The small village of Çıralı sits beside a wonderful 3.2kms of idyllic, unspoiled beach. And as well as attracting beach lovers, this straight stretch of sand also attracts endangered loggerhead turtles, which is one of the things Çıralı is best known for. This is a friendly, relaxed hamlet and the best places to stay in Çıralı tend to be small family friendly resorts. But if your idea of a holiday hotel is a little grander than that, then there’s something for you on our Guru’s list too.
Seeing the loggerhead turtles bury their eggs in the sand, or seeing the tiny little hatchlings making their way down to the sea are certainly bucket-list worthy attractions, but Çıralı has a few more sights up its sleeve.
Çıralı is close to the ‘Burning Rocks’, a rocky area on the slopes of Mt. Olympos which is almost constantly aflame - fed by the gas with seeps from the ground and spontaneously combusts when it meets the air. This spectacle is fantastic seen at night, though possibly a little apocalyptic?
The ancient ruins of Olympos are also just a 15minute stroll along the beach. There are a number of lively bars and cafes in the new town of Olympos too. Çıralı is also a marker point along the Lycian Way and, as well as joining this famous route, there are also numerous excellent walking trails in the area.
The best places to stay in Cirali will be very busy during peak summer months. So either plan well ahead or come in the quieter periods, when you'll get more of the beach to yourself!
Resort with charming log cabins and large swimming pool set in tropical gardens just minutes from the beach. Bungalows and rustic cabins feature private verandas and hammocks. Guests can enjoy regional cuisine on the many peaceful terraces. Daily tours and plenty to do on site, perfect for families.
Nestled between the Mediterranean sea and Arcadian forest this property enjoys both sea and seclusion. The individual wooden cottages, ideal for families, are dotted between orange and palm trees. There is a restaurant serving locally sourced, organic cuisine as well as a pool and tranquil gardens.
A wonderful hotel set in luscious peacock filled gardens with a private beach. Romantic rooms and suites sprawled across the garden in creams and ochres. Minimalist chic living areas have fireplaces, wooden floors, and subtle lighting. A perfect spot for a honeymoon or wedding party.