Region: Olympos - Olimpos
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Olympos is a valley on the south coast of Turkey, 90 km southwest of Antalya city, near the Town of Kemer.
The city was founded in the Hellenistic period, sharing its name with nearby Mount Olympos (Turkish: Tahtalı Dağı). Its coins date back to the 2nd century BC. The city became one of the six leading cities of the Lycian Federation. In the 1st century BC, Olympos was invaded and settled by Cilician pirates. Near Olympos, located in the neighbouring village of Çıralı and about 200 meters above sea level, the eternal flames called the Chimaera may be seen issuing from the ground. The fuel source of the flames is natural gas, largely methane, seeping through cracks in the earth. The mythical Chimaera - or Chimera - was a savage beast who sprouted fire from its mouth.
In the 15th century Olympos had been abandoned. Olympos has the typical Mediterranean Climate in which summers are hot and dry,winters are warm and rainy. Swimming is possible from the beginning of April till late September.