Cirali is an agricultural village in the province of Antalya, Turkey. It is located in the Olimpos Beydaglari Milli Parki - a conservation area of great natural beauty and historical importance - and lies wedged between the rugged mountainous inland and the Bay of Olimpos (Mediterranean Sea). Because of its distance to the centers of mass tourism - Antalya and Alanya to the east and Fethiye and Bodrum to the west - it is the ideal location for a tranquil holiday in truly impressive surroundings. Cirali Village Like so many villages in Turkey, Cirali is a far cry from the traditional West European villages with their village squares and well defined districts and boundaries - rather, it is a collection of buildings and agricultural plots spread across a wide area. Nevertheless, a small village center of sorts has formed along what is known as 'the main street', a stretch of road leading from the bridge across the Ulupinar river all the way along the famous beach to the cliffs that mark the northern end of the village. Along this main street one finds a series of small-scale hotels and guest houses, one or two small shops known as markets or bakkals, a number of small, quaint restaurants and one or two small travel agencies and rent-a-car businesses. All of these are run by local families and most take pride to be able to assist you in a variety of ways. Do not be surprised to find one of the family running a recommended gozleme restaurant weaving traditional carpets and mats (kilims) on a small wooden loom right next to where the grandmother is preparing your meal. Cirali Beach Perhaps one of the best attractions of Cirali is its beautiful beach. Cirali beach is a clean, unspoilt, wide, 4-km long strip of sand between the blue waters of the Bay of Olimpos and the orchards and copses of pine trees that lead back to the village. It offers a spectacular view of two great mountains - Mount Musa (Musa Dagi) to the south and Mount Tahtali (Tahtali Dagi, also known as Mount Olympus; 2,366 m) to the northwest. At the southern tip of the beach, at the mouth of a (mostly dry) river emerging from the rugged hinterland are the ruins of the ancient port of Olympos, which was first mentioned in the Hellenistic period and rose to infamy as a pirate's sanctuary in the 1st century BC.>>>
In addition, Cirali beach is the favorite place of a variety of the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta caretta or Mediterranean loggerhead), specimens of which return here every summer to lay their eggs in the sand. The inhabitants of Cirali are very proud of their 'caretta carettas' and, if asked kindly, may well invite you to be witness to the unique spectacle of watching the young turtles emerge from their eggs and scuttle towards the sea during the early morning hours in September. Finally, Cirali beach features a number of small, attractive restaurants which offer fresh food prepared according to traditional Turkish recipes. Because of its algae-free waters, its natural beauty and its historical importance, Cirali beach is regarded by most as the last true hidden paradise of the Turkish Riviera.
The accommodation in Cirali
Sightseeings in and around Cirali
The Chimera (Yanartaş), the eternal flames on a rocky mountainside above Çıralı village near Olimpos, is a fascinating natural phenomenon
Phaselis is an ancient city ranged on a peninsula surrounded by three small, perfect bays, now protected within the grounds of a beautiful national park
Historians are unsure of the exact date, when the city was founded; but they can verify, it dates from the Hellenistic period. As one of the six cities with voting power in the Lycian league, it had huge importance and status, but the position on the coastline, also left it vulnerable to attacks from pirates.
Benefits of Cirali
The peace and the quiet
The large unspoiled sandy beach
The antique city of Olympos
A place of relaxation, harmony and
The last true hidden paradise of the
Sorry no mcDonalds, no frantic freeways
The ultimate vacation paradise
Cirali on the Lycian coast
Ideal place for of balance
The eternal flame of the Chimaira
Small-scale hotels and guesthouses
No mass tourism or 5 star hotels
Only family owned hotels and
The magical place where gods lived
It is a place for nature lovers
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