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A complete boat can be yours, just put a group together and you are among yourself and the only one on a traditional
wooden Gullet. Such a trip is also a good idea for clubs and other parties. From 10 persons onward we reserve a
boat for you and suggest the best itinerary.
"The small harbors and settlements
offer an intimate view of coastal life which large ships cannot replicate authentically.
In many ways a gulet is like a full service hotel where every room has a sea view and the scenery changes constantly."
The Olympos Treehouses - Famous worldwide for wonderful food and warm hospitality,
you will not find a better place to stay. Whether you choose to sleep in a specially constructed tree house or
bungalow, all rooms are clean and comfortable. There is also an attractive lounge and bar area, the ideal place
to sit around an open campfire in the evening whilst you relax over a cold beer, have a game of backgammon and
meet new friends from all around the world.
can book a stay in the treehouses with
combining a 3 night/4 days minicruise on a gullet
our minicruises to and from Olympos
you book directly for the treehouses here
How To Get There
How to get to Olympos via Antalya
Antalya is the closest major bus station to Olympos. It takes approximately 1½ hours from Antalya to the
Olympos main road bus station.
Buses leave Antalya every half hour for the west (look for the destinations of Fethiye or Kas, these buses pass
by the Olympos main road bus station). Antalya Tur is the company, which runs these buses.
How to get to Olympos along the 'COASTAL ROAD' from Fethiye and the West
Buses depart Fethiye every hour towards Antalya. The closer you get to Olympos the more frequent the buses become.
Check the times with the bus station in the town that you are in. You need to get off the bus at the Olympus Main
Road Bus Station.
Olympos Main Road Bus Station
From here you need to catch the Olympos service 11 kilometers down to the Valley that will drop you right at our
front door. Just request to stop here.
Olympos can also be reached by boat. A narrow creek divides the historical site and then flows into the sea. However,
nautical Charts need to be corrected after in autumn 2009 a mud and serce slide, caused by torrential rainfalls,
transformed the mouth of the river. Today anchoring close to it is not possible anymore.
You have the Chance to visit a remarkable spot which is fringed by rocks. Although the site has been touristical developed, it radiates an unspoiled innocence whe it owes to its profuse Vegetation
where you will enjoy spending sorne time in the shade among sarcophagi from ancienl world.
How to leave Olympos
When you are ready to throw the backpack on again, you first need to get to the Olympos Main Road Bus Station.
In peak times buses leave from your pension doorstep every hour on the hour between 9am and 6pm. In other times,
there are still 5 services a day up to the main road. If you are traveling in the winter months, you can always
access Bayram's Pension. Just give us a call and we will pick you up.
Buses West towards Fethiye
Buses depart the Olympos Main Road Bus Station on the main road every half hour.
This same bus can be taken to reach destinations such as: Demre, Kas, Kalkan, Patara.
Buses to all other destinations via Antalya (Istanbul, Goreme, Selcuk, etc)
From the Olympos Main Road Bus Station buses travel to Antalya Otogar approximately every half an hour. From here
you can catch buses to Istanbul, Goreme, Selcuk, Marmaris etc. We can book these bus tickets for you while you
are staying with us here.
Arriving into or departing from Antalya airport? We have a 24-hour airport service available. Contact us prior
to your arrival with flight details and we can confirm the price.
Hit the Beach...
Just a short walk from the treehouses, the Olympos beach is situated in a picturesque bay in the shadow of Olympos
Mountain. Opportunities abound for swimming, rock jumping, kayaking and hiking. And, when you're ready to move
on, our on-site travel agency can get you going on a Mediterranean Blue Cruise and help with all your travel planning needs.
When in Olympos (Olimpos,
Explore the nearby ruins of the ancient city of Olympos. Plan a visit to the amazing natural phenomenon of the
Chimera flames, which have been burning bright on Olympos mountain for thousands of years. Take a hike on the Lycian
Trail, a 580km route that passes right through Olympos.
Most of the treehouses have several computers available so that keeping in touch with the folks at home or your
friends on the road couldn't be easier.
Test your fitness and explore the coves, hidden caves and stunning colours of the Mediterranean waters by kayak.
History Of Olympos Olympos
Olympos is believed to be a pre-Greek word for 'mountain'; over 20 peaks bore the name and in many cases gave it
the adjacent town or city. The most famous is the Thessalian peak in North East Greece, home of the Greek gods.
The ancient city therefore takes its name from Tahtali dag (wooden mountain) an ancient Mt. Olympos situated 10
km to the north, with the eternal flames still burning in it's foothills.
Olympos was one of the main cities in the ancient region of Lycia, forming part of the Lycian confederacy. The
foundations of the city date back to the early Hellenistic period (circa 300 BC). Alexandra the Great wintered
in Phaselis, a neighbouring city in the early stages of his conquest of the ancient world.
Olympos was first mentioned in historical records in 78 BC when the Roman Governor in Cilcilia, Servilius Vatia
defeated the chief pirate Zenicetes in a naval battle. Zenicetes had made Olympos his stronghold terrorizing the
coastline from the hidden havens of Porto Cenoviz and Sazak. The city was then declared 'ager publicus'. Roman
property to be given sold or leased to private individuals.
It was said the pirates used to make strange sacrifices and celebrate secret rites to the cult of Mithras. Mithras
was the Persian god of pure spirit and light in the system of Zoroaster, which became immensely popular throughout
the eastern world.
In 43 AD Lycia was brought into the Roman Empire and festivals were held in honour of the god Hephaistos, the principal
deity of the city. Emperor Hadrian also visited the city in 130 AD.
Legend and Myth: Yanartas
The Yanatas burning stone is situated 250m above sea level in the foothills below Tahtali Dag (wooden mountain).
At present there are about 20 vents of flames in an open rocky area set in the middle of forest. As early as 4th
century BC ancient authors mention the mysterious flames. The ruins set in front of the flames are of a Byzantine
church, not much remains of the original sanctuary dedicated to Hephaestus. Analysis has reported a percentage
of methane gas combusting from the vents, for optimum effect they are best viewed at night but don't forget to
bring a torch!
The Yanartas is connected with the myth of Bellerophon and the Chimera. 'Bellerophon - Prince of Corinth' was sent
to 'Iobates - King of Lycia', by 'Proitos - King of Argos' after alleged violations with Proitos's wife Stentorian,
with a secret message to have him killed. Iobates set Bellerophon the task of killing the Chimera, a fire breathing
creature who's monstrous body was a made up of the head of a lion, goats torso and serpents tail.
Being in favour with the gods, Athena aided Bellerophon in harnessing Pegasus the winged horse. Armed with a spear
of lead he lanced the Chimera in the mouth, the lead turned molten and the mythical monster suffocated to death.
Iobates then ordered him to fight the Solymi (Termessians), a fierce tribe of warriors and then the Amazons. Succeeding
he returned triumphantly even after being ambushed by the bravest Lycian warriors. Iobates decided to honour him
and gave one of his daughters in marriage along with half his kingdom.
Other versions tell of Bellerophon's attempt to fly to 'heaven' and being bucked off by Pegasus at the gates and
falling back to earth, wandering alone and being hated by the gods.
Olympos forms part of the Olympos - Bey daglari National Park situated on Turkey's southern coastline in the province
of Antalya. Nestled under the western fingers of the Taurus Mountains, snow clad peaks (winter) give way to cedar
and pine forest sweeping down to the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.