Olympos and Famous Tree Houses
Olimpos is known for a lovely little beach, a pine forest, tree house hotels, and the Chimera, a natural flame that has been burning for centuries.
Located 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Antalya on Turkeys Mediterranean coas, Olympos is a small Turkish village located 7 km (4 miles) off the highway among pines, citrus orchards and farming areas.
Olympos beach was discovered by backpackers travelling on a budget and became popular early on for its unique tree-house camps and cheap pensions, the most famous of Olympos hotels which is the renewed (due to a unlucky fire accident) Kadirs Tree Houses and Bayrams treehouses and Olympia Treehouses are also worth staying. There are also numerous pensions and cheap accommodation options all around the area.
Tree houses offer a variety of comfort levels, and where else can you live in a tree with an wireless internet connection ?
The Chimera (Yanartas) is a natural eternal flame located on a mountainside about 7 km from Olympos village. The flame was easily seen by mariners at sea from distances in ancient times, but today it has seperated into a series of tiny flames, a less impressive but still a fascinating natural phenomenon.
The easist way to go to Cirali Olympos is by car because its 7 km (2.5 miles) south of the coastal highway. If you are going by bus from the north (Antalya, Kemer, Phaselis) or from the west (Kas, Kalkan, Demre, Fethiye). Dont forget to ask the driver to let you off at the road to Olimpos.
In summer, minibuses and taxis wait at this junction point and at the restaurant on the highway to shuttle travellers to Olympos. They usually meet the bus departure and arrivals.
Check the list of Olympos Hotels for accommodation options.