Situated among the towering pines of the Olympos valley and a short walk to the pristine Olympos ruins and beach, Saban Treehouses is the perfect place for either a relaxing break or an adventure holiday. Opened in 1990 we provide quality accommodation to travelers, backpackers and families from all countries.
We have a range of accommodation to suit all budgets. Ranging from spaciously appointed Bungalows with climate control and ensuite bathroom, Treehouses for those who wish to relive their childhood dreams and even an air-conditioned dormitory for solo travelers.
All rates are inclusive of breakfast and a magnificent evening buffet dinner prepared in the traditional Turkish village style, utilizing the freshest of local produce and a world away from the usual restaurant fare.
Our food is continually rated by most guidebooks as the best in Olympos.
We have Wireless Internet available.
Family owned and operated we provide a relaxed and safe environment and encourage our guests to feel like a part of the family. English, German and Turkish are spoken fluently.
Whilst in Olympos there are a range of daily activities available. Including,
Sea Kayaking, Canyoning, Scuba Diving,White Water Rafting and Rock Climbing. For those interested in history, The ancient Lycian city of Olympos is on our doorstep and the fabled never-ending "Eternal" flames of Chimeara are easily accessable.
There is no need for in-depth historical information or a guide while traveling to Olympos(Olimpos). However, an understanding of the city’s history will make each step you take and each historical ruin you see more enlightening and enjoyable.
In Lycian times the ancient port city of Olympos(Olimpos) was one of the members of the Lycian Federation. Because of the wealth of Olympos(Olimpos), it had three (compared to less wealthy cities that had only one) seats in the federation. During this period the city was subject to raids by pirates. Later, the city was rescued by the Roman commander Isauricus. The city’s wealth was due to its strategic trading position – it benefited from Genoese and Venetian traders who took advantage of the city’s natural harbour.
Moving seventeen centuries on, Olympos(Olimpos) is now the destination of those seeking tranquility in aesthetically pleasing surroundings. Although it is all so easy to get submerged in a place steeped in such history, it has to be remembered that it is not just the past that attracts people to Olympos(Olimpos). The translucent water of the Mediterranean is too tempting to resist. A swimsuit is an absolute must when visiting. Peering in to the sea from a boat the pebbles appear within hands-reach; they’re probably twenty feet away from the tip of the finger !Looking up from the seashore, the city’s ancient acropolis is clearly visible on the side of the mountain.
Those who wish to rid themselves of the salt after swimming should paddle in the stream that flows through the valley, and then meanders through the Lycian ruins, before eventually reaching the sea. Whilst strolling through the ice-cold stream a sarcophagus comes into sight amongst the ruins of the city. The sarcophagus is that of Captain Eudomos - there is an embossed boat figure and an inscription in his memory. The path that cuts through the pine forest leads to the Roman temple.
Olympos(Olimpos) is believed to be a pre-Greek word for "mountain"; over 20 peaks bore the name and in many cases gave it the adjacent town or city. The most famous is the Thessalian peak in North East Greece, home of the Greek gods. The ancient city therefore takes its name from Tahtali dag (wooden mountain) an ancient Mt.Olympos(Olimpos) situated 10 km to the north, with the eternal flames still burning in it's foothills.
Olympos(Olimpos) was one of the main cities in the ancient region of Lycia, forming part of the Lycian confederacy. The foundations of the city date back to the early Hellenistic period (circa 300 BC). Alexandra the Great wintered in Phaselis, a neighbouring city in the early stages of his conquest of the ancient world.
Olympos(Olimpos) was first mentioned in historical records in 78 BC when the Roman Governor in Cilcilia, Servilius Vatia defeated the chief pirate Zenicetes in a naval battle. Zenicetes had made Olympos his stronghold terrorizing the coastline from the hidden havens of Porto Cenoviz and Sazak. The city was then declared "ager publicus". Roman property to be given sold or leased to private individuals.
It was said the pirates used to make strange sacrifices and celebrate secret rites to the cult of Mithras. Mithras was the Persian god of pure spirit & light in the system of Zoroaster, which became immensely popular throughout the eastern world.
In 43 AD Lycia was brought into the Roman Empire and festivals were held in honour of the god Hephaistos, the principal deity of the city. Emperor Hadrian also visited the city in 130 AD.
Olympos(Olimpos) became the seat of a bishop during the Christianization of the Roman Empire, but from the third century onwards renewed attacks from pirates brought the city into a slow decline and a gradual loss of the cities importance.
There was a brief revival in the11th and 12th Centuries by the Genoese, Venetians and the Knights of Rhodes who rebuilt the city for use as a trading post during the crusades. The city seems to have been abandoned some time during the 15th Century when the Ottoman Navy established its mastery over the Eastern Mediterranean.
Olympos(Olimpos) was built in the 2nd century B. C. as seaport and existed until the 15th century. The ancient city is situated in a beautiful area of mountains and valleys including a beautiful beach.