Book cheap flights to Turkey and visit Side, a charming resort town nestled between two stretches of golden, sunny beach.
Pronounced "see-day", the word means "pomegranate" in Anatolian, a fruit symbolising abundance. Today's visitors would be hard-pressed to disagree. There is accommodation to suit all budgets and enough restaurants and late-night bars to suit all holiday makers.
The main sites include a grand 2nd-century theatre that offers beautiful views of the sea and the ruins of the Roman bath houses.
As you wander through town, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to shop (haggling is expected, remember) for typical Turkish wares such as leather bags, jewellery and rugs.
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- Buy carpets, leather or fast food from the shops which are scattered among marble slabs and columns from the past. It's almost as though you are in a living museum.
- Lie on the beach or go up river in a fishing boat from the harbour. Part of the trip often involves water fights between boats so be prepared in case you get wet.
- Stand in the middle of the great amphitheatre that seated 20,000 Romans in its day and make a speech or recite some poetry. Test out the acoustics by getting your friends to sit at the back and see if they can hear you.