The mountains around Cirali rise up to 1500 metres. Many of our guests like hiking in the mountains especially in the spring and fall when the temperatures are ideal for long walks. There is a variety of paths good for all ages and people with different physical conditions. There are 3 branches of the Lycian way, one of the world’s best long distance trekking paths that lead out from Cirali. The guide-book is available in our library for detailed descriptions of the Lycian way.
Chimera – Yanartaş
One-hour. The fire-breathing monster, Chimaera, is an important symbol of the ancient Lycian civilisation and it is in Cirali. The path is good and the climb itself is not steep. We believe that visiting Chimera is a must. We recommend that you go there in the evening to see these flames eternally burning on the side of the mountains.
Fish Village – Ulupınar
3 hours. The walkstarts from the village of Ulupınar. We can arrange your transportation to the beginning of the walk. The village of Ulupınar has many restaurants located on waterfalls. They serve fish and other traditional Turkish dishes. After the lunch, you descend to a valley, then climb up to the Chimera and down to Cirali . On this tour, you will also see a smaller group of flames at a higher altitude than the Chimera. It is relatively easy since it involves very little climbing.
5-6 hours. The hike is not done during the winter months when there is snow on Mount Tahtali (January to March), the highest mountain in the region. You take transportation to the highland of Beycik and start the climb there. The most challenging of all the hikes with the most spectacular scenery of the region and the sea. Recently a restaurant/cafe has been built at the peak and there is an aerial cable car which will take you down to the main road. It is truly a breath taking ride! Once on the main road, you can either take a taxi which we can send or use public transportation back to Cirali.
Olympos – Adrasan
The longest hike
8 hours. This is the longest hike, and you should be fairly fit since it involves considerable climbing up and down the Mount Musa. It starts from the antique city of Olympos located by the beach in Cirali . After a 4-hour climb through the woods with spectacular scenery on all sides, you have a picnic prepared for you. In Adrasan you take a taxi back to Cirali. We believe this would be one of the most spectacular hiking tours you would make in our area.
Not far from Cirali are several highlands at altitudes of more than one thousand meters. You can hike to a number of them from Cirali and we can arrange transportation to take you back. On these highlands you will observe traditional nomadic living as well as now almost extinct cedar trees. We can organize a full day trip for you, including walks and traditional nomadic food.