Olimpos (Olympus)
Olympos coastal national park
Approx. 32 miles south along the coast from Antalya

For those of you who look back to  your childhood and miss playing in tree-houses and enjoying nature, this place is made for you. It is a little further afield and will take about 2 hours to get to, but the novelty of the features here will make your trip worthwhile.

This place has history and character, having appeared in Homer’s Odyssey. From this mountainous area, Poseidon looked out to sea and upon seeing Odysseus escape, brewed up a storm that would wreck him on the island of Nausicaa.
Looking back from the sea, sailors used to be able to see a natural flame that has been burning here for centuries. These days the flame has broken into many smaller flames but nevertheless it is still an impressive natural curiosity to behold. The Chimera, as the flames are known, are produced by natural gas diffusing from cracks in the rock and gave rise to local worship of the god Hephaistos, God of fire, in ancient times.

There is a laid back and friendly beach here with many travellers resting midway across Turkey. A game of frisbee, hiking with new friends, lounging with a book in a hammock or partying into the night are never far away for those who stay in one of the tree house resorts.

Outdoor Pursuits

This area is also a magnet for outdoor sports enthusiasts with climbing, rafting, mountain biking and kayaking all provided for in this peaceful park.

The Chimera, the natural flames found here, is produced by natural gas diffusing from cracks in the rock and have given rise to local worship of the god Hephaistos, God of fire.

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