Rock tombs at Olympos with unique sliding stone doors Ancient rock tombs at Myra, built into the side of the mountain Beautiful long stretch of beach from Cirali to Olympos

When staying at this villa in Kalkan Turkey take time to visit further afield. Olympos is a valley on the Turquoise Coast of Turkey, 90 km southwest of Antalya city near the town of Kemer. Olympos is approximately 110km from Kalkan; an easy drive if you hire a car, and you can visit places such as Myra for the ruins, (top photo on left), and Finike with it's lovely marina, and the large town of Kumluca along the way.

The city of Olympos was founded in the Hellenistic period, sharing its name with nearby Mount Olympos.  The city became one of the six leading cities of the Lycian federation. In the 1st century BC, Olympos was invaded and settled by Cilician pirates. This ended in 78 BC, when the Roman commander Servilius Isaurieus added the city to the Roman Empire. The emperor Hadrian visited the city after which it took the name of Hadrianopolis for a period, in his honour.

Eternal Chimaera flames at Olympos with sea in background Near Olympos (head to Cirali), about 200 meters above sea level, eternal flames called the Chimaera (photo to left) may be seen issuing from the ground. The fuel source for the flames is natural gas, largely methane, seeping through cracks in the earth. Years ago people believed that the flames were coming from a mythical Chimera, a savage beast who sprouted fire from its mouth.

In the Middle Ages, Venetians, Genoese and Rhodians built two fortresses along the coast, but by the 15th century Olympos had been abandoned. Today the site attracts tourists, not only for the artefacts that can still be found (though fragmentary and widely scattered), but also for its scenic landscapes supporting wild grapevines, flowering oleander, bay trees, figs and pines. All of this lies just inland from a beautiful beach (above centre), along the course of a stream which runs through a rocky gorge.

If you feel like staying in the area for a day or two, then try out the famous tree houses at Olympos. You can book at Bayrams


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