Chimaera, Cirali

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Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
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 Cirali trip simple and quick.
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  • From the car park to the site (up hill) is about 1 km. A reasonable distance, so pace yourself. The way up is covered with trees and is very scenic. The area that is burning is not huge, so don't...  more »
  • Amazing for kids and adults. Not for people handicapped in walking. Not too steep 10 min walk to the first fire site. Watch out with small kids, keep them by the hand. Taxi takes you there from...  more »
  • Unique place. There are small and big ones. Big ones are more touristically and small ones are more unique. I recommend you to go up and check it by yourself)  more »
  • Definitely worth the visit. Don't forget marshmallows 😜. Get there before sunset and then stay until dark so you can truly appreciate it. The walk is only 900 meters. Not wheelchair accessible.
  • The gas comes from under the ground. It is a unique experience. You walk on real roman ruins. Some even have text carvings. The bast time is when it is dark. 10 lira entrance fee.
  • Nice but not as spectacular as I thought it would be as we are talking about small flames. Remember if you drive there you still need to walk a path uphill for around 1000 metres. Nonetheless the area around it and voll of hotels, bungalows and lodges. I think it’s a nice place to stay. The road there though is very curvy let’s say.
  • Cool place to see and incredible 1km hike to reach the top (plus around 3km to get there from the town center)... There were too much tourists so we couldn't really enjoy the place... On the side note, the place would be much better if there are some lightning. The fire is best to see in the evening and it's not a problem to get to the top, but getting down the rocky hill with only the mobile torch can be really dangerous. Also more information about the old walls and fire itself would be really helpful.
  • incredible place! it's better to go at dusk, because the effect of a burning flame in the dark is much better. climbing took about 10 minutes, but it was hard because of the stuffiness. however it was worth it. be sure to take the time to gaze at the stars !! due to the distance from large settlements, the sky is incredibly beautiful and all the stars and even the milky way are visible. be careful on the way down: some stones are polished over time, therefore they are very slippery.

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