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thinking of going to hotel canada - what is there to do besides beach and pool whilst there. also do we need a car and how easy is it to drive etc

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Hi...have you read the "things to do" page ??

tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g311312-Activiti…

There are also many activities depending on the time of year..when do you plan to travel ???

Snorkelling, sea-kayaking, hiking, biking, scuba diving, nature walks, exploring the vast ruins, a wlk up to the flames of the chimaera just to name a few..

If you plan to stay inside Cirali ..no...you dont need a car however if you want to make any day trips to nearby historical areas such are Phaselis, Demre, Arykanda for example you can rent a car in Cirali for your daily needs.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g311312-c11522/Cirali…

you can also use the bus system to get to nearby towns..

also have a read here;

tripadvisor.com/AllReviews-g311312-Cirali_Tu…

Kumluca or Kemer and they are located about 30 minutes away. These towns can be accessed by private car or by the local bus system on either Fridays to Kumluca or to Kemer on Mondays. The buses leave at about 9:30 am and get back around 2:30 pm.

On Fridays it is nice to visit the local produce market in Kumluca... a special treat away from the more touristic bazzars located in the bigger resort areas.

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ps..my photos of Cirali and the area;

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/canmom/sets/

forgot to also mention the cable car ride up to Tahatli mountain..fantstic views of the antalya coastline from here..however it is a bit expensive.

Beycik / Tahtali mountain

The Tahtali Aerial Cableway uniquely combines two classic holiday destinations – the sea and the mountains. Mount Tahtali, at 2,365m above sea level, is situated in an attractive and rapidly growing tourist area and provides the region with a new dimension.

http://www.tahtali.com/english/

To the south west of Antalya (about 70 km) you can find Beycik - an idyllic mountain village located on the Lycian coast - above the well-known tourism area Phaselis and Tekirova.

It has an altitude of 450 m to 1.000 m at the foothills of Olympos (2.400 m). Therefore, it is in the middle of the Olympos Nature Conservation Park with its pines and cedars and with a breathtaking view from the mountains on one of the most beautiful bays of Turkey.

more ideas for places near to Cirali..

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when in Cirali you will want to ;

1. spend time on the beach

2. visit the vast hidden ruins of Olympos ( which to see many of them properly you will need at least 2 afternoons or 2 mornings ) then spend the rest of the day at the beach

3. take a trip at night to the chimaera ( Yanartaş )..but dont do that on the same day that you visit the Olympos ruins as you will be tired from walking at it is too much in one day..

4. half day for Phaselis ( ruins and beach ) then stop off maybe at Ulupinar on the way back.

5. there are also lovely out of the way places like Kuzdere or Goynuk canyons where you can swim in the icy waterfalls and take a picnic lunch..again at least more than a good part of the day. Or the waterfalls at Ulupinar.

6. Arykanda is a great historical place to visit and is 1.5 hours from Cirali..

7. a boat trip from the beach at Cirali to visit the many hidden coves and beaches..great trip with lunch on the boat..this is an all day trip.

8. many people take a day trip to Demre, Myra and the sunken city of Simena ( Kekova - Ucagiz ) for a day trip from Cirali..

9. during the spring and fall not over the hotter summer months..the weather is nice enough for walking along sections of the Lycian way you can do that as well..have a look in my photos at the flickr link below.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/canmom/sets

10. rent a car for a few days trips around the area.

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PHASELIS

Phaselis is reached one km after turning left 57km along the Antalya-Kemer highway. This was settled by the Rhodians in the 7th century B.C. and for many years was claimed to be the most important port city of the eastern Lycian seaboard. Phaselis has three harbours the north, the military protected and the south harbour, of which the most important is the later.

Beycik / Tahtali mountain

The Tahtali Aerial Cableway uniquely combines two classic holiday destinations – the sea and the mountains. Mount Tahtali, at 2,365m above sea level, is situated in an attractive and rapidly growing tourist area and provides the region with a new dimension.

