town of Side, admire the remains of the remarkable Temple of Apollo and Athena, dating back to the 2nd century.  Take in views over the Mediterranean Sea from this ancient relic, a spectacular open-air museum in front of Side’s beautiful beaches. Return at dusk with a picnic. Sit by the ocean and watch the sunset over this breathtaking site, theatrically illuminated by floodlights at night. 

The ancient port city of Side is one of Turkey’s most popular vacation destinations, and its age-old remains draw countless tourists year-round. The remnants of the 1,800-year-old Temple of Athena and Apollo consist of columns from antiquity placed in their original locations, with several still intact and standing. This Roman site is a relic of the spread of Greek mythology and architecture throughout the region during antiquity.

The cults of Apollo and Athena were popular throughout the Roman Empire. The patron goddess of Side, for example, was Athena, protector of sailors and the harbor. Have your camera ready to capture precious moments near the ruins. Marvel at the still-standing Corinthian-style marble columns that make up the portico of the temple. 

In the daytime, wander past columns that have fallen and broken over the centuries, as you breathe in salty ocean air and gaze out over panoramic sea vistas. For lunch, try one of the nearby beachfront restaurants for authentic local fare at a reasonable price. At dusk, bring a picnic and enjoy a romantic supper while watching the sun set over the temple. As night falls, gaze out at the moon over the dramatically spotlighted porticos. 

Reach Side from nearby Antalya Airport in 1 hour by car or bus. While Side is a fantastic vacation destination year-round, the most opportune months to visit are April, May, June and October, as the town is packed with tourists and locals in high summer. 

Visit the site of the Temple of Apollo and Athena to encounter one of Side’s most historic and picturesque attractions.


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Yali Hotel AU$80
Yali Hotel

Yali Hotel

Barbaros Caddesi No:50, Side, Antalya
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated by the sea, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Temple of Apollo and Athena and Side West Beach. Side Museum and Side Harbor are also within 10 minutes.

    Terrace Elite Resort - All Inclusive AU$270
    Terrace Elite Resort - All Inclusive

    Terrace Elite Resort - All Inclusive

    Sancak Mah 60. Sk No4, Gundogdu, Side, Antalya
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Side property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Side Theater and Side West Beach. Side East Beach and Roman Ruins of Side are also within 15 minutes.

      Neptun Hotel AU$98
      Neptun Hotel

      Neptun Hotel

      Selimiye Mahallesi, Liman Caddesi, Side, Antalya
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Side hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Side Agora and Side West Beach. Side East Beach and Temple of Tyche are also within 10 minutes.

        Side Antik Sempati Hotel AU$56
        Side Antik Sempati Hotel

        Side Antik Sempati Hotel

        Mercan Sk., Side, Antalya
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Temple of Apollo and Athena and Side Harbor. Side Museum and Side Theater are also within 10 minutes.

          Side Kleopatra Beach Hotel AU$95
          Side Kleopatra Beach Hotel

          Side Kleopatra Beach Hotel

          Selimiye Mahallesi, Yasemin Sokak No:36/1, Side, Antalya
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Side, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Side Museum and Side West Beach. Side Theater and Roman Ruins of Side are also within 5 minutes.

            Side Rose Motel AU$45
            Side Rose Motel

            Side Rose Motel

            Selimiye mahallesi zambak sok no/78-A, Side manavgat, Side
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated by the sea, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Side Museum and Side West Beach. Side Harbor and Temple of Apollo and Athena are also within 5 minutes.

              Hotel Villa Onemli AU$79
              Hotel Villa Onemli

              Hotel Villa Onemli

              Side Mahallesi, Lale Sokak No.5, Side, Antalya
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Side, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Side Museum and Side West Beach. Side East Beach and Temple of Apollo and Athena are also within 10 minutes.

                Elit Koseoglu Hotel AU$70
                Elit Koseoglu Hotel

                Elit Koseoglu Hotel

                Selimiye Mah. Cami Sok. No:1, Side, Antalya
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the sea, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Side Museum and Side West Beach. Temple of Apollo and Athena and Side Harbor are also within 10 minutes.