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Chimaera, Cirali

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At Chimaera, see the natural phenomenon of eternal flames leaping from the cracks in the mountain, which most likely inspired the myth of the ancient Greek monster of the same name. According to Homer's Iliad, the hero Bellerophon fought the fire-spitting hybrid of snake, lion, and goat on this very site. The constantly burning fires are caused by natural gasses like methane that spew from the rock. Walk from the park to the top of the "burning stone," past flaming gas vents to the remains of a temple dedicated the Greek god of fire. Wear hiking shoes, and be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp if you'll be hiking in the dark. Put Chimaera on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Cirali trip itinerary planner.
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  • To get to the well-traveled site, you have to beat your way through a bevy of trinket shops and semi-restaurants. It's a fun drive from the main road if you like narrow switch-backed roads with lots o...  more »
  • Worth the climb but not for the unfit but luvly view from the top. We cycled there from Cirali an easy ride.  more »
  • Walked up steep rough path from car park to the area with flames erupting from the rocks which are constantly changing. Good footwear is needed & in our we should have had waterproof coats. Ended up i...  more »

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Where to stay in Cirali

Beachside Çiralı represents a quiet alternative to neighboring towns. The natural beach of the Turquoise Coast welcomes visitors of all walks with its ruins and easygoing culture. Here you'll find a number of family-friendly hotels and guesthouses to choose from, as well as several hostels. Alternatively, consider camping at one of the many campgrounds where tents are available for rent. Most of the restaurants in the area are located inside hotels, so keep that in mind if you opt to stay elsewhere.
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