Located very close to a long, sandy beach, Hibiscus Cottage offers the perfect base for a beach holiday. It is ideal for families as the location is very safe, away from roads and traffic. The complex features large communal gardens adjacent to the beach, a small playground and eating area, as well as its own section of beach for residents (complete with sunloungers and sunshades). Closeby is an excellent beach restaurant which offers reasonably priced meals and free wifi. A selection of watersports are less than 50m along the beach, so children of all ages can enjoy parasailing, jet skis and banana boats. The house is also idea for independent travellers who like to be close to activities and places of interest, but removed from other tourists. It is ideal for those who want to experience living in a traditional style of house, rather than the many impersonal apartments further from the sea. There is also no need for a car, although car hire can be arranged during your stay and there is a car park on site. There is a local dolmus (small bus) station within a 10 minute walk, and shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Airport transfers are recommended for the ease of travelling door to door.
The house features two bedrooms, a lounge and dining area, a fully furnished kitchen and bathroom. There is a roof terrace with sea views, a second terrace, and a patio area leading from the kitchen. There are two sun loungers with mattreses, and also a large outdoor dining table, chairs and sunshade. There is also a small garden to the front of the house, with roses, hibiscus, jasmine and bougonvillia plants. The kitchen is fully equipped with gas oven/hob, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, crockery and utensils. There is a washing machine, drying rack, iron and ironing board. The bathroom features a corner bath with jacuzzi, shower, toilet and sink. The main bedroom has a balcony, two beds, a ceiling fan, air-conditioning, a wardrobe and bedside tables. The second bedroom has one single bed, air-conditioning and a set of drawers. The lounge is also air-conditioned and may be converted to be a third bedroom with a double sofa bed. Curtains to separate from the living area and there is a selection of books at your disposal. In the winter, the air-conditioning units can be turned to heat, and there is a log fire in the living room.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||100 m|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Antalya 75 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Side is located in the Antalya region of Turkey, in the south along the Meditteranean coast. The area features many fine, sandy beaches and a fascinating history. There are many places of interest in the area that are offered as part of organised excursions or which can be visited independently. Here are some of the highlights:
Antalya, the ancient city of Attaleia, founded in the second century BC, is the largest on the Mediterranean. Today palm-lined boulevards, beautiful parks, historical buildings, monuments and the picturesque old quarter blend together. It is typical of Turkey, a thriving modern city, with a historic heart in the centre of Kaleiçi, within the old city walls. The Antalya Archeological Museum is one of the most important museums in Turkey and exhibits remains from the Antalya region.
Aspendos dates back to the 5th century B.C. and is the world's best preserved amphitheatre. Allowing 0.50 m per seat, the theatre holds 17000 spectators, with an additional 500 in the orchestra. Today it is used for concerts, festivals and grease wrestling events. In addition to the theatre the agora, basilica, nymphaeum and 15 km of aqueducts are to be seen. The pressured aqueduct system is a feat of engineering from the Roman period. Aspendos is located just twenty minutes from Hibiscus Cottage, and hosts an open air summer opera and ballet festival in its atmospheric surroundings.
Cappodocia is some distance from Side, but available to visit with an overnight stay on a local tour. Over millions of years, volcanic eruptions created conical spires called fairy chimneys. The early inhabitants of this magical place embraced Christianity where they built secret churches, dwellings and entire underground cities that could harbour as many as 20,000 souls in safety from marauding raiders. It is possible to take a hot air balloon over the area.
Demre – St Nicolas (Santa Claus) was the bishop of Demre during the fourth century. Demre's Basilica of St Nicholas commemorates the saint, whose legendary generosity seems to have originated from his practice of giving coins to poor households by anonymously dropping them down the chimney. From here you can visit the rock tombs at Myra and the sunken city of Kekova by boat.
Duden Waterfalls can easily be reached by public transport or rented car. The waterfall is 20m wide and the 15m deep, with a cave formed beneath it. Located in a park, it is a pleasant place to picnic and listen to the sound of the water. Take the stairs down to walk along the river and see the stalagmites and stalactites. You can also visit the cave and watch the water as it falls in front of you.
