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Kadirs Tree Houses

People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Donald (Australia), Ertan (Turkey)

Having reached the turn off for Olympos, Ertan and I disembarked from the dolmush at a little roadside cafe and were told that the next shuttle bus was due in 30 minutes. We ordered some tea and Ertan called Kadirs Tree houses to make sure that the information on the dolmush was accurate. Even though we received the same story from Kadirs, we ended up having to wait for 90 minutes, which got a little bit frustrating, especially as Ertan had to go back to Kale in the afternoon.

We got down to Olympos just before midday and i was pleased to see that Donald was still there, as he had originally planned to leave the day before.

Olympos beach
We quickly had time to say hello to him and then Ertan and I went to see the beach. My last recollections of Olympos were rather blurry and consisted mainly of drinking and sleeping (on a roof, a Dinner table and maybe once in a bed...), although i had a vague flashback of some ruins, so we decided to see what there was en route.

To be honest, I was pretty amazed by the extent of what was on offer, with countless crumbling buildings in the woods, with a totally authentic and unrestored feel to them. It made me realise what a total piss head i had been the last time i had passed through this neck of the woods, to not even bother looking around properly, but at least i now had a second chance! We spent a fair amount of time picking our way through the ancient Roman ruins, which included a dilapidated theatre and plenty of tombs.
Olympos beach, with a couple chatting and a boy walking, otherwise deserted


Exiting on the beach we climbed up to the Genoese castle that loomed above the shore and gave lovely panoramas of the bay below. Clambering back down we walked along the pebbly beach and stopped at a deserted restaurant to eat some fruit that we had brought along with us. It was a far cry from the summer months, when the beach is teeming with holiday makers and cruise ships are anchored for the night. In some respects i missed the vibrancy, but in others i really appreciated the solitude.

Both of us were starting to get hungry, so we left the beach and went for a chip butty, before heading back to Kadirs. Ertan caught the 17.00 dolmush and it was sad to see him leave, he had been a great host and a good friend for the last few days. I sat in the communal dining room and used the internet for half an hour, before Dinner was served just after 18.
Full moon over the sea at Olympos
00. Kadir's at this time of year is an amazing bargain, as 15YTL ($10) not only gets you a dormitory bed, but also Breakfast and Dinner. Even though the food was vegetarian, the servings were huge and i left with a full belly.

To work off the excesses of the meal, Donald and I walked to Chimaera, which are 'eternal flames', located on the lower slopes of Mount Olympos. To reach the site we had to walk along the beach to the town of Cirali, crossing a freezing cold stream in barefoot along the way. From here we took a country road that winded its way past a nicely illuminated mosque and then up to the flames. We didn't really have the need for a torch, as the full moon lit the way for us, and it reminded me that the last time i had seen the full moon was on that memorable morning at Nemrut Dagi.
Full moon over the Mosques minaret at Olympos


There are several legends connected to the flames, which include a mythical beast, or possibly the buried son of Typhon, who was defeated with the aid of Pegasus the flying horse. In reality the flames are actually a natural phenomenon, created by a gas that ignites when coming into contact with the air. Its one of those peculiar occurrences that has you stood there, wondering what the hell is going on! After half an hour of gawking at the flames we decided to make our way back to Olympos, stopping to buy an Efes to take with us along the way. All in, it was a 14km round trip, but having Donald and Efes to keep me company certainly made it worthwhile!

On Monday morning i really didn't want to get out of bed. It had been a restless night due to the cold and even three thick blankets hadn't been enough to keep me warm! Thankfully breakfast got the metabolism going and i warmed up even more having taken a shower.
Me at Chimaera
I wasn't sure how i was going to spend my day, but that soon changed when i heard music drifting throughout the tree houses. I went in search of the sound and found Donald strumming away on a guitar. He was actually really good and had a decent singing voice too, so i sat and listened to him until a string broke, which was a rather unfortunate mishap!

I spent the rest of my day basking in the warm sun and writing my blog, before deciding enough was enough and i caught the 15.00 dolmush up to the main road with Donald. We just had time to grab a yummy gozleme (Turkish pancake) at the road stop cafe, before hopping on a passing dolmush to Antalya. It had been another wonderful visit to Olympos and only fueled my passion to want to come back again - next time i reckon an autumn vacation is in order.

Deats says:
Thanks :) The font is messed up though... oh well, everything cant be perfect haha
Posted on: Jan 18, 2009
mybu84 says:
nice blog
xx
Posted on: Jan 17, 2009
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Kadirs Tree Houses
Kadirs Tree Houses
Olympos beach
Olympos beach
Olympos beach, with a couple chatt…
Olympos beach, with a couple chat…
Full moon over the sea at Olympos
Full moon over the sea at Olympos
Full moon over the Mosques minaret…
Full moon over the Mosques minare…
Me at Chimaera
Me at Chimaera
Kadirs tree houses
Kadirs tree houses
Ancient Tombs
Ancient Tombs
Coffin
Coffin
Necropolis
Necropolis
Sarcophogus
Sarcophogus
Theatre
Theatre
Ruined building at Olympos
Ruined building at Olympos
Ruins at Olympos
Ruins at Olympos
Olympos ruins
Olympos ruins
Olympos beach
Olympos beach
Olympos beach, seen from the Genoe…
Olympos beach, seen from the Geno…
Olympos beach, seen from the Genoe…
Olympos beach, seen from the Geno…
Fisherman on the rocks
Fisherman on the rocks
Fisherman on the rocks
Fisherman on the rocks
Genoese castle
Genoese castle
Olympos coastline
Olympos coastline
Rocks in the sea at Olympos
Rocks in the sea at Olympos
Olympos beach
Olympos beach
River running from Olympos into th…
River running from Olympos into t…
Soothing my aching feet
Soothing my aching feet
Ertan in the cold water
Ertan in the cold water
Me relaxing on the beach in Olympos
Me relaxing on the beach in Olympos
Olympos beach
Olympos beach
Olympos beach
Olympos beach
A couple sit on Olympos beach
A couple sit on Olympos beach
Sarcophagus
Sarcophagus
Path from the beach to Olympos
Path from the beach to Olympos
Olympos ruins
Olympos ruins
Two sarcophagi at Olympos
Two sarcophagi at Olympos
Sarcophagus
Sarcophagus
Inscription on a sarcophagus
Inscription on a sarcophagus
Sarcophagus
Sarcophagus
Tiled floor and ruins
Tiled floor and ruins
Tiled floor
Tiled floor
Ruined building
Ruined building
Olympos ruins
Olympos ruins
Olympos ruins
Olympos ruins
Olympos ruins
Olympos ruins
Scenery at Olympos
Scenery at Olympos
Olympos ruins- necropolis
Olympos ruins- necropolis
Olympos ruins- necropolis
Olympos ruins- necropolis
Full moon over the sea at Olympos
Full moon over the sea at Olympos
Chimaera flames
Chimaera flames
Chimaera flames
Chimaera flames
Chimaera flames
Chimaera flames
Chimaera flames
Chimaera flames
Chimaera flames
Chimaera flames
Kadirs Tree houses
Kadirs Tree houses
Kadirs Tree houses
Kadirs Tree houses
Kadirs Tree houses
Kadirs Tree houses
Kadirs Tree houses
Kadirs Tree houses
Kadirs Tree houses - sign in the B…
Kadirs Tree houses - sign in the …
Kadirs Tree houses - sign in the B…
Kadirs Tree houses - sign in the …
Kadirs Tree houses
Kadirs Tree houses
Scenery from the road where we cau…
Scenery from the road where we ca…
Lady making delicious gozleme
Lady making delicious gozleme
Olympos
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