Lake Bafa Hiking

Lake Bafa Hiking

Lake Bafa is an important refuge for flora and fauna, much deserving of its status as a Nature Reserve. In the surrounding area of Lake Bafa and the Meander Delta, there are over 250 species of birds. With 60 species of orchids, 20 species on our property, and natural...

Carian Trail

Carian Trail

The Carian Trail is the longest trail in Turkey. It consists of 820 km hiking trails and follows mainly ancient Carian paths. One of the nicest parts goes to some villages in the Latmos Mountains. Silva Oliva Hotel & Farm is ideally located to get access to this part...

Prehistoric Rock Paintings

Prehistoric Rock Paintings

The prehistoric rock paintings in the Latmos Mountains were created between 8000 - 4000 B.C. and are the earliest witnesses of prehistoric paintings in Western Turkey. Up to today, over 170 places could be discovered. They are considered as places of worship and...

Twin Islands

Twin Islands

We cross to the other side of the lake by boat. There are ruins of defense monasteries on both islands. The bigger island is connected to the shore by a sand dune. You can swim here. Following an ancient street, hike to Herakleia and return to our hotel by boat. You...

Stylos Monastery

Stylos Monastery

A challenging and rewarding hike to the Stylos Monastery which is high in the Latmos Mountains. There is an amazing cave with frescos. The Stylos Monastery was the biggest monastery of the region and was known for Saint Paul the Younger who lived on a tomb and ate...

Ancient City Latmos

Ancient City Latmos

The ancient city of Latmos preceded the city of Herakleia. King Mausolos demanded that the citizens had to move to the newly founded city of Herakleia. We visit Latmos then walk to two caves with Byzantine frescos in the Latmos Mountains. From here we walk to...

Citywall of Herakleia

Citywall of Herakleia

Hiking along the ancient city walls of Herakleia. The wall is remarkably long (6kms) and has 65 watch towers. There are wonderful views of the lake. A visit to Herakleia afterward is optional. Driving approx 1 h, Hiking approx 5 h Contact

Gerga

Gerga

The biggest cult-center in the Latmos Mountains is Gerga. It is totally unique and not very well understood even now. Gerga was a holy place with no settlement. The most noticeable building is the Temple which is built in stone but constructed like a wooden temple....