Olympos has been known as a backpackers destination for years and for good reason. There are few places where you can follow up a good day of sport climbing with a short walk through ancient Greek ruins and a swim in the Mediterranean. You can also go kayaking, on a boat tour, mountain biking, hiking, drinking, or even deep water soloing to spice up your climbing trip. In terms of climbing the area contains several smaller limestone crags within walking distance to each other. The crags are not particularly consolidated but it is very possible to climb at two or three walls per day with each wall containing about 15 - 20 routes. The rock quality is generally good and the walls vary from overhung to vertical. The steeper walls often have smaller tufa formations making for fun sport climbing while the vertical walls can be very thin and technical. You can climb here year round but it gets really hot and humid from around mid June into August. It is easy to climb in either shade or sun depending on the season.
Staying in Olympos can be very comfortable for rock climbers. Numerous relatively cheap pensions line the only street offering either dorm style beds, private bungalows, or camp sites with breakfast and lunch included. Probably the most famous of which is Kadir's Tree House but, be warned, Kadir's is a party spot. Don't expect to get much sleep until 4:00am. I found much more relaxing options just a short five minute walk closer to the beach.
To get there by bus:
Local buses (Dolmush) head south toward Olympos from the Antalya main bus station (Otogar) every 20 minutes or so. The cost for us was 8 Turkish Lira each to ride the Dolmush to the turnoff for Olympos. From here you catch another local Dolmush that shuttles travelers to and from Olympos every 30 minutes or so. The cost was an additional 3 Turkish Lira each. Once at Olympos you will not need a vehicle.
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Near the trail to cennet.
Jan 24, 2011
Olympos has both a very ancient archeological site and a beautiful beach with lots of rocks to climb on.
There are three main sectors. Cennet (Heaven) is on the coast but away from tourists, Horguc (Hump) is next to the river and Cirali is on the way to mount Olympos.
More information on this area: www.olymposrockclimbing.com/
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One of the most famous hostels in Europe: www.kadirstreehouses.com/
There are many other hostels and hotels in the area where you can just walk in. The busy season is from May to September. It is still warm enough to climb otherwise. Doesn't rain very often.
There is also Deep Water Soloing in an hour of boat ride away. But I haven't done that so you are going to have to ask around. People in Kadir's will probably know about it.
There are buses from Antalya bus terminal which can drop you on Kadir's front door. The area is a valley leading to the sea. There is a certain time of the year where sea turtles lay eggs on the beach. Be careful to obey the warning signs.
|By Ron Grat|
From: Georgetown, Co.
Jul 20, 2011
I've heard rumors of an international climbers festival in Olympos at the end of October (2011). Does anyone out there know anything more about this? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!