History of Side

With its history dating back to the 6th century B.C., Side brags of one of the earliest settlements of the Anatolia region. Side (means pomegranate), due to its situational advantage served as an important harbor during the Hittite period and hence was a significant commercial town. Side large merchant fleets carried on business with the eastern and western Mediterranean countries. Earlier, the region served as a slave market, which traded in African slaves and as a hideout for pirates! This is because its long sandy beaches were perfect hideouts for pirates and slave traders. However, later it also flourished as a legitimate commercial center. Culturally too, the region was quite progressive and till date the ancient amphitheater, the temples of Gods and Goddesses, the Roman baths and various archeological finds bear the proof of that.