Believe it or not, this is the very entry to Olympos, and it starts about where vegetation begins.
The ruins of Olympos may appear indifferent for anyone without good knowledge of Lycian and Roman history, but its setting makes this place quite intriguing.
Several of these foot paths lead you around Olympos.
Like a real jungle, starting right off the beach, the ruins of Olympos follows the river until a clearing, before you can go along the other side of the river, to see even more of about the same. Wild grapevines, flowering oleander, bay trees, wild figs and pines thrives makes Olympos a perfect escape from the sun at the height of summer.
Olympos appeared as an important Lycian town in the 2nd century BCE. Its reason to exits seem to have been much linked to the eternal flames of Chimaera, 8 km away. But nothing lasted very long, already in the 1st century BCE did the town go into decline, together with the rest of the Lycian states. In the 1st century CE, with the arrival of the Romans, life was pumped back into the veins of the town. It would survive for centuries, not abandoned until the 15th century. In the meantime, Venetians, Genoese and Rhodians had left their own traces at Olympos.
The entrance to the theatre. The theatre is seriously smashed up, but this entrance is in an unusually fine condition.
The site is always open, during day time an admission fee of 2 lira is collected.
Olympos has several camps and bungalows, which are very popular with many travellers, but too basic for others. All places doubles as restaurants, and there are a few dedicated restaurants as well.
There are fair communications with public transport, getting back and forth. The main hubs are Antalya and Fethiye, from where there are minibuses, one per hour from early morning until early evening.