Olimpos Kilise Yakasi, Olympos, 7350, Turkey
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views from the upper flames
Our 'green' house
Olympos to Greece
Can anyone tell me how to travel from Olympos to Greece are there any ferries? or busses ?
Re: Olympos to Greece
Well, Olympos is actually in Greece, on Peloponnese, actually. Did you mean Athens? There are trains actually on the Peloponnese (wich is a peninsular, not an island) all the way to Athens.
Re: Olympos to Greece
I believe the closest port is Kas.
Well actually it is not big port but small tourist town, but you still can hire a boat (with other people or by yourself) for cheap price to Greek islands. The trips takes about 30 min.
Travel Tips for Olympos
Long-sleeve shirts and no shorts after dawn! Mosquito repellent if you can bare the smell Take a torch with you in advance if you're thinking of climbing to the Cirali Mountain -eternel flames and all- it's pitch dark after sunset and they rent torches at astronomical prices. You can't climb without one so...
Sports in Olympos
Olympos gives great opportunities for many activities!
If you are an active sports person i recommend to bring your own gear, what they rent out is in my opinion on high costs and the quality on the equipment is not that good.
The possibilities Olympos and surrounding gives are:
- Swimming (the water temperatures are good)
- Biking (mostly dirt roads and bumpy asphalt roads in hilly environment)
- sea kayaking (beautiful surroundings)
- canyoning/gorgeing (not far away from olympos there is a beauticul canyon with possibillities for whole day trips. we went there as tourists, but if you bring your own climbing gear and a steady group you can discover nice hidden places)
- rafting (not recommended to do with a local company since security does not seam to be some of the companies highest prority)
- creeking/kayaking (not sure about the possibillities, but they exist) Bring the gear you know you need
The Caretta Sea Turtles
The beach of Cirali / Olympos is a protected area by the WWF for the nesting of the Caretta or also known as the Loggerhead sea turtles.
The DHKD, by means of brochures in English and Turkish, is warning both local residents and tourists against upsetting the turtles. The brochures, which remind their readers that protection measures are being undertaken because the Caretta Caretta sea turtle is an endangered species according to the Bern and Barcelona International Agreements to which Turkey is a party, recommended rules are listed for the turtles' breeding season, which runs from May to September as follows:
1. Don't drive motor vehicles on the beach.
2. Don't light fires on the beach.
3. Do not use torches on the beach at night.
4. Cover lights which can be seen from the beach.
5. Within one mile from beach, do not use speedboats at more than 5 miles per hour.
6. Do not throw plastic and rubbish on the beach.
7. Do not leave your belongings on the beach at night and do not set up beach umbrellas within 35 m. of the sea.
8. Do not dig in the sand within 35 m. of the sea.
9. Do not leave dogs to run loose on the beach.
10. Do not handle baby turtles.
Olympos anthique city
This ancient city is situated on the southern side of Mount Tahtali. Whether coming by sea or land do not miss the Olympos Valley shaded with oleander and laurel shrubs and the refreshing quiet pools of flowing water. The design of the mosaics in the Olympos bath is enhanced by the play of light while a temple gate and a theatre are of interest along with the other walls and towers around the bay which date from the Middle Ages. North of Olympos, up from Cirah Beach, is Yanartas (at a height of 300 m) where, according to mythology the fire breathing monster, Chimaera, was slain by the Lycian hero Bellerophon who was mounted on his winged horse, Pegasus. There are remains from the Byzantines who attached religious importance to the area. Tranquil waters and sandy beaches line the Bay of Cavus, just south of Olympos.
The Castle on the Hill
A perfect way to end an afternoon of exploring the Olympos ruins is to climb to the top of the hill (one of many, but you can't miss the ruined castle on top) and picnic in the ruins of the ancient castle or fortress overlooking the Mediterranean.
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