OLYMPOS BEACH / NATIONAL PARK
Olympos is a valley, located 90 kilometres from Antalya. The early history of Olympos is unknown, but the city was founded in the Hellenistic period, sharing its name with the nearby Mount Olympos. In the second century BC, the city became one of the six leading cities in the Lycian federation. During this period the Olympians worshipped Hephaestus, the god of fire. Olympos was then invaded and settled by the Cilician Pirates in the 1st century BC until the city was added to the Roman Empire around 78 BC.
In the middles ages, Venetians, Genoese and Rhodians built two fortresses along the coast of Olympos. During the 15th century these fortresses, along with Olympos were abandoned. Today the ruins can be visited and the site provides much splendour when combined with the beautiful scenery of a beach and stream that runs through a gorge. The area is also scattered in thick greenery, including; wild grapevines, oleander, bay trees, figs and pines.
Olympos can either be a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of Turkey, retreating to treehouses and a simple lifestyle, or a more outgoing stop with boat cruises, canyoning, jeep safaris, mountain biking, rock climbing, scuba diving, sea kayaking or hiking. Olympos is located along the Lycian Way, a 500-kilometre marked hiking trail between Fethiye and Antalya.