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Cirali is off the main coastal road between Antalya and Kas in Southern Turkey. Cirali is the name of this village near Olympos with sweet smelling orange groves and a long unspoiled beach. Olympos, which was a port city established in the 2nd century and which continued to flourish until the 15th century A.D. It was one of the most easterly of the Lycian cities (see Xanthos) and takes it' s name from Mount Olympos of Lycia, now known as Tahtali Dag. The city was dedicated to Hephaestus, God of Fire, to whose presence was attributed the ever burning flames of the Chimaera, located the other side of Cirali.

Surrounded by glorious mountains and blessed with crystal clear waters, the beach of Olympos is so large it never feels crowded even in peak season. The beach is under protection as it is a nesting ground for sea turtles. As such, you will not find any banana boats or paragliders anywhere in sight.

The Ulupinar Conservation Coop protect and monitor the activities of local sea turtles. The beach is a popular nesting site for the species known as Caretta Caretta. Protecting them may also save the area from major development. There are few places left in Turkey, perhaps the whole Mediterranean, that are as pure and as beautiful as Olympos Beach. In 2007, the conservation coop will have a new GPS system and an infrared video camera to help document turtle activity. The beach is also home to various rare species of plants including Sand Lilies.

Cirali is the name of the village near Olympos with many sweet smelling orange groves and long unspoiled beach. Olympos, which was a port city established in the 2nd century and which continued to flourish until the 15th century A.D.

Olympos was one of the most easterly of the Lycian cities (see Xanthos) and takes it' s name from Mount Olympos of Lycia, now known as Tahtali Dag. The city was dedicated to Hephaestus, god of f ire, to whose presence was attributed the ever burning flames of the Chimaera, located the other side of Cirali. An hour' s walk from Olympos brings you to the natural phenomenon of Cirali. Known by the local inhabitants as the "burning mountain" (Yanartas), it is a result of escaping natural gas, whose flames have been shooting heavenwards for centuries. Homer' s Iliad tells the tale of Chimaira as well. It tells the story of how Bellerophon, who had been exiled from Argos, was sent to Lykia riding on Pegasus and how, after coming to Olympos, he killed the lion-headed, goat-torsoed, and snake-tailed Khimaira with his arrow. Bellerophon then threw the monster into the mouth of Mount Olympos, which is said to be the reason why there is an eternal flame in Çirali.

Resource: www.mylandnature.com



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