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A worthwhile visit see to see the eternal flame and the views

This is Mount Olympus and the eternal flame which never goes out. It is the legendary home of the... read more

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tonyboylan
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Wigan, United Kingdom
Nice in the day but better at night

A unique experience with flames coming from the rocks over quite a large area. A one Km walk up... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
FaizalP61
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Sungai Buloh, Malaysia
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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.
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Cirali, Cirali, Turkey
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 January 2007

Located in the Cirali village are the burning flames of the Chimaera. It is a series of flames issuing ot of cracks in the bare mountain face. It's not known what causes the phenomenon but traces of methane in the gas can be detected. The...More

15  Thank canmom
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 16 August 2011

I wanted to write a review that addresses non-sports-persons like me :) When we were staying in Olympos, we wanted to see Chimaera as well. I had researched it from the internet before going there and nobody told that it would be 1000mt uphill hiking....More

2  Thank GulruB
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Reviewed yesterday

This is Mount Olympus and the eternal flame which never goes out. It is the legendary home of the Chimaera a fire breathing dragon of Greek mythology it was killed by Bellerophon. Finding the place is not easy unless you are on a tour bus....More

Thank tonyboylan
Reviewed 2 days ago

Exactly as titled - A long steep walk to see some small flames. Very uneven steps to get to the fires. Not for casual walkers. Mostly I would consider it climbing. Would suggest a little over an hour for the return walk, and no more...More

Thank AndPancho
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A unique experience with flames coming from the rocks over quite a large area. A one Km walk up hill to the site along a good path. In daytime it is impressive - but better in the evening or night.

Thank FaizalP61
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A most memorable evening walk in the moonlight up to see the impressive flames emerging from this hillside. A unique experience on a warm evening!

Thank PJoCumbria
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well it's a good hike up and down but a totally unique experience. Much of the path is ok but towards the top it gets a bit tricky, walking over rough and smooth boulders and rocks....ok if you're sure footed and wearing sturdy trainers but...More

Thank vivien39
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The walk up the hill is 25 minutes and fine unless you have mobility issues. There is a rock path that is easy to follow but some of the steps are high and the path is uneven. If walking back in the dark then you...More

Thank SteveMariners
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I highly recommend visiting the place to see an interesting natural phenomenon - a bunch of fires burning from inside the rocks: beautiful and calming view, especially in the evening. The walk is pleasant as well: picturesque forest all around and great panorama of the...More

1  Thank amk2f
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

There’s a lot of whining and whinging from people on here who clearly don’t walk very far or are expecting some kind of 8th wonder or miracle! Guys it is what it is, a long steep but not unpleasant walk to see a genuine natural...More

Thank jasonsS2271FX
Reviewed 24 September 2018

This is a more than one kilometer hike going up hill. A good shoes is recommended. The view is pleasonat

Thank Lingang
Reviewed 21 September 2018

This is an amazing natural phenomena and while we saw it in daylight, it was no less impressive. It's a steep hike up a 1k route on stony ground and some quite big steps, so wear good footwear. But it's worth the effort at the...More

2  Thank sky0fblue
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Valerie W
12 February 2016|
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Response from Baclava | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the other comments. I am 72 years old and managed to get to the first level of flames. I did struggle a bit as it is a very rocky and uneven path.
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Kassandra C
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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