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. Plan trip to Cirali with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • This is a pretty unusual place where gas ignites spontaneously. The cause is not quite clear but this has been observed since antiquity. We visited this place at 6.30 in the evening, it takes 30 min o...  more »
  • Sunrise on Mount itself, sort of. Accurate back. Dark. Stairs from stones. Slippery. Lived next to the hotel. On the way, pomegranate and orange gardens. The private sector. Took 30 minutes to rise.
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  • A place of stunning beauty. We arrived at dusk after sunset, people at the first site was three pairs-just in time for each "bonfire". After dark was quite magical-top stars at the bottom of the fire. From fire-heat. Please do not throw garbage-such a wonderful place! Rise 20 minutes. Be sure to take a flashlight, if you go in the evening. Entrance in February 2018 6 lire.
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