Olympos Travel Guide | Tourist information, travel guide & holidays to Olympos in Kemer, Antalya, Turkey | Things to do, places to visit & see, popular sights, beaches, daily tours, hotels, apartments, cafes & restaurants, shops, entertainment & nightlife in Olympos...
Olympos is the ancient Lycian city, located nearby Cirali, about 35 km. from Kemer. With its pine forests and Beydaglari monutains at the backgraound, wonderful nature, unique beach and sea, the historical site and ruins, Olympos is one of the most popular sights in Kemer. Olympos was established on both sides of the river Akcay during the Helenistic era on the 1st and 2nd century A.C.. Olympos was the biggest city of the Lycian region and has taken its name from the nearby Mount Tahtali wth an altitute of 2375 meters. Visitors may see fortified castles, roman bath and more that were constructed by Venice, Genoese and Rhodes chevaliers. A visit to the famous ancient city of Olympos and enjoy the beach, nature and history is a great attraction for the holidaymakers in Kemer, Antalya.
Olympos is the common name of the Anatolia and Aegean mountain summits. Olympos is also the mountain of the mythological gods such as Zeus. The city was under the control of the pirates during the 1st century B.C. together with Phaselis. Due to the pirates attacks, the city has become very poor until the Roman Empire have saved the city and recovered the city. During the era of the Roman Empire, the city has become rich. During the era of the Geneose and Venetians in the 3rd century A.C., Olympos has again been the region of the pirates and after all has been left in the 15th century during the era of the Ottoman Empire.
Things to Do and See in Olympos
The Ancient City of OlymposThere are two entrance for the ancient city of Olympos, one from the sea and one from the land. When you enter the ancient city from the sea, on south, you'll come accross the Acropol and a monumental tomb situated on a hill on the right hand side. The ancient city of Olympos is all covered with water and you may see variety of ancient city ruins on the rivers and watered zones. There is also an ancient bridge along the river. Across the river, you may also see a Byzantium basilica.
Olympos monumental tomb
When you follow the path to the second entrance of the ancient city of Olympos and follow pathway backwards, you'll see the beautiful Roman temple with the sculpture. You'll also see several monumental graves and two rock grave. And when you follow the pathway you'll come to the place where you start and see the beautiful Acropol. Here you may climb to the hill where Acropol stands and emjoy the stunning views of the Olympos region.
Olympos beachThe golden sandy Olympos beach is very beautiful and ideal for swimming and sunbathing. You will see a crowd, mostly hippies, along the Olympos beach lying and sunbathing.
Cirali, Yanartas and Olympos teleferik (cable car) to Mount Tahtali are the popular nearby attractions in Olympos.
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