Köprülü Kanyon is a miracle of nature and one of the best scenic and recreational areas of Turkey. It is famous for its rafting and jeep safaris, and is also a favourite of fishermen, ramblers and horse riders. Enjoy a sunset trek on the awe-inspiring Taurus mountains. Owing to its length of 14km. and its walls exceeding 100m height, the valley formed by the river Kopru is the longest canyon in Turkey. Inside the National Park there are also ruins of the ancient city of Selge.
Manavgat is a local shopping town with major banks, supermarkets and restaurants, essential for everyday life. Manavgat is also well known for its picturesque waterfalls and rivers.
Pamukkale is where the ancient city of Hierapolis was built on the site of the rich mineral waters of Pamukkale, where the steaming water has hallowed enormous circular basins in the earth as it flowed down the mountainside, coating the slopes in a smooth layer of dazzlingly white calcareous rock. For thousands of years a deep underground spring has been pouring out streams of hot, mineral saturated water with a temperature of 36-38°. The waters are used for drinking and bathing. They are recommended for the treatment of rheumatic, dermatological, digestive problems, as well s many other disorders.
Perge was settled in 1200 B.C. In 332 B.C. Perge, like Side, reached an agreement with Alexander the Great and thus did not go to war or suffer the usual ravages. It lived through the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine epochs. Its 15,000 spectator theatre was built in the 2nd century A.D. and its well-preserved stadium could hold 12,000. There are 30 rooms, believed to have been used as shops, underneath the stadium seats. Some of the things worth seeing in Perge are the gates, agora, nymphaeum, the pillared streets, sarcophagi, basilica and acropolis.
Sorgun beach is possibly the most beautiful beach in the region, and it is located just 3km to the east of Side. It backs to a nature reserve and is unspoilt and relaxing. It is very peaceful beach but with stronger waves and currents, so be careful with children. Sorgun may be reached via dolmus, with a change at Side. Walk to the last cafe on the beach where you can lie all day for the price of a soft drink.
Hibiscus Cottage is close to the popular town of Side (pronounced Sea-day) on the coast of Turkey, with stunning views of the Mediterranean and the Taurus Mountains. The old town of Side sits on a headland, with several beaches of either side, offering a range of watersports. Side is a must for history lovers, with an ancient amphitheater and two second-century temples for visitors to appreciate.
Two long, wide, golden beaches extend for miles either side of the old town of Side. They dip gently down to a shallow sea, making them ideal for children. The beach has Blue Flag status, and stretches for 630 km along the Turquoise Coast.
The beaches are lined with restaurants and offer boat trips, parasailing, banana boats, jet skis, pedalos, basketball, snorkelling, scuba diving and horse riding. There are also five championship level golf courses in Belek (20 minutes drive).
Side's exact date of founding is not known. In the language of Anatolia, "Side" means Pomegranate. From inscriptions it appears that Side dates back to the Hittites. The city was constructed on a peninsula and was a Hellenistic and Roman town, protected by city and sea walls. See the fascinating ruins and the museum, where you'll find some of the statues and art treasures found in Side. One of its most important buildings is its 15,000 spectator theatre, built on a series of arches 20 m high. Side has colonnaded streets, a triumphal arch, harbour, baths, fountains, cisterns, aquaducts, temples and a agora. Close to the harbour you will find the beautiful Temple of Apollo.
Side is a great place for archaeology buffs. The old part of the town, dominated by a Greco-Roman amphitheatre, has been occupied on and off for well over 2,000 years. There is an interesting archaeological museum in the town.
The thriving present-day town combines many ancient walls and buildings with modern structures. The temple of Apollo and the harbour offer perfect vantage points to watch the sun go down. There are many restaurants, bars and cafes.
Side is a 45 minute stroll along the beach or promenade from Hibiscus Cottage. The town can also be easily accessed in ten minutes by local bus (dolmus) or taxi. The old town of Side is open every day for the sale of carpets, rugs, jewellery, leather, shoes, brassware and clothes. A local Saturday market supplies fresh food and there is a large supermarket nearby.
In the evenings, a stroll along the promenade is very pleasant. Here there are restaurants and bars with live music. The sunsets are spectacular, and it is very relaxing to watch the sun going down behind the horizon.
Nearby archaeological sites of interest abound, making this the perfect destination for the cultural enthusiast, but if it is beaches with clear waters and sparkling sands that you want, they will be found here too.