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Olympos

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Introduction

The ancient town of Olympos is located in a valley on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey around 90 kilometres east of Antalya. The city has probably taken its name from the nearby Mount Olympos which is known locally as Tahtali Dag.

Roman ruins and sea front at Olympos near Antalya, Turkey

Roman ruins and sea front at Olympos near Antalya, Turkey

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History

Olympos was founded in the Hellinistic period and its coin date back to 2nd Century BC. This city became an important centre in the Lycian era. The town declined in importance in the 1st Century BC when it was attacked and controlled by the Pirates. Romans seized it from the pirates in 2nd Century AD and subsequently in the middle ages the Venetians, Genoese and Rhodians built fortresses along the coast. The town was finally abandoned with the arrival of Ottomans in 15th Century. Recently it has become a hot spot for tourists.

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Sights

  • Eternal fire also known as Chimaera can be reached by a trek of around 30 minutes in the neighboring village of Cirali. The source of these eternal flames has been found to be natural gas gushing through cracks in the earth. During ancient period, this fire was worshipped and revered by the locals.
    Eternal flame at Olympos, Turkey

    Eternal flame at Olympos, Turkey

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  • Beach is lovely and quite popular amongst young holiday seekers.
  • Greeco-Roman ruins and fortress located along the coast are worth a visit.
  • Olympos coastal National Park located in the picturesque valley is popular for trekking expeditions, mountain biking, rock climbing, sea kayaking, etc.

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Weather

Olympos has a typical Mediterranean climate with dry summers and moderately warm and moist winters.

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Getting There

By Plane

The nearest airport is in Antalya which is located around 80 kilometres from Olympos. This airport handles both domestic and international flights. Antalya is well connected with other parts of Turkey by domestic flights and it is also directly connected with many of the cities of Europe and Middle East.

Olympos beach near Antalya, Turkey

Olympos beach near Antalya, Turkey

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By Train

Olympos is not connected by rail services. However tourists can travel by train upto Denizli and from there lots of buses are available to Olympos which cover the distance in around 4-5 hours.

By Bus

Bus service is excellent in Turkey. Olympos main road bus station has good connections with other cities of Turkey like Antalya, Cappadocia, Fethiye, etc. Buses coming from Antalya towards Fethiye and Kas usually stop at the main road bus station and from there you can catch an Olympos service down to the valley to the beach and the ruins. Two of the well known and most reputed bus companies operating in Turkey are Varan and Ulusoy.

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Getting Around

The best way to explore the Olympos valley and its surroundings is on a bicycle which can be hired locally.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Bayrams TreehouseOlympos AntalyaHostel89
Kadir's Tree HouseOlympos AntalyaHostel83
Olympos Orange PensionOlympos Kumluca AntalyaHostel90
Saban PensionYazirkoyu KumlucaHostel96
Turkmen PensionOlympos Yazir Koyu KumlucaHostel86
Yakamoz PensionOlympos VillageHostel-
Aida HotelCirali/Olympos - KemerHotel91
Hotel 212Kiliseyakasi MevkiiHotel87
VHS Rahmis HotelUcbuk Mevkii Deniz QuarterHotel-
Olympia HotelOlympos MevkiiHotel-
Deep Green BungalowsOlympos Mevkii Yazir Koyu KumlucaHOSTEL92
Olympia TreehouseCirali Koyu, KemerApartment84
Koyevi Olympos CountryhouseKilise Yakasi #305Guesthouse-
Robina PensionYazir VillageGuesthouse-
Olympos Life HotelKilise Yakasi Mevkii 115 YazirkoyuHotel-
Sheriff PensionYazirkoyu, Olympos MevkiGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes can be found everywhere except small rural villages. The cost of an hour use of internet ranges from 1 YTL to 1.5 YTL. Wireless internet is becoming popular in some cafes in big cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, and at airpots. But in many other places it's still not available, or sometimes at a very high cost.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Turkey's international country code is 90. Dial 112 for an ambulance anywhere, from any telephone, without a charge. In case of a fire, dial 110; for police, call 155. However, in rural areas there is not a police coverage, so dial 156 for gendarme, a military unit for rural security. All these numbers are free of charge and can be called from a telephone booth without inserting a calling card, or any phone including cell phones.

There are telephone booths owned by Turk Telekom in major parts of cities. public phones now operate with chip telekom cards which are available in 30, 60 or 120 units and can be obtained at post offices, newspaper and tobacco kiosks.
It is estimated that approximately 98% of the population of Turkey lives within the coverage areas of Turkey’s three cell phone line providers. Line providers from most countries have roaming agreements with one or more of these companies. Pre-paid mobile phone SIM cards can be purchased for approximately TRY20-50. These can be purchased at the airport on arrival or from the many outlets in Istanbul and other large cities. Providers include Vodaphone.

Post

PTT is the national post service in Turkey. Services are generally moderately fast but quite reliable. There is an extended price list on the PTT website, where you can see the costs of sending items within Turkey, countries in Europe and further afield. For sending packages one might also use international companies such as DHL and UPS and local companies such as Yurtici Kargo. Post offices bear the distinctive yellow PTT sign and are generally open between 9:00am to 12:00 noon and 1:30pm to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday. Some might keep longer hours or be open during the weekend as well, but this mainly applies to the larger ones or those in central places and tourist areas.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 36.403
  • Longitude: 30.471

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