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ANTIC CITY OLYMPOS

ANTALYA-OLYMPOS/ bicycle

sunny 35 °C

Again we started to cycle arround 10 in the morning in direction Olympos. First 50km were not so hard and mostly flat. We had to cycle trough 2 tunnels on heavy traffic road which was little bit scary. I also had luck and experienced second flat tire which was exchanged with new. All the time road goes near coast and we were ridding trough pine tree woods smelling the Mediterranean sea. There are only few small touristic towns on the road, packed with rich Russian tourists. Second part of road was much harder with plenty of hills. We had to climb at least 25km till we reached the top of mountain with road sign "Olympos antic kenti 11km". This was great relief, because we were in the end with the power. All we had to do now was to ride downhill to the village and find accommodation. After so,me serious negotiating we hired a room in Kadirs top tree house resort.
The Olympos village is located in the heart of the Olympos coastal national park. The surrounding area offers best conditions for Trekking, Mountain biking, Canyoning, Rock climbing, Sea kayaking. It is possible to rent equipment in the village or to join organized tours. The former city of Olympos was founded in the Hellenistic period, presumably taking its name from nearby Mount Olympos, one of over twenty mountains with the name Olympos in the Classical world. There are still plenty of antic ruins all over the place. It is only allowed to build houses from wood and that is why you can sleep only in tree house. Today many people visit Olympos, but this are mostly backpackers and adventurists. It is not packed with package tourism which I liked very much. Village is also only 3km from beautiful beach, so we decided to stay for couple of days and enjoy for a while.

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Posted by Mitja 08:53

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