Located 80 km (50 miles) southwest
of Antalya on
coast not far from Phaselis, Çıralı is
a village set 7 km (4 miles) off the
D400 highway among pines, citrus orchards
and farmers' fields (map).
a pristine little beach (photos)
and atmospheric Roman ruins with
the nearby village of Olimpos,
but Çıralı (CHUR-ah-luh) (is
most famous for
the Chimaera (Yanartaş),
a natural eternal
flame located on a mountainside
at the north end of Çıralı village.
In ancient times, the Chimaera was
easily visible by mariners at sea,
but today it has dwindled to a series
of small flames, a less impressive
but still remarkable
natural phenomenon. More...
The best way to visit Çıralı
is by car because
it's 7 km (4.4 miles) south of the
coastal D400 highway. If you're going
by bus from
the north (Antalya, Kemer, Phaselis)
or from the west (Kaş, Kalkan, Demre)
you should ask the driver to
let you off at the road to Çıralı,
which he may well confuse with
the road to Olimpos only
one km farther along on the highway
Make sure he gets it right.
In summer, dolmush minibuses usually
wait at the Çıralı junction
to shuttle travelers to Çıralı
of Mediterranean Turkey
stream runs through the rocky Olimpos
Valley to Olimpos Beach, below.