To the south west of Antalya (about 70 km) you can find Beycik - an idyllic mountain village located on the Lycian coast - above the well-known tourism area Phaselis and Tekirova.

It has an altitude of 450 m to 1.000 m at the foothills of Olympos (2.400 m). Therefore, it is in the middle of the Olympos Nature Conservation Park with its pines and cedars and with a breathtaking view from the mountains on one of the most beautiful bays of Turkey.

Arykanda

Arykanda is located 26 km. from Turuncova on the Finike-Elmali highway. After leaving the highway it is necessary to walk about 1 km. Arycanda (Arykanda) is a unique Lycian city, built upon five large terraces ascending a mountain slope, and was known for having the most pleasure and entertainment-loving (and debt-ridden) citizens. The city overlooks a magnificent valley and its view makes it one of the most spectacular sites in Lycia.

Kekova

Simena is a popular Lycian site, situated upon one of the most attractive spots of the Turkish coast. The name "Kekova" is Turkish for "plain of thyme" and describes the region encompassing the island of Kekova, the villages of Kaleköy and Üçağiz and the three ancient towns of Simena, and Tersane (meaning "shipyard", as its bay was the site of an ancient shipyard, with mostly Byzantine ruins).

Demre / Myra

Situated between Finike and Kas Myra used to be a one of the most important of six Lycian cities. Originally a coastal city the gradual build up of silt from the Demre stream has left it stranded several miles away from the sea.. Myra was abandoned after the Arab invasions in the 9th century A.D. The rock tombs and amphitheatre are worth a visit as is St. Nicholas’ church ( Demre ) nearby where the legend of Father Christmas (Santa Claus) is said to have originated.

You may not have the time to visit all of these sites but if you can get the chance to visit a few you will be pleasantly surprized. The sites closest to Kemer are Phaselis, Beycik, and Cirali.

Ulupinar

Also nearby to Çıralı is the Ulupinar region, which is rich in rivers and creeks. Escape the scorching heat in the summer by walking along the Ulupinar creek. You may even be tempted to take a swim in the freezing cold water of the small pools that you may come across. Here you will find many local restaurants specializing in fresh water trout dishes.

Ulupınar is a village situated 30 kilometres from the district centre of Kemer, in Turkey's Antalya Province. It is on the outskirts of the Olympos Valley National Park, famous for its eternal fire, and commands a region of stunning natural beauty. Particularly noted areas are the dense woods and the source of a river (which gives its name to the region; pınar meaning water source in Turkish) where icy waters spurt out from rocks at an altitude and descends in a waterfall. There are several restaurants situated along the river near the village, which is on the axis of the road from Kemer to Finike and Kumluca, and these serve trout from the river as well as more varied dishes.

The extension of Ulupınar village toward the seashore constitute the village of Çıralı, notable for its long beach and tourism facilities.

ELMALI

Elmalı is a small plateau at the head of a long upland valley in the Beydağları range of the western Taurus Mountains, surrounded by high peaks including the 2500m Elmalı Mountain. Aside from the town of Elmalı, the district includes two other small towns (Akçay and Yuva) as well as villages. The area is watered by streams running off the mountains. Although close to the Mediterranean, Elmalı is high in the mountains and has an inland climate of cold winters and hot summers, (although still much cooler than the coast). Near to Lake Avlan there is an area of cedar forest, rare in Turkey.

Excavations, by Machteld Mellink from Bryn Mawr College, of the burial mounds of Semahöyük and Müren have shown signs of copper production dating back to 2500 BC. The area was later a key town in the north of the antique province of Lycia, and the Lycian Way trade route came through here. It was a small town of Asia Minor in the vilayet of Konia in the Ottoman era, then the administrative centre of the ancient Lycia, but not itself corresponding to any known ancient city. According to Britannica, the town was inhabited by direct descendants of the ancient Lycians, who had preserved a distinctive facial type, noticeable at once in the town population. There were about fifty Greek families, the rest of the population (4000) being Moslem (as of 1911). The plain was subsequently controlled by the Ancient Romans, Byzantines, and the Seljuk Turks. The town was the headquarters of Beylik of Teke clan of Anatolian Turkish Beyliks when it was brought into the Ottoman Empire at the time of Sultan Bayezid I. It remained a key mountain stronghold in the Ottoman period and through the early years of the Turkish republic, but has declined as recent generations have left the dry mountainside for jobs on the coast or in Turkey's major cities.

