Olympos was founded in the Hellenistic period. In 100 BC, Olympos became one of the six leading cities of the Lycian union with three voting rights. In 78 BC, the Roman Commander Servilius Isauricus cleaned Olympos from pirates and added the city to the Roman lands during the Roman period, and, of course, became a great fame thanks to the cult of the blacksmith God (Hephaistos) in Cirali and where the gases still burning (Chimaera). In the Middle Ages when the Knights of Venice, Genoa and Rhodes were euphemen in the Mediterranean, the city was moved a little, but after the Ottomans gained naval superiority, it lost its importance well and was abandoned for 15th centuries.
The ruins to be seen in Olympos can be listed as follows; Necropolis Church, Northern Necropolis Street, South Necropolis, Bishopric Palace, Temple, Bridge, Vespasianus Spa (Hamam), Lykiarkh Tomb, Antimachos sarcophagus, Acropolis Hill and Basilica. Since Olympos is grade 1 natural site area, the building of the ancient area and the surrounding area are forbidden. That’s why accommodation is made in tree houses. This is the most important stop for travellers. In addition, the Beydağları Olympos National Park near the region is an ideal area for mountaineering enthusiasts. Olympos is also the natural spawning area of Caretta Caretta turtles, the most elegant animals in the world. Every year thousands of Caretta Caretta turtles cross the oceans and come to Olmypos beaches and lay their eggs. If you are lucky, you will see the Caretta Caretta turtles on the beach and have the opportunity to swim with them. The cold springs from the old streets of the ancient city of Olympos are collected in the stream bed. It offers a great shower for those who come out from salt water. You can camp in Olympos, stay in bungalows, rent wooden rooms and enjoy the turquoise waters ruled by pirates for centuries.
Olympos is located in Kemer district of Antalya. You can go easily go with car. Those who want to go by bus can find direct buses from Antalya Otogar (Bus terminal). Entrance fee to Olympos is 20 TL per person. Opening hours are 8am till 19pm. As an additional note, the first days of Religious holidays are closed to the public like all the ruins in Turkey. Probably over 100 of my friends from different countries visited Olympos with me and all were amazed about what they have seen. If you come to Antalya for a holiday, Olympos is one of the places to be seen. As of the beginning of 2019, we will create separate videos for each destination on our YouTube account. If you subscribe to our channel, you will not miss our videos. In addition, we will soon share photos from our Pinterest and Facebook accounts. If you have any information you would like to add to the contents of this page, please contact us. Thank you in advance.