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Chimaera, Olympos

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Geologic Formation · Wildlife Area
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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. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Olympos trip simple and quick.
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  • The walk to the fire from Cirali is very pleasant. Beautiful forest. The flames come out from the cracks on mountain, make it is very interesting to see. I found it very safe to get to the site and... 
    The walk to the fire from Cirali is very pleasant. Beautiful forest. The flames come out from the cracks on mountain, make it is very interesting to see. I found it very safe to get to the site and...  more »
  • Visited as part of small group tour.Advised that walk through the woods is 1km,with a total grdient of 250 m. No idea how that equates to UK gradients(old style)1 in 4? The path zig zags up,the group....  more
    Visited as part of small group tour.Advised that walk through the woods is 1km,with a total grdient of 250 m. No idea how that equates to UK gradients(old style)1 in 4? The path zig zags up,the group....  more »
  • From the car park (where you pay a small fee) it is 1km walk to the site of the fires. However, it is quite steep in parts so not for the unfit. It is well worth seeing if in this area, such a... 
    From the car park (where you pay a small fee) it is 1km walk to the site of the fires. However, it is quite steep in parts so not for the unfit. It is well worth seeing if in this area, such a...  more »
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  • Great history. About a 1km hike up and then that's it. Not tour guide description at all. You're left to your own. I suggest researching this place before hand. Amazing to see the flames and understanding how this is an attraction. Take some sausages and marshmallows for quick roast snacks.
  • An easy hike to see the fire. About 1km and the trail is clearly marked. Cost was about 15Tl and parking was available and free. I read after that its estimated the flames have been burning for at least 2,500 years. A great stop and such an amazing place to see!
  • Nice place to visit especially in the evening it's dark and the fires are very visible. Take a flashlight as it gets very dark and the path can be tricky. The cost to enter is 12 lira and there is parking at the entrance. There are toilets. The walkway is step and a good 20 minute hike uphill, quite steep. 3btraveller
  • We weren’t sure if we wanted to do this hike, but are so glad we did! It is an uphill, 20-30 minute hike for us and was relatively easy. The flames were so neat! We went at dusk, but with a flashlight it was an easy climb down. Small entry fee, but it was worth it and a fun, unique experience.
  • Great place to visit especially in the evening when it's dark as the fires show up so well. Take a torch and some marshmallows. It costs just 12 lira and there is parking at the entrance. There are toilets by the car park. The path is quite steep, I think about 750 metres uphill. There are about 15 various fires at the top all burning from natural gas escaping between the rocks, its amazing to think theses fires have been burning for thousands of years. Well worth a visit.

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