Eternal Flames Chimaera Guide(Yanartaş)

Eternal Flaming Rocks of Chimaera

This Eternal Flames Chimaera guide will be essential during your visit. Are you ready for a journey that will fascinate you with its place in mythology, its magnificent scenery, its archaeological remains, and most importantly, its natural flames coming out of the stones? Let’s get started right away.

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If you plan to visit South Turkey, you must see the Chimaera Flames in Chimaera Cirali. There is a flaming mountain in Antalya, Turkey. Here is a complete Eternal Flames Chimaera guide for you. Chimera Turkey is a very famous place for Turkey attractions that you must see which is next to the Olympos Ancient City as well.

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Where is Mount Chimaera? (Chimera Cirali Turkey)

Chimera and Olympos are side by side and their distance from Antalya is about 60 km. If you go from Antalya city center, you should move to the west side of the Mediterranean. We will discuss the differences between Chimera and Olympos but first, we will talk about Chimera eternal fire a bit.

What is the secret of Chimera Eternal Fire?

There are many name variations (like Çıralı, Yanartaş, Chimera, Chimaera, Fire Mountain, Chimera flames, Chimera Mountain Turkey, etc.) Chimaera Flames are so famous and extraordinary. Yanartaş is a Turkish word and it means firing stone. Çıralı is also a Turkish word and it means resinous. Chimaera or Chimera words come from Greek mythology. So it is all about fire and flame.

Chimaera Mythology (Eternal Flame Greek mythology)

Bellerophon is a Greek mythology hero. Due to the legend, Bellerophon killed the Chimera. Today, burning flames and flaming rocks on top of Cirali Mountain are symbols of this myth. 

Eternal Flame mythology

As you know Olympos was the sacred place of gods in Greek mythology. Mount Olympuslycian and Mount Chimaera are side by side. So Chimaera Turkey is a very important location both mythological and ecologically.

How do I get to Çıralı from Chimera?

If you want to see a chimera flaming mountain, you should hike a rock to the top for 20 minutes from the center of Cirali. It is very easy to get Cirali Chimera because you will be able to see eternal flames Turkey or Chimera Antalya signs on the road. What is the secret of chimera eternal fire? The flaming rocks of Chimaera, Turkey are very charming but why? Is it a natural chemical phenomenon? Yeah. Sort of. On top of the mountain, there are so many fire vents. Flames of Chimaera also has a beautiful landscape and a mystical atmosphere. Let’s dive in.

Exploring Rocky Slope of Chimaera (Eternal Flame Olympos Turkey)

Yanartaş Çıralı region is a very quiet place in general. You can have a vacation with nature. Chimaera Antalya place is a very inspirational location for nature and yoga lovers and also writers. It is a very good place for a vacation, trip, or holiday because you will find a lot of beautiful details throughout the whole year. 

It is not very developed since it is a clean and virgin place in the forest. However, you can meet your needs in small markets, you can eat at accommodations and restaurants on the beach.

Accommodation in Cirali Antalya (Turkey Eternal Flames)

You can visit Yanartaş Chimaera Eternal Fire in one day or you can stay for a while in Yanartaş Çıralı region. Honestly, one day is enough to discover the eternal flame mountain and the nearby Cirali fire. But if you want to stay there and spend much more time, it is up to you.

Chimera Turkey Olympos

As I mentioned above, Mount Chimera Turkey is next to the Olympos region. But there is no direct transition between the two. Therefore, if you are staying in Olympos, you must first go to the main road, go a little in the direction of Antalya, and then go down the dirt roads toward the beach again. I assure you it will be worth it.

In both locations, there are options such as bicycle, motorcycle, and off-road vehicle rentals. You can consider. I don’t know where you can leave it, but it is possible to rent a canoe and transport it by sea.

The Çıralı region has bungalows, treehouses, tiny houses, and camping places like Olympos. But the Çıralı region is more quiet, clean, and more isolated than Olympos. Accommodation options are more dispersed. You can find more camping places, especially wild camping in Chimaera Olympos both. 


