ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Hike High up in the Turkish Mountains - Cold Olympos

Updated on December 11, 2019

Throughout the year, Olympos Beydaglari National Park in Turkey offers various outdoor activities, such as water sports, hiking, picnics, camping, and paragliding. The nature park is inhabited by unique flora and fauna, and extends along the Kemer-Kumluca coastline in the Mediterranean, from the southwest of Antalya and all the way to Gelidonya.

Hiking and cycling through the mountains in the nature park when you are vacationing in Turkey, are known to be remarkable experiences. The highest peak, Tahatli Dagi, extends up to 2,365 meters and was called “Olympos” in ancient times. If you hike to the top of the mountain, you will be rewarded with a fantastic panoramic view of azure water and mighty mountain ranges.

Olympos Beach is a real insider tip. The beach is located in a conservation area and is especially known for the unique wooden houses hotels and turtle species Caretta Caretta. These turtles lay their eggs right on the beach, and if you are lucky you can see little baby turtles hatching.

A trail along wild nature, followed by the traces of ancient traditions, will bring out the adventurer in you - this is a great way to experience the country, to have a nice trip to Turkey.

The ride starts in Beyşehir and climbs slowly up beautiful mountain ranges, past laurel trees and with fantastic views of the Yala high plains. Next stop is the Valley of Wild Horses, where riders gather for a picnic around lit bonfires and share the day's experiences. The night is spent in a tent or caravan.

The tour is organized by a real cowboy ranch, established by a German-Turkish family in 2002. The ranch is located in a small town at the foot of the mountains. Here you will really get a real experience of the wild west. Next year, the program will be expanded to include the picturesque Saint Paul hiking trail.

About 30 km north-east from Antalya, at an altitude of about 1050 meters, you will find one of the most beautiful and impressive ruins in Turkey. The ruins are located just off the ancient mountain of Solymos: the ancient city of Termessos, already mentioned by Homer in his poem Iliad.

Homer recognized the stability of the city, which was not even conquered by Alexander the Great. Many of the old buildings can still be seen today: the city walls, temples and the impressive theater. All set in front of a backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery, overlooking Antalya Bay.

The old town is located in a national park, which can be reached by car. From the parking lot at the park to Termessos, it takes about 20 minutes to walk.

The Lycian Trail is named one of the world's ten most beautiful hikes and is also among the world's best preserved. The trail leads directly to the ruins of Phaselis, an ideal destination for a day trip. In addition to experiencing the ancient city, one should visit one of the bays, where you can snorkel over sunken city ruins, go fishing or enjoy a picnic.

Another tip is to visit the ancient pier and aqueduct located in the harbor area of the city.

Phaselis is 15 kilometers away from Kemers, on the east side of the D-400 motorway. The distance from Antalya is 53 kilometers.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)