Holidays to Kumkoy (Side)
Also known as Kilyos, Kumkoy translates as sandy village in English, and it certainly lives up to its name. The long, sandy beach on the coast of the Black Sea is very popular with visitors during summer, both the young locals of Istanbul and tourists from around Europe. There are places to eat, drink and dance here, but for a wider choice of evening entertainment options, you also have the nearby city of Manavgat.
Black Sea Beach
Very popular at the weekend during summer, but families should be wary of riptides and undertow in the chilly waters.
Located in a cove on the Gumusdere region, this 2km stretch of sand hosts the World Kiteboard Championship every year.
This 14th century castle with great views was built during the Genoese era and restored by the Ottoman sultan Mahmud II.
Side Culture and Arts Festival
Taking place in a Roman ampitheatre and the nearby Temple of Apollo, the festival majors on folk and jazz performances.
Visit Manavgat market
A weekly Monday market in the city offering perfect quaint traditional Turkish souvenirs. Come prepared to haggle!
Find a professional guide and tackle the waterfalls, canyons and rocks with some thrilling white-water rafting.
This locally caught fish is a staple of Manavgat menus. The best spots are in the eateries close to the river cascades.
These small dishes of local produce, presented like tapas, often consist of beyaz peynir (a white cheese) or melon.
A beach bar in Side featuring an abundance of cocktails and beers. You can sample some shisha pipes here too.
While the area may not boast many clubs, you'll find lots of places to practise this pastime, and learn from the staff.
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