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Chimaera

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Fascinating, flames coming out of the earth.

The chimaera are within reasonable walking distance of Cirali, well worth a visit, also for the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
tg11112015
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Narbonne, France
A good walk with a touch of history

The road to Chimare goes through local villages, so it was interesting to see how lives turkish... read more

Reviewed February 4, 2019
Inese K
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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.
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UlupInar Mahallesi, Cirali 07980, Turkey
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The chimaera are within reasonable walking distance of Cirali, well worth a visit, also for the wonderful views.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 4, 2019

The road to Chimare goes through local villages, so it was interesting to see how lives turkish people and beautiful gardens of pomegranates. It was good walk that takes a little bit of efforts (ok for 9 years old children), meanwhile you can imagine what...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Inese K
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Visited here at dusk and was great! Wasn’t too busy at this time of year which was good. The walk up would require trainers and maybe some water depending on your fitness. Worth the walk up though and great to see. The geology of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

Very unique opportunity for those of us who have not seen a live volcano or any other natural source fire. Good memories and also refreshing to do tourism at night. The way up is not has hard as I expected by all the people complaining...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DonCesar
Reviewed November 20, 2018

The Chimaera was a mythological hybrid beast, part lion, goat and serpent. You are unlikely to see one unless you stop in the nearby hippy village and invest in some pharmaceuticals. More common creatures are the obese, sweaty, wheezing tourists lumbering up the steep trail....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

This is Mount Olympus and the eternal flame which never goes out. It is the legendary home of the Chimaera a fire breathing dragon of Greek mythology it was killed by Bellerophon. Finding the place is not easy unless you are on a tour bus....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tonyboylan
Reviewed November 12, 2018

Exactly as titled - A long steep walk to see some small flames. Very uneven steps to get to the fires. Not for casual walkers. Mostly I would consider it climbing. Would suggest a little over an hour for the return walk, and no more...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank AndPancho
Reviewed October 24, 2018

A unique experience with flames coming from the rocks over quite a large area. A one Km walk up hill to the site along a good path. In daytime it is impressive - but better in the evening or night.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank FaizalP61
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

A most memorable evening walk in the moonlight up to see the impressive flames emerging from this hillside. A unique experience on a warm evening!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PJoCumbria
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

Well it's a good hike up and down but a totally unique experience. Much of the path is ok but towards the top it gets a bit tricky, walking over rough and smooth boulders and rocks....ok if you're sure footed and wearing sturdy trainers but...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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AstaMal
March 3, 2019|
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Response from tonyboylan | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is open all the time. Its a tough climb and can be slippy when wet. In the dark you would need a good torch
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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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