The Turquoise Coast Sights

Chimaera

  • Yanartaş Map It
  • Çirali
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 07/06/2016

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At the far end of Çıralı, an evening scramble up a sometimes steep path will bring you to the Chimaera, named after the ferocious fire-breathing beast of legend. Flames can still be seen rising from cracks in the rock, apparently also burning the gas deep below, since they reignite even if covered. In times past, the flames were apparently even more vigorous, visible by sailors offshore, and the ruins of an ancient stone building can be seen near the flames. The Chimaera is inland from the far southern end of Çıralı; take either of the main roads to the end, and then head inland. If you're staying in Olympos it's a 7-km (5-mile) 90-minute walk, so you may want to drive or bike to the bottom of the hill, or take a tour, which most hotels in the area will arrange. You can see the flames in the day, but they're best at night. Bring a flashlight for all the stairs, since there's no lighting. In peak season, you'll need to choose between going as late as possible to avoid the crowds, or in daylight so you can see the pretty mountainside.

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In from Çıralı; 7 km (5 miles) outside Olympos, Yanartaş, Çirali, Antalya, 07980, Turkey

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Sight Details:

  • 6 TL
  • Daily 24 hrs

Published 07/06/2016

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