Rhodiopolis

Rhodiopolis is a Catholic titular see. The original diocese was a suffragan of Myra.

It is called Rhodia by Ptolemy (V, 3) and Stephanus Byzantius; Rhodiapolis on its coins and inscriptions; Rhodiopolis by Pliny (V, 28), who locates it in the mountains to the north of Corydalla.

Its history is unknown. Its ruins are near modern Kumluca.[1] They consist of the remains of an aqueduct, a small theatre, a temple of Escalapius, sarcophagi, and churches.

Only one bishop is known, Nicholas, present in 518 at a Council of Constantinople. The Notitiæ episcopatuum continue to mention the see as late as the twelfth or thirteenth century.

Limyra

Limyra was a small city in Lycia on the southern coast of Asia Minor, on the Limyrus River, and twenty stadia from the mouth of that river.

It is mentioned by Strabo (XIV, 666), Ptolemy (V, 3, 6) and several Latin authors. Nothing, however, is known of its history except that Gaius Caesar, adopted son of Augustus, died there (Velleius Paterculus, II, 102).

The ruins of Limyra are to be seen three or four miles east of the Turkish village of Finike formerly Fineka (in Antiquity the port Phoenicus, a Phoenician foundation), in the Ottoman sanjak (district) of Adalia, in the Vilayet of Konia. They consist of a theatre, tombs, sarcophagi, bas-reliefs, Greek and Lycian inscriptions etc. About 3 km east of the site is the Roman Bridge at Limyra, one of the oldest segmental arch bridges of the world.

Caves, hiking, and canyons in the Antalya / Kemer area...

Karain Cave

At a distance of 31 km. north-west of Antalya lies the Karain Cave. At the foot of the Katran Mountain range, on the border of Yagci Village, the limestone formations part to reveal a natural cave which served as a habitat for the paleolithic, neolithic and Chalcolithic people in ancient times and was also used as a temple to the mountain goddess. The Greek inscriptions on the outer surface and embedded in rocks testify to this. Digs have been continuing there since 1946. These have revealed the remains of a settlement over 50,000 years old. It is the largest cave in Turkey to have been inhabited. Some of the findings are on display in the little Karain Museum and others in the pre-history section of the Antalya Museum.

Zeytintasi Cave

The Zeytintasi cave is situated at the southern slope of Zeytintasi Hill within the borders of Akbas Village and the town of Serik. It has an altitude of 220 m.

The cave is 14 m bellow the ground and has two levels. The upper level is 136m including the side galleries and the lower one is 97 m long. The cave has many stalactites, stalagmites columns and dripstones. It is unique with its macaroni type stalactites of 0.03 m. in width and 0.70 m. in length.

It is discovered by a. Coincidence in 1997 while excavating for a stone quarry through a man made gallery of 10 m, hot and cold drinks and food are served as well.

It has a natural beauty and an untouched environment. It is quite convenient for tracking climbing and safari and safari tours as well as photo-safari tours for the wild animals.

The location of the cave and its environs has a typical Mediterranean climate, thus all types of Mediterranean plants grow here. The air and nature of place gives you the feeling of tranqulity and serenity.

The cave which is banging between the cleavages formed by rivers, has a typical shape of plipser relief.

The cave was formed on clear fault line covered by ancient Sura-Kretase limestone and is surrounded by impermeable elements both at the bottom and on the sides....

The cave is named after the Zeytintasi Hill where the it is located.

