Is there a sensible way to see the Chimaera?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Sep 30, 2012 5:17 AM Last Post By: habby
Sep 25, 2012 5:41 AM
Is there a sensible way to see the Chimaera?We’ll be staying in Kas and I’m feeling conflicted from different things I’ve read about visiting the Chimaera near Olympos. On the one hand it would be amazing to see a real marvel from Classical legend. On the other, it sounds like a long trek and an overnight stay (isn’t that essential?) for something which one risks not finding and are not reliably spectacular.
Is it worth trying to see the Chimaera? What’s the most sensible way to make sure you actually find them?
Sep 25, 2012 6:07 AM
1I would recommend checking them out. You should also check out the ruins of Olympos. They are some of my favorite ruins in this part of the country. The two sites are only a few miles apart and the chimera is a fairly major site so it is easy to find.
Sep 25, 2012 6:09 AM
Sep 26, 2012 9:49 AM
3In modern times the Chimaera are rather underwhelming compared to the tales of the ancients ;) Best to visit at night and even then don't expect too much unless you are extremely lucky. I agree with #1 that Olympos is a particularly good place to visit in that area--if you have time take swimming gear as there is a quite good beach.
Sep 27, 2012 12:09 AM
Sep 29, 2012 12:57 PM
Sep 30, 2012 5:17 AM
6Rather than going to see them "at night" I'd suggested going at sunset - and definitely need a torch for the return walk. To be honest I was underwhelmed by the chimera - just a series of small flames coming out of cracks in the rock.
Although Olympus and Cirali (the nearest village to the Chimera) are close to each other on the map, by road you need to go back to the main highway which will take about 45 minutes or so from memory.
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