About place: Olympos

The resort town Olympos is located on the coast 70 kilometers south-west of Antalya. A bit to the south of the village Tekirova there is a descent to the ruins of ancient Olympos, which is another 11 kilometers off the highway.

The ancient Olympos is located on a picturesque site surrounded by mountains, near the mouth of a small river Goksu. The mountain gorge is all covered with massive pine trees. The highway is far away, so the air is very pure here.

The remnants of the city walls and buildings survived along the bank of the river and in the mountains. They are rather interesting, but 2-3 hours would be quite enough to see all of them. You can spend much more time on the wonderful beach of Olympos, which stretched along the foot of the mountains for 3 kilometers. The beach is covered with fine pebbles, and the turquoise water is very clean and warm in the period from June through October. By the way, turtles lay eggs on the beach of Olympos in June.

However, Olympos hasn’t become a full-pledged youth resort only because of its ancient ruins. Several decades ago someone has got an idea to build a hostel (camp) of wooden houses. Some of the houses were built not on the ground but on the trees. On the photo you can see a house with a pleasant for ear name «penthouse». In Olympos even a man with limited financial opportunities could afford to rent it.

These absence of common amenities, and Spartan life conditions at the camps have formed the tourist contingent of Olympos. They are young people, as a rule, young couples, who don’t think that the main thing on vacations is to constantly stay at the hotel to drink beer and eat food as much as possible by all inclusive system. They are very positive and open-hearted, fond of sports and various adventure tours, night get-togethers and general dancing around the fire, or chat-ins at nearby pleasant chill-outs.

Here are the biggest and most popular hostels in Olympos – Kadir’s Tree Houses, Turkmen Tree Houses and Bayram’s Tree Houses. Most of the guests of these and some other hostels are those who are fond of mountaineering. There are over 300 alpinist paths of various difficulty in the mountains of Olympos. Apart from rock climbing you can also ride a bicycle, paddle a kayak, go in for trekking, and simply maintain a healthy life style.

However, even though you can see neither powerful laser light show installations, nor mixed sound equipment nor foam jets here, the Kadir’s parties are just incomparable.

There is a two-storey bar in the center of the camp (Hangar Bar upstairs and Bull Bar down-stairs). A fire is made not far from the Bull Bar. There is enough space for dancing around the fire, and beside it you can have a rest at some chill-out. Considering that all wooden bungalows have been made as if a single camp, where everyone is a neighbour, and as during the day all of them have time to associate and get acquainted, night parties (they last until the morning) have exceptionally positive, warm and even sexual atmosphere. And how could you do without sex at this place, at such gathering of young men and women from all over the world???

When in Olympos you must climb the Tahtali Mountain (Greeks called it the «Olympus»). You can get at the top of this mountain, which is 2365 meters high, on foot, but it would be better for you to use the cableway. You can see the signs ‘Olimpos Teleferik’ on the way between the villages Tekirova and Camyuva. From the top of the mountain the fires can be seen burning on the mountain sides, and they have already been there for several thousand years. The thing is that there are multiple holes in the mountain that let out inflammable gases. It was just about this mountain that Homer wrote in his ‘Iliada’. According to Greek mythology, the fire is exhaled by the monstrous female creature Chimera abiding inside the mountain. By the other version, this was a kind of divine fire, indicating that the Olympians lived just on this mountain and not in Greece.

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