Departing from the pier an approximate 1-hour & 15-minute drive will bring you to the ancient ruins
Founded on a hilltop near the Eurymedon River, with the splendid backdrop of the Taurus Mountains,
Aspendos was a major port city in the Roman period. The remains seen here date back to that era, although the history of the settlement goes back to the Hittite Empire. During the reign of Marcus
Aurelius (161-180 AD) the fantastic theater was built, without a doubt the finest in all of Anatolia.
Its façade is stunning and its acoustics are unparalleled. In fact, performances are held here today
without the use of microphones. Apart from the theater, Aspendos also features ruins of a stadium,
agora and basilica. Nearby the Aspendos theatre is a marvelous aqueduct that used to supply the city,
which you will be able to see from the road.
From Aspendos a 30-minute drive brings you to Side. The town was founded by Aeolians in the 7th
century BC. ‘Side’ meant ‘pomegranate’ in the local language. Until the Roman Imperial period, pomegranate was the symbol used on the coins of Side. It is rumored that Anthony and Cleopatra
chose the town for a romantic tryst. The ruins are impressive with many examples of Hellenistic
and Roman architecture. The old and the new are insolubly merged and intertwined in Side. You
will see the theatre, which had a seating capacity of 15,000. It was used in the late Roman Period
for gladiator fights as well as theatrical productions. Remains of a monumental gate and a fountain
also located at the entranceway of the ancient theater. Amongst other more prominent ruins are
theAgora, the Temple of Athena, the Temple of Apollo and also a Byzantine basilica. The Museum of
Side is also visited before beginning the return to the pier in Alanya.