Wanting to reset in a quaint beach town on the coast of Turkey? Look no further: Çıralı is the perfect spot for you. Known for its unique archeology, boat tours, and biking culture, Çıralı is located 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Antalya. This coastal village is surrounded by stunning cliffs and the crystal clear turquoise Mediterranean.
Olympus Ancient City
Straddling a river and overlooking the Mediterranean sea, the ancient ruins of Olympus (also spelled Olympos and Olimpos in Turkish) are truly unique. Tucked away on the Turkish coast, ancient Olympus was notorious for once being the stronghold of a Roman-era pirate. Prominent features of the site include acropolis defenses built right over the beach cliffs, several ancient churches, a bishop’s residence, a bath complex, necropolises, and a massive temple. You can access the site by walking down the beach till you see the magnificent acropolis ruins topping the cliffs like something out of a fairy tale.
Olympus Eternal Flames
During your stay in Çıralı, you can’t miss the eternal flames. This natural phenomenon will surely captivate you. Emerging from the rock, around a dozen flames naturally sustain themselves. Be sure to hike to this site at night, and don’t forget to bring along s’mores!
Mahi Mahi Yacht Tour
The best way to experience the southern coastline of Turkey is by taking a Mahi Mahi Yacht alongside the Mediterranean. If you’re craving a relaxing day while on vacation, you will not regret boating with Mahi Mahi. The top deck of the boat is a great place to lay down and relax, and the bottom deck is where you can get to know your guides, and other passengers on the boat. During your time on the sea, you will have unlimited refreshments including beer, iced tea, and soda. For lunch, you will indulge in freshly fried fish, salad, and pasta. During your day trip, your boat will stop along Çıralı’s beautiful coves, allowing you to take in the breathtaking views, relax, and swim - oftentimes sea turtles will accompany you on your swim.
Çıralı’s cliffs are inviting to anyone craving a little adventure. During your stay, be sure to jump into the sea from the cliffs surrounding Çıralı. Use caution and do not jump without first snorkeling at the base of the jump to evaluate the landing.
Spanning approximately 3 kilometers (1.8 miles), Çıralı is best navigated by bike. Upon entering the town, you will immediately find yourself drawn into the distinct biking culture. It is a rare sight to see tourists walking along the winding streets of Çıralı; the town is brimming with bikes. If you stay with Canada Hotel, you will have access to their free bikes to explore the surrounding area. There are also bike rentals in the town. We recommend using Çıralı Eco Ride (Ulupınar, Çıralı Sk No.39/6, 07980 Kemer/Antalya).
Transport to Çıralı is simple and straightforward. Located just 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Antalya, the drive to Çıralı via bus only takes about an hour and a half. Buses depart from Antalya’s Otogar about every hour. In summer, dolmuş mini buses wait at the Çıralı junction to shuttle travelers to the village. Renting a car is also an easy option when planning a trip to Çıralı. Be sure to take the road that leads to Çıralı, not to Olimpos. These two can be easily confused. Read more here!
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Jhelom Coffee & Waffle House
Ever dreamed of experiencing a mountainous Turkish village from a rooftop restaurant? Jhelom Coffee & Waffle House is one of our top recommendations for your time in the alluring town of Çıralı. This rooftop restaurant has a wide variety of options, including specialty juices, traditional Turkish dishes, and home cooked pizza. If you’re interested in trying mantı (similar to ravioli), Jhelom’s Mantı is excellent. Do not miss this restaurant during your time in Çıralı!
Village Garden Restaurant & Pension
The coastal city of Çıralı is known for wonderful freshly caught seafood. During your stay, be sure to indulge in a meal from Village Garden Restaurant. This restaurant holds an unforgettable ambiance, wonderful wines, and a wide variety of classic Turkish dishes and seafood. When walking through the streets of Çıralı, this beautiful restaurant will surely draw you in with its music and lively atmosphere. After your meal, as is custom, be sure to enjoy a glass of çay.
--By Abigail Goosen and Caleb Bowman, Photos by Abigail Goosen
Canada Hotel will become your new favorite home away from home. With unmatched hospitality, incredible access to town, and inviting bungalows, Canada Hotel is our top recommendation for your time in Çıralı. During your stay, you will enjoy wonderful Turkish Kahvaltı (breakfast), and have free access to bikes which you can ride to explore the dreamy village of Çıralı.