Holidays in Temple of Apollo and Athena

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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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Acanthus & Cennet Barut Collection - All Inclusive
Acanthus & Cennet Barut Collection - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Selimiye Mahallesi, Özal Caddesi, No:35, Manavgat, Antalya
Nestled on the beach, this Side resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Roman Side Theater and Temple of Apollo and Athena. Manavgat Falls and Süral Shopping Center ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (80 reviews)
"This hotel was one of the best all inclusive resort we have ever stayed in. Their staff is very kind and helpful. Thank you very much for everything!"

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2021

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Sunprime Dogan Side Beach - Adults Only
Sunprime Dogan Side Beach - Adults Only
Selimiye Mah, Sarmasik Sk., No. 50-1, Side, Manavgat
Nestled on the beach, this Side hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Side West Beach, Side East Beach and Side Agora. Roman Side Theater and Roman Ruins of Side ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (44 reviews)
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"The hotel was very clean and the facilities were very nice. The pool was very clean and the pool bar was quite nice. The rooms were super clean and the Aircon was new and worked well. The bed was really big and comfy. We really liked the breakfast and the private beach!"

Reviewed on 24 Aug. 2021

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Barut Hemera - All Inclusive
Barut Hemera - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Selimiye Mahallesi, Süleyman Demirel BLV, No: 1, Manavgat, Antalya
Located in Side, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Side West Beach, Roman Side Theater and Side Museum. Side East ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (58 reviews)
"We booked the holiday literally two days before leaving as originally were going to Marrakesh. We were very pleased with the reception staff and the guest relations manger Sid came and explained to us the facilities at the all inclusive resort. Throughout our stay the staff were very helpful and ..."

Reviewed on 8 Nov. 2021

Barut Hemera - All Inclusive
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Delphin Apart Hotel
Delphin Apart Hotel
Selimiye Mah.615 Sk. No:5 Manavgat, Manavgat, Antalya
The price is AU$16 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
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Acanthus & Cennet Barut Collection - All Inclusive
Acanthus & Cennet Barut Collection - All Inclusive
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Sunprime Dogan Side Beach - Adults Only
Sunprime Dogan Side Beach - Adults Only
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Sunprime Dogan Side Beach - Adults Only
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Barut Hemera - All Inclusive
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Side Prenses Resort Hotel & Spa - All Inclusive
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Sunwing Side Beach
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Side Antik Sempati Hotel
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