The ruins of the ancient Apollo temple can be witnessed towards the end of the peninsula of Side, directly on its coast. It has origins that date back as far as the 2nd century BC to the time of the Romans and is one of the two major temples of the ancient Roman city. Five columns of the ancient temple are left standing at present and the size and height of the columns itself give an idea of how huge the original temple would have been back in the day. The area is especially scenic during sunset, when the russet red skies and glittery waters of the beach form the perfect backdrop to marvel this fascinating piece of ancient history. Several other Roman ruins are also located in the vicinity of the Apollo Temple and are worth taking a look at.
Sight-seeing can be done free of charge.
Daytime visits are recommended.
Around 1 hour
Adults, Families, Young Adults, Senior Guests, Children
The five pillars of the temple
Though designated prayer facilities at the Apollo Temple may be unavailable, ample private space is available in the vicinity of the Apollo Temple and can be used by Muslim travellers during prayer times. It is also possible for visitors to go to some of the main mosques in Side such as the Fatith Mosque and the Selimiye Mosque.
Access to Halal food near the Apollo Temple will not be much of a difficulty. A number of eateries are available close to the site of the Apollo Temple, serving a range of Halal Turkish snacks and Halal food items. When in doubt, Muslim travellers could always enquire with shop owners about the Halal authenticity of the food being sold.