The cave is 54 km to Antalya,16 km to Serik, 10 km to Aspendos and 28 km to Belek Tourism Center (The Mediterranean).

BELDIBI CAVE

It was a second-importand habitation-center of the prehistoric era, and some rem nants of the Middle Stone Age (Mezolithic) were found in diggings in this cave .They are the remains of ordinary household object, cups, pots and of some rough figurines of goats and animals, reallz stunnig. Beldibi Cave is an under rock shelter located at the 38th kilometer of the coastal highway between Antalya Kemer, just after the Camdag tunnel. It is at the locality of Oba village.

WATERFALLS

All streams in the region find their way to the Mediterranean and flow down the slopes of the Taurus, sometimes above and sometimes underground until they reach their destination in the shape of spectacular waterfalls. There are more than 20 waterfalls in the region. The most beautiful of these are the Düden Falls (15 km north of Antalya), the Kursunlu Falls ( 18 km from Antalya, on the Antalya-Alanya highway)

KUZDERE PASSAGE

Approx. 25 km's from Beldibi to Kemer towards the mountains ... after a while you will pass a bridge and then a forest ... after that park your car and start hiking ...

The passage that is within the forest of the montains has an excellent view. The river just right by the passage is very effective with its ice cold crystal clear water and spring water.

GOYNUK CANYON

A canyon and waterfall that can be reached 8 km from Beldibi towards the mountains. Different than Kuzdere because, from time to time you need to swim or climb up the rocks in order to pass the canyon.

This canyon, which is actually a natural beauty, is a relatively easy passage. You can pass the canyon just by walking or swimming and you don't need detailed technical equipment for that. You can pass the average high points with the help of a ladder. It is ideal for the beginners.

This Canyon was discovered recently and, in contrary to the well known Saklikent Canyon, its nature is still unspoilt. A 20 - 30 minute walk through an amazing environment takes us to the entrance of the canyon.

When you reach the spring of the canyon, you will be fascinated by the view you encounter. The magnificent view, ensued by the step 300 - 350 m high mountains, which are worn out by waters by the time, captures big and little waterfalls as well. The canyon, with its deep valleys, narrows down to 6 m from time to time. It also provides opportunities to swim in its large ponds. The mysterious panorama of embraced mountains is approximately 6 km long. Tracking the valley takes approximately 3 hours. The valley, with its magnificent waterfalls, is a natural wonder worthwhile to see, and waiting to be discovered.

Advice: Bring sandals or comfortable walking shoes with you. It is best to apply sun screen before starting out on the 30 minute walk to the canyon. You can bring your sunglasses and camera to the start of the canyon. If you would like to take pictures in the canyon you will need a waterproof camera.

another area that might be fun for the young and young at heart is the The Adventure Forest ..Turkey's first Aerial Ropes course

which is located on the way to the Goynuk Canyon

http://www.yuksekparkur.com/eng/index.html

The Adventure Forest is open all year around daily from nine in the morning to sunset.

ECO FRIENDLY

The difference between classic free-standing high ropes courses and our forest course is that this one is integrated into an old forest with over 100 giant pine trees. There was not one tree cut or harmed for the Adventure Forest, everything is built completely ecologically friendly and is situated in the lovely Göynük Canyon Valley right next to the Olympos National Park.

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Ulupinar-Chimaera(Yanartaş)-Cirali: 3 hours. The walkstarts from the village of Ulupınar. Have your transportation to the beginning of the walk arranged. The village of Ulupınar has many restaurants located on waterfalls. They serve fish and other traditional Turkish dishes. If you have lunch there after, you descend to a valley, then climb up to the Chimera and down to Cirali . On this hike, 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. If you walk down from the Ulupinar village to Cirali using the Lycian Way path ( begins at Havuz Başi restaurant ) it is about 12 kms. And it ends up at the Chimaera.

