Kemer – Antalya – Turkey
GPS : 36°25’01.8″N 30°29’18.1″E / 36.417159, 30.488365
Çıralı Liman lies to the west of Yöremenci Burnu. The shoreline is sandy. Çıralı Bay is a fair-weather anchorage. You can drop anchor in 10 – 15 meters off the beach. From here you can visit the important ancient Lycian city of Olympos, which is on the Akpınar River in the valley.
The cove of Çıralı Liman is exposed to the N but one can anchor here in settled weather for a visit to the site of ancient Olympos. By afternoon the prevailing S – SE winds can raise some swell, so a morning visit is better. Anchor in 5 – 6 metres about 100 metres off the beach. The holding is good on sand. One can also anchor at Çeneviz Liman and come here with the dinghy.
The setting is tremendous, and swimming in the river’s cool water (near the entrance) is a delight. Çıralı Bay is one of the most popular spots for excursion boats, it is always better to reach here before noon time. The village of Çıralı is situated inland, and the famous Yanartaş is accessible from there. A rough path leads to the mythological Chimaera, who was thought to be Lycia’s fire-breathing monster.
Çıralı is an agricultural village in southwest Turkey, in the Kemer district of Antalya Province. It is walking distance from the ancient ruins of Olympos and Chimaera permanent gas vents, located in the ancient Lycia region of Anatolia.
Çıralı is a small rural village located just over an hour’s drive southwest from Antalya and has a 3.5 km secluded beach. The ancient ruins of Olympos are located on the far end of the sea side and in a long hike up the mountains the flames of the Chimaera / Yanartaş can be found.
Çıralı is also known for being an area protected by the WWF for the nesting of caretta, also known as loggerhead sea turtles. The excellent 3.5 km beach is a popular nesting site for loggerhead and green sea turtles, and the crystal clear water makes for superb swimming.
Çıralı’s beach is surrounded by family-run pensions conveniently located for tourists. Little cafes run along the seashore down to the side of the beach with the ancient ruins of Olympos. The location of the beach allows people to enjoy the sunrise that spreads over the salty Mediterranean sea.
The “secret seaside” is also near the Ulupınar region, which is rich in rivers and creeks. In fact, Çıralı is one of the last untouched natural areas along the Antalya coastline.
The coastal hamlet of Çıralı, 80 km south-west of Antalya on the Lycian Way, is a pure delight. This low-key resort in the Beydağları National Park is a popular holiday spot with Turkish families and the odd western European who, like us, arrived by happy fluke.
At the northern end of the beach you can explore the ruins of the ancient Lycian city of Olympos, where visitors to the beach ramble over the ruins of an amphitheatre, aqueducts and byzantine tombs. You can opt for quirky treehouse accommodation in the Olympos valley, or a more peaceful option is to stay in Çıralı itself at one of the small guesthouses.
Farthest east and closest to big-city Antalya is Çıralı, a modest if strung-out hamlet among the swathes of citrus groves engulfing a fertile plain between spectacular mountains and a two-mile shingle beach. There are family-orientated pensions and a strip of simple beach-front restaurants, all offering their customers’ free sun-beds and umbrellas.