Turkey’s hidden paradise, Butterfly Valley, is located in Ölüdeni not far from Fethiye. The canyon is accessible only by boat or via the Lycian Way walking trail. Butterfly Valley, or Kelebekler Vadisi in Turkish, near Fethiye is considered to be one of Turkey’s natural treasures with its unparalleled nature and rich wildlife, enjoying protected status by the World Heritage Foundation and has been closed to construction since 1995.
Famous for the butterflies that have given the valley its name, it has become a meeting point for fans of nature worldwide. It was rediscovered by hippies who found it when the nearby Blue Lagoon became popular with tourists.
Butterfly Valley is is the home to more than 70 butterfly species, in particular butterflies named after Kaplan. The natural habitat of these butterflies is next to the waterfalls on the walls of the canyon, furthest away from the sea.
How to access Butterfly Valley
Butterfly Valley can be reached by boat or by car up until the village of Faralya. If you choose to go by car you had better be prepared to walk and climb the last part from Faralya until you reach the valley. As this climb isn’t suitable for everyone, your best bet is to go by boat. However, the view from Faralya, located 1200 ft above the sea level, is well worth a visit!
It is recommended that you access Butterfly Valley by boat from Ölüdeniz. The boats runs 3 times a day, take about 20 minutes, and cost about 15TL.
Where to stay at the Butterfly Valley
Butterfly Valley has a visitor capacity of 500 people per day. If you want to stay the night inside the valley, you may rent tents or bungalows. There are also shared bathrooms and showers available. If you’re only staying for a short time it may be a good idea to bring your own snacks and food. While there is a kiosk in the valley that offers the basics, you should be prepared to pay more than elsewhere.