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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!
For great value
- The Azur Hotel offers bungalow and rustic cabin resort-style accommodation, surrounded by tropical gardens and just a few minutes walk from the beach. Most of the rooms/cabins have private verandas with hammocks, and great local cuisine is served on a number of terraces. Room rates start from just £56 per night and this is definitely one of the best places to stay in Çıralı for families.
- The 11 cottage Arcadia Hotel sits between the Mediterranean and the Arcadian forest, so there are lovely views in both directions. There’s plenty of privacy between the cottages and there’s a restaurant onsite as well as a pool and gardens.
- The Olympos Lodge is surrounded by luscious gardens, also home to peacocks, and has its own private beach. The accommodation is in minimalist chic rooms and suites dotted around the gardens.
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Best Hotels in Cirali
Azur Hotel from $69Cirali (Kemer)
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.Great walks - Follow footpaths north along the coast towards Tekirova. The Lycian Way is on your doorstepOther Activities - Jeep tours into the mountainous interior. Cruise on a gulet - the hotel can adviseFamilies - Lots of activites for children and flexible accommodation in bungalows and cabinsSights nearby - Explore the ruins of the Lycian city of OlymposRecommended by - I Escape
Arcadia Hotel 11 rooms from $99Cirali (Kemer)
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.Great walks - Join in on one of the regular nature walks, suitable for all ages and abilities.Sailing - Sail into the sunset on a privately hired boat.Full of characterSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Olympos Lodge 14 rooms from $198Cirali
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.Weddings - The 15 acre garden filled with peacocks is the perfect setting for a wedding.Beach Life - The hotel has its own private beach.Garden - Stunning verdant gardens.HoneymoonsRecommended by - CN Traveller