Located 80 km (50 miles) southwest
of Antalya on
coast not far from Phaselis, Çıralı (CHUR-ah-LUH) 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 is most famous
the Chimera (Yanartaş),
a natural eternal
flame located on a mountainside
at the north end of Çıralı village.
In ancient times, the Chimera 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
for about TL8
—by Tom Brosnahan
stream runs through the rocky
Valley to Olimpos Beach.