Cirali-Chimaera--Ulupinar-Cirali: 5-6 hours. Starts in Cirali. On the way to the village of Ulupinar on the main road from Antalya, you will pass through Chimaera, pine forests and follow a stream with many watersfalls. This walk can be classified as medium difficult.

Cirali-Olympos-Adrasan-Cirali: 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, take food and water supplies. Once in Adrasan you can take a taxi back to Cirali or a dolmus back to Olymp o s and then continue to walk from there back to Cirali.

Cirali-Maden Beach-Tekirova: 7-8 hours. It starts at the far end of the beach near the football field. You see the signs to Tekirova/Lycian way on the right. The path is well-marked. The hike will take you along the shoreline, up hillsides and down to beaches for about 3 to 4 hours until you reach the Maden Beach. Maden is mineral in Turkish. There were chromium mines in the old days. You still see many old mine shafts and buildings. At that point, you may retrace your steps back to Cirali or go on to Tekirova (a major touristic area), another 3 to 4 hours. In Tekirova, you can take a mini-bus (dolmus) back to the Cirali junction on the mai n highway and then from there the mini-buses back into Cirali.

Highland of Beycik-Peak of Mount Tahtali: 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. Arrange for private 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 would have to be prearranged or use public transportation back to Cirali.

Yaylalar (Highlands): 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 arrange for transportation to take you back to Cirali. On these hi g hlands you will observe traditional nomadic living as well as now almost extinct cedar trees.

Such hiking/ walking trips are a great opportunity for photography: you can take beautiful shots of spring wildflowers from February to April. Also you can spend hours collecting wild mushrooms in November and December however you need to know which ones are poisonous and the ones that are edible. You can make many of the walks by yourselves however some walks require guides.

For the walks along the Lycian way the trails are "way-marked" with red-white paint flashes every 100m or less on trees and rocks. The Lycian Way has yellow and green signposts at the junction of the route with metalled roads. The best months for walking or hiking in Cirali are the months of April, May, early part of June, mid Sept, October and November.

For all walks make sure that you have good hiking shoes as well as a supply of water and or food . And the weather and heat depending on the month of travel can play a factor as well..be advised..

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Hi when you say trip up Cable car is expensive

How much are you talking about

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25 euros per person this year..so if you go you need to make sure the day is a clear one..also to get transportation up to the cable car can be more difficult..I recommend hiring a car and driving up yourself..

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bumping up for 2010...

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Activities In Olympos

• Canyoning

• Jeep Safari

• Trekking

• Sea Kayaking

• Chimera Flame Tours

• Daily Boat Trip

• Diving

• White Water Rafting

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bumping up for the member RitochkaRimlyand...regarding the hiking and walking trails in Cirali

also Daily Boat trips

There are many bays and inlets around Cirali that are super to visit. Two in particular.

Trip 1. A daily boat trip from the bay of Cirali / Olympos will cruise along the edges of the Olympos fortress to Porto Ceneviz, Coban Limani and Sazak. The boat trip will take you along the deeply fissured coastal region visitng the many inlets and coves. Wonderful and natural harbours with fine secluded sandy beaches. Lunch is usually included on the boat. Trips leave at 10 am and get back around 5:30 pm.

Trip 2. Another trip from Cirali takes you to Üc Adalar ( Three Islands ) and Phaselis. The Üc Adalar is a paradise not only for snorkeling but is well know for divers. Many varieties of interesting fish and natural habitats. The ancient place of Phaselis has three harbours and you can either enjoy the sandy beach or go touring through the ruins of the old ancient city. On return to Cirali the trip will stop in several beautiful bays and inlets. The Sulu Ada ( Water island ) is an uninhabited island far behind Adrasan, with a beautiful beach of white marble pebbles. Lunch is usually included on the boat. Trips leave at 10 am and get back around 5:30 pm.

However as the second trip listed here requires more time at sea, offers less time for swimming, and the costs are usually much higher than the first boat trip..it is not as popular and only based on availability or a minimum number of particlpants.

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