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Chimaera

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Cirali, Cirali, Turkey
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The origin of the Olympic fire

Not much to say fire comming out of the rocks.. a 20 min hike with marchmello treat at the end... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Zak D
via mobile
I have never seen anything like it

Although it's a steep climb up, it is worth the effort when you get to the plateau and see all the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Valerieanne100
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Gocek, Turkey
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A series of flames that spurt from cracks in the rock, which are caused by the combustion of natural gas seeping out of the mountain at the ancient site of Olympos.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good28%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“steep climb” (17 reviews)
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Cirali, Cirali, Turkey
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Not much to say fire comming out of the rocks.. a 20 min hike with marchmello treat at the end. Very nice to see

Thank Zak D
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Although it's a steep climb up, it is worth the effort when you get to the plateau and see all the natural flames coming out of the ground

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Cycled from Cirali to the car park at Chimaera and then hiked up to the actual flames. It was well worth the climb if only to toast the marshmallows we had taken. We were advised to leave the village at about 7.30 pm and be...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited at around 7pm which was probably a little early. The ascent was still pretty hot (even though the sun was no longer on that side of the mountain the sun-baked rocks continue to pump out heat meaning you can be drenched in sweat...More

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Reviewed June 6, 2018 via mobile

A really cool thing to see if you’re in the area. It’s quite a long hike—be prepared to carry small children.

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Reviewed May 25, 2018 via mobile

Don’t go to Cirali without coming here. We walked up at dusk, amazing sunset and got the full effect of the flames in the dark. Take some marshmallows, wine and a torch to help you see your way down. Takes about 20 mins to walk...More

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Reviewed May 22, 2018

This is a very special experience, wish we had brought marshmallows or something else to prepare over the fire

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Reviewed May 16, 2018

This was a fun sight. The walk to the fires worked up a slight sweat. We went just before twilight and elected not to wait for the night scene, which everyone insists is the time to go. Bugs were somewhat bothersome, and lots of tourists...More

Thank DavidB993
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Reviewed May 2, 2018

It definitely best to go and view this amazing phenomenon at night. We set off at dusk, about 8pm, and got up just as darkness fell. The path was easier than I had expected but did use walking poles which were a great help. We...More

3  Thank Sus1952
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Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

After a 20 minute walk uphill you arrive at a stretch of rock where the mysterious flames seep through. Go there by dawn, after the heat of the day. The flames will look at their best.

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Valerie W
February 12, 2016|
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Response from Baclava | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the other comments. I am 72 years old and managed to get to the first level of flames. I did struggle a bit as it is a very rocky and uneven path.
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Kassandra C
March 28, 2015|
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Response from Ken M | Reviewed this property |
From Ciriali, you walk to the north end of the beach and follow the road inland around the bend. At the bottom of the hill is a reception center and small cafe. You have to climb up the hill on a well-traveled path to get to... More
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