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Olympos Beach

  • Beach–Sight
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/20/2006

Fodor's Review

This 5-km (3-mile) sweep of beach, with a line of fir trees behind it and a surrounding amphitheater of mountains (including the 8,000-foot peak of Mt. Olympos) is one of the wonders of Turkey. Although it has managed to escape the ravages of industrial tourism, there are several good beachfront restaurants where you can eat during the day or spend an evening. Note that Olympos and Çıralı are only separated by a short walk along the beach, but it's a long drive around the mountain. The surface here consists mostly of smooth white and multicolor pebbles mixed with some light gray sand, so prepare to recline on a lounger rather than a beach towel. Keep an eye out for the nests of caretta caretta turtles, who regularly lay their eggs on the beach. If it's crowded near Olympos, stroll up towards Çıralı, where you're likely to find a patch of beach all to yourself, even in high season. Amenities: food and drink; parking (free); toilets. Best for: swimming; walking.

Sight Information

Address:

Between Olympos and Çiralı, , 07980, Turkey

Published 07/20/2006

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