Hidden Gems

Astonishing Natural Wonders When You Sail In Turkey

By Jenny Wilson
on  February 20, 2017

There are plenty of amazing sights to enjoy when you sail in Turkey, including quaint fishing villages, impressive Lycian remains and beautiful countryside to explore. There is no shortage of stunning beaches to discover and aside from golden sands and turquoise waters, there are some more unusual natural wonders to explore.

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Cirali, nestled between a couple of mountains along the Lycian Way, is one of the region’s best-kept secrets. The impact of tourism is kept to a minimum here, as the beach is the nesting site of the endangered loggerhead turtle. A variety of preservations orders are in place, thanks to the ministries of forestry and culture and tourism, that prevent over-development and keep the area clean and safe for these gorgeous animals. The relatively isolated location, combined with the broad sweep of beach, backed by pine, citrus and eucalyptus trees, make this a simply stunning place to relax and take in the breathtaking beauty of Cirali.

Whilst you are here, make sure you investigate one of the most peculiar natural phenomena to be found in the region. Located in a small clearing, a collection of rocks spout flames from small fissures. The nature of the gases is unidentified, as is the origin of these spectacular flames. What is known is that these rocks have been burning for a very long time and were given the name Chimera by ancient Greek explorers due to their resemblance to the mythological fire-breathing beast.

Cirali may be a little off the beaten track, but this is what makes it so special and well worth the journey to see some of the world’s most amazing natural wonders.

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