We have all done it pronounced Side as we read it Side; however it’s not its pronounced Seeday which is a former fishing village on Turkey’s south Mediterranean coastline, famous for its history of independence and prosperity dating back to Alexander the Great. Now Side is a tourist town, which strikes the balance of modern life, the need for shops, bars and restaurants, with the need of many for peace, quiet and ability to see the stars in the night sky, free of light pollution and tall structures. As a result property in Side is very popular with those seeking this kind of place, for whom it offers a very attractive package. On top of the aforementioned necessary shops and restaurants, the harbour is absolutely gorgeous, the climate is hot and dry (including 300 days of sunshine per year), the beaches are clean (white sand, warm water) and not overcrowded, there are plenty of sites to see, activities to enjoy and property prices are as low as Turkey is famous for. Another great thing about Side is the views. The town slopes upward away from the coast and harbour, so many of the restaurants offer spectacular views out across the harbour and ocean. Another big plus for property in Side is the availability of luxury property at low prices. People looking for property on the budget of those looking in Turkey; tend not to be looking for anything too spectacular. There are perfect holiday apartments in Side, with many offering guaranteed rental yields of 6%.
There are apartments, villas and house for sale whether it is a one, two or three bedroom apartment, maybe a 4 or 5 bedroom duplex, or your own villa or house. Where do you want to invest? If you need a mortgage you can obtain the best rates possible. If you’re lucky enough to be a cash buyer, why not make an offer on the property of your choice? Are you thinking of a key ready property, a resale or possibly something off plan? How about building your own? There are some fabulous plots for sale and building your own dream home may be the option for you, do you want a swimming pool or a landscaped garden? How about a delightful terrace area with a built in barbeque for example? Sunbathing areas to relax and take in the breathtaking views are all are possible if that’s your choice, a villa or house gives you the privacy you crave. Holiday makers do like to stay in hotels however we are seeing more and more tourists opting to rent a private apartment or villa for the duration of their holiday for various reasons. One of the problems with staying in a hotel is space, there isn’t much of it and it can be cramped with not much room for a family. Freedom of movement is what a holiday is all about. Privacy is important and you are not going to get that in a hotel. Imagine renting a private villa for example and having a pool all to yourself to relax and feel comfortable.
Sightseeing around the Turkish coast is a great way of seeing more of this beautiful country and Side is often said to be an idyllic family friendly destination, ticking all the boxes for a safe, charming beach resort without being too large and noisy. Side is indeed a laid-back, family friendly resort on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, around 45 minutes east of Antalya Airport and a couple of kilometres from the town of Manavgat, with its famous waterfalls. The nearby River Manavgat means the area is lush, green, fertile and excellent for exploring. The highlights of Side (which means pomegranate in Ancient Anatolian) include the pretty seafront and harbour area, long sweeping beaches and Greek and Roman ruins, around which modern-day Side has been built. The magnificent Taurus Mountains are a beautiful backdrop to its lovely beaches with an ancient harbour, cosy water-front restaurants, cobbled streets lined with interesting shops, heaps of history and golf down the road at Belek which is very popular.
As already said just half an hour west is Turkey’s golfing hub Belek, home to a selection of PGA championship courses – it’s not unusual for families to stay in Side for the facilities, but visit Belek during a stay for a round or two of golf.
That said, there is a golf course even closer to Side – namely the Lykia Links club at Gundogdu, which combines an 18-hole course with a nine-hole Academy course. Golfing in southern in Turkey is ideal not only for the exciting courses and affordability but also thanks to the balmy climate.
More adventurous tourists could consider going trekking or mountain-biking in the nearby Taurus Mountains, rafting down the River Manavgat in the stunning Koprulu Canyon National Park, also home to the ancient city of Selge, or going horse riding in the nearby Sorgun Forest. It’s even possible to ski in the nearby mountain resorts of Davraz and Saklikent – where you can ski in the morning and be sunbathing on the beach in Side in the afternoon at specific times of year! As you would expect, the old centre of Side has a variety of local shops plus tourist and souvenir shops. In terms of groceries, there are mini-markets in the resort too. Side has a local market every Saturday opposite the mosque; while Manavgat’s larger market is every Monday and Thursday. Of course there is an excellent array of restaurants, cafes and bars serving authentic Turkish cuisine along side seafood caught locally plus international favourites. Side is delightful and you will want to return time and time again it is a super resort to own your own home. It is widely regarded that now is the ideal time to invest in Turkey property. Turkey has started the process of joining the EU, which traditionally makes a huge difference to any property market so snap up your ideal Side property now before its too late!