Çıralı // Do All Things With Love

Date: 12 September 14 Local
Time: 10:00pm
Location: Çıralı, Turkey
Hours of sleep in last 24: 9

Forget everything you know about Turkey – and just know that if you ever want to vacation somewhere tropical and amazing, forget Hawaii, and Costa Rica and book yourself a trip to Çıralı, Turkey right now. It’s okay, I’ll wait.

Çıralı // Do All Things With Love

Çıralı // Do All Things With Love

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Çıralı // Do All Things With Love

The ruins of Olimpos visible from the beach

The ruins of Olimpos visible from the beach

Çıralı is completely perfect. It is off the beaten path, in a heavily-forested area that has a good number of small hotels and pensions, even some campgrounds if you want to travel on a tight budget but the best part of the town is no giant resorts! The beach is fantastic and is one of the best known hatching grounds for the endangered Loggerhead Turtles, and it is at the base of the Taurus mountains and right next to the ruins of Olimpos and Mount Olimpos. The ruins are stunning, the beaches are perfect, and the mountains are beautiful. There are plenty of small shops and restaurants, vendors who rent bikes and small kayaks. Don’t waste your time or money on a guided tour, just walk 15 minutes down the beach to the entrance of Olimpos and explore on foot.

Çıralı + Olimpos // Do All Things With Love

Çıralı + Olimpos // Do All Things With Love

Çıralı + Olimpos // Do All Things With Love

Çıralı + Olimpos // Do All Things With Love

Çıralı + Olimpos // Do All Things With Love

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Graffiti in solidarity with the Gezi protest in 2013.

Çıralı + Olimpos // Do All Things With Love

View of Çıralı from the base of Mt. Olimpus

Çıralı + Olimpos // Do All Things With Love

Necropolis (city of the dead)

Çıralı + Olimpos // Do All Things With Love

Part of the Olimpus necropolis

Çıralı + Olimpos // Do All Things With Love

Writing on one of the tombs

Olimpus // Do All Things With Love

Remains of the Bishop’s Palace

Olimpus // Do All Things With Love

Castle ruins

Olimpus // Do All Things With Love

intact mosaic fragments

I’m not the only one raving about this spot, check out the other travel guides to Çıralı:

We stayed in the Güneş Pansiyon in Çıralı and it was amazingly nice. We had a cabin with two bedrooms and a sofa bed as well as a really spacious living space. It would have been comfortable for the five of us for at least a week. Plus the whole area just felt like being in a jungle.

Çıralı // Do All Things With Love

The path to our cabin.

Çıralı // Do All Things With Love

Snail on lotus leaves.

Çıralı // Do All Things With Love

Çıralı // Do All Things With Love

The master bedroom in the cabin was super comfortable.

They had a restaurant too, which was delicious! We had the most amazing freshly caught fish.

Çıralı // Do All Things With Love

Çıralı // Do All Things With Love

Çıralı // Do All Things With Love

Our dinner table in the jungle.

Stay tuned for our trip to see the burning rocks in Çıralı. Yes, there is a mountain that has a bunch of fires coming out of the rocks.

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