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Chimaera

#2 of 7 things to do in Cirali Features Animals
Cirali, Cirali, Turkey
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The Chimaera Has Seen Better Days

To get to the well-traveled site, you have to beat your way through a bevy of trinket shops and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mark P
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Turkish Mediterranean Coast, Turkey
Long climb

Worth the climb but not for the unfit but luvly view from the top. We cycled there from Cirali an... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
jane507
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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
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A series of flames that spurt from cracks in the rock, which are caused by the combustion of natural gas seeping out of the mountain at the ancient site of Olympos.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“steep climb” (16 reviews)
“entrance fee” (8 reviews)
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Cirali, Cirali, Turkey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To get to the well-traveled site, you have to beat your way through a bevy of trinket shops and semi-restaurants. It's a fun drive from the main road if you like narrow switch-backed roads with lots of dusty traffic. I guess with a mythological name...More

Thank Mark P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the climb but not for the unfit but luvly view from the top. We cycled there from Cirali an easy ride.

Thank jane507
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walked up steep rough path from car park to the area with flames erupting from the rocks which are constantly changing. Good footwear is needed & in our we should have had waterproof coats. Ended up in a thunderstorm and walking back down a raging...More

Thank Bededaw
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

The hike up is quite beautiful as you walk through the trees up the mountain. It's not far, but contains a lot of steps. Don't expect massive fires breathing from stones as they're not high, but it's still cool to see and an odd phenomenon....More

Thank stephanie_cronje
Reviewed 14 May 2017

From Olympos Ruins you have to go by feet about 1h to the entrance (6 TL), then 20 min to the Chimaera exactly. Evening surprise in low season: no public transport to the road D400 at 19.00 and later. Thanks freindly turkish drivers and autostop...More

Thank OksanaLv
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

After a 10 minut drive from Dionysus lodge and a 20 minut easy hike you come to Chimera. It is a very nice place to enjoy the sunset. The phenomenon is very interesting.

Thank NadjaBrand
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Early may was good to visit but still a lot of people with music, food drink which to me seems a lot more suitable for beach party than forrest at night. However afret reaching the upper flames the tranquility was restored and if i had...More

Thank emil k
Reviewed 24 April 2017

This is a very good hike - approximately 30 minutes from Cirali to the top of the Chimaera. The hike itself is medium and depending upon the energy level may require one to rest 2 to 3 times on the way. Best time is to...More

Thank travel_n_adventures
Reviewed 22 April 2017

this was a fascinating sight at the end of a long day of walking . But if you are walking down on the Lycian way to Cirali be warned - the steps down to the car park really do go on for ever :-)

Thank Lesley W
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

The hike to Chimaera was a pleasant experience. We were on a road trip from Izmer to Antalya and Cirali was our last stop for a relaxing last 2 days before our flight to Cappadocia. This hike was perfect for our stay as we did...More

Thank Harsha K
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Valerie W
Is there a way up without the climb. Did I See mention of tractors?
12 February 2016|
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Response from Patsy B | Reviewed this property |
If you access this from their visitors centre below the Chimaera fires, there is a climb - lots of steps, slow and steady does it though. We took the bus into a village around the back, climbed and the came down via the... More
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Kassandra C
WHere is it ?
28 March 2015|
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Response from Ken M | Reviewed this property |
From Ciriali, you walk to the north end of the beach and follow the road inland around the bend. At the bottom of the hill is a reception center and small cafe. You have to climb up the hill on a well-traveled path to get to... More
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