Çıralı

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Çıralı
Çıralı is located in Turkey
Çıralı
Çıralı
Coordinates: 36°23′48″N 30°28′23″E / 36.39667°N 30.47306°E / 36.39667; 30.47306Coordinates: 36°23′48″N 30°28′23″E / 36.39667°N 30.47306°E / 36.39667; 30.47306
Country  Turkey
Province Antalya Province
District Kemer
Cirali Olympos Beach
The mosque in Çıralı

Çıralı is an agricultural village in southwest Turkey, in the Kemer district of Antalya Province. It is walking distance from the ancient ruins of Olympos and Chimaera permanent gas vents, located in the ancient Lycia region of Anatolia.

Çıralı is a very small rural village located just over an hour's drive southwest from Antalya and has a 3.5 km secluded beach. The ancient ruins of Olympos are located on the far end of the sea side and in a long hike up the mountains the flames of the Chimaera[1] / Yanartaş[citation needed] can be found. Çıralı is also known for being an area protected by the WWF[clarification needed] for the nesting of caretta, also known as loggerhead sea turtles.[citation needed]

Çıralı's beach is surrounded by family-run pensions conveniently located for tourists. Little cafes run along the seashore down to the side of the beach with the ancient ruins of Olympos. The location of the beach allows people to enjoy the sunrise that spreads over the salty Mediterranean sea.

The "secret seaside"[1] is also near the Ulupınar region,[citation needed] which is rich in rivers and creeks. In fact, Çıralı is one of the last untouched natural areas along the Antalya coastline.[citation needed]

Highlights of the Lycian Way with paths can also be found in Çıralı. One of these paths runs from Çıralı to Tekirova (19 km) and another travels from Çıralı to Ulupınar and then back down to the flames of the Chimaera, which is around 12 km. Another section of the Lycian Way (Likya Yolu) near Çıralı, is the summit of Tahtalı Dağ, also known as Mt. Olympos. It is located in the National Park of Olympos or Olimpos Bey Dağları Parkı.[citation needed]

Çıralı is full of historic sites such as the ruins of Olympos and the flames of Chimaera. It is also a highly visited location during the summer for its large seaside.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Cirali, Turkey: Secret Seaside". UK Telegraph TRAVEL]. Retrieved 2014-11-29. 

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