How to go to Yanartas eternal flame? (Chimera Cirali district)

The distance is about 1 hour from Antalya city center by car. You can choose public transportation or cheap car rental in Antalya. If you choose public transport, you should follow a path (in order to reach Cirali) after the main road. There are midi buses but there is another option as well. Not every hotel don’t do this but some of them offer to pick you up from the main road and drive to hotel.

How do I get from Antalya to Mount Chimaera?

You can take the Olympos buses from the Antalya bus station. Before coming to the Olympos, you will see Cirali turnout on the main road. You can hitchhike from here and wait for the minibusses to go down. I don’t know if the minibusses go up to the mountain, as I went through Çıralı on foot or by bike. Ask the driver.

You will see crossroads leading to the mountain and to the beach. If you want to go to the mountain choose the proper one. You can also follow it from the map on your phone.

How to go to Eternal Flames from Çıralı?

If you are in the Çıralı region already, you can ask someone about the Flaming Rocks of Chimaera. Or you should open the map from your phone. Or follow the signs.

As I told you before, accommodation points are a little bit dispersed and diverse. So, first of all, you should make one thing clear: how far are you away from the Chimaera entrance? If it takes 5-10 minutes, you can walk. But if it’s much more than this, maybe you want to go to the entrance by bicycle, ATV or car. Here you are an online trusty bike rental Antalya. You can find rental bicycles, ATVs, motorcycles, and scooters.

On the other hand, you want to hike or trek so make your preparations and start your journey. 

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What to wear while visiting Chimaera Yanartaş?

Which way you are choosing, you should follow some advice for your comfort. Trust me, those things can make your Chimaera journey better. Antalya is a very hot city even in winter, so you should pick comfy clothes which dry fast.

Pack for Chimaera trip Antalya

Outdoor hiking sneakers are so important because the road of Chimaera is very natural and climb. The water is another thing because Antalya is very hot almost all the time. If you visit there on summer days, please cover your head with a hat. The sun is very burning. 

If you want to enjoy the landscape of Chimaera Mountain, take your drink with you. Stay hydrated with these foldable travel bottles. Besides, so many people take chopsticks and marshmallows or sausages with them to fry. After getting dark, you may take a torch or flashlight with you. 

If it’s your first time, you should visit the flaming rocks of Chimaera, Turkey before the dark in order to explore the way.

Mount Chimaera Closed (Opening & Closing Time)

Mount Chimera closes at 9:00 p.m. and opens at 9:00 a.m. every day. If you are a family with children, it can be a little difficult to go when the sun is high or it is dark.

Eternal Flames Chimera entrance fee is nearly about 45-50 Turkish Liras. Turkey museum pass card is not allowed for this place. But you can use your Museum Pass card in Olympos ruins.

Other Things to Do in Cirali

Lycia Way trekking is a very unique thing to do near Cirali. Olympos Cable car ride is another alternative attraction. But if you want to stay in Cirali district for several reasons you can enjoy the beach all day.

Çıralı Beach

Çıralı and Olympos Beach are side by side but there is no passing between them. So you should go up first, then you can go to the other beach. 

There is no entry fee for Çıralı Beach. If you want to use sunbeds and umbrellas you will pay for them, then you will be able to use them all day long. 

Çıralı Beach is a home for Loggerhead sea turtles or a.k.a. Caretta carettas. So be mindful during your Cirali Beach visit, especially after sunset.

Where to stay in Cirali, Turkey? (Olympos and the Chimaera)

You can check for the Cirali hotels booking which includes tiny houses, motels, and camping areas around Mount Chimaera Turkey.

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You should also note that: Be aware that you keep cash money with you. It is a very virgin place and I don’t remember any cash machine there. So you should take all your needs with you before your trip. Only tiny markets can be found.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Eternal Flames Chimaera Guide

Here I gathered up all top asked questions about Chimera Mountain.

Can I see Flames of Chimera all the time?

Yes, you can usually see it all the time. Maybe the fire is decreasing in rainy and windy weather, I’m not sure. Of course, as far as I remember, the flames used to be more intense and they were coming out of every rock. From what I’ve gone and seen in recent years, the flames have shrunk a little and seem to come out of every stone. However, the intensity of the fire may vary depending on when you go. The flames can be observed more intensely after the sun goes down.

But do not forget please, the burning flames of Chimaera always offer you a unique and magical experience, though.

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