Butterfly Valley, Fethiye

Butterfly Valley (Turkish: Kelebekler Vadisi) is a valley in Fethiye district, Muğla Province, on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. The valley is home to diverse butterfly species.

Valley

The valley is situated at the foothill of Babadağ, a 1,975-metre-high (6,480 ft) mountain nominated for preservation as world heritage. A wide-strip sand beach at a bay on the Turkish Riviera protrudes from the valley.

In the form of a narrow canyon stretching over around 3–4 km (1.9–2.5 mi), the valley's steep walls are 350–400 m (1,150–1,310 ft) high. A trail in the valley leads to two small waterfalls dropping from 60 m (200 ft) all the year around. In the middle of the valley, a creek runs, carrying water from a spring in nearby Faralya village to the sea. A road from Ölüdeniz to Uzunyurt, which is part of the Lycian Way Ultramarathon route, runs atop the rocks around the valley.

Flora and fauna

The valley, rich in flora and fauna, takes its name from the large number of butterfly species found here. Scientists recorded some 147 flora species belonging to 54 families and 105 butterfly species from 15 families native to the valley. The butterfly species include the Jersey tiger (Euplagia quadripunctaria rhodosensis). Butterflies of many varieties in a wide range of colors can be observed in the valley between June and September.

Ecotourism

Due to its natural beauty, Butterfly Valley is an important ecotourism attraction place in Turkey. It is accessible by shuttle boat service from Belceğiz Beach of Ölüdeniz in 5–7 km (3.1–4.3 mi) distance, operating hourly at daytime. In the valley, various outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, canyoning, canoeing and scuba diving can be performed. The valley is open to public the entire year. During July and August, around 200 visitors camp daily in the valley.

Designated a nature reserve as protected area of first category on February 8, 1995, any type of construction in Butterfly Valley is strictly prohibited by law. Therefore, only temporary structures are allowed here. On an area of 10 daa (10,000 m2), up to 250 people can be accommodated in tents in addition to a few simple wooden bungalows. Central sanitary facilities are for shared use. Electricity is supplied by a generator, available free of charge during certain times of the day. A small country restaurant and a bar provide food and beverages in the summer time.

Controversy

Officials at the valley and campers complained about disturbance by tour sailboats, which frequently stop off at the valley. A music festival, held in May 2013, was sharply criticized by local environmentalists.

See also

  • List of butterflies of Turkey
  • List of moths of Turkey (Noctuidae)

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Nilufer Caliskan
9 September 2015
I loved the place, very little super cute beach in the middle of little mountains, that can be accessed through see only... Nice food at reasonable prices with friendly staff at the little restaurant.
Hanna Avlas
26 March 2017
Amazing location: no way to get here except by the sea on ship. Gorgeous view and a mad sea colour! Get out of the beach, deep into "jungles", and walk up to the mountain waterfall ????
Turkish Travel Blog
20 April 2013
One of the most amazing places you can ever visit. Although the trek to the waterfalls in the canyon does get hard. Catch water taxi from Olu so you are not limited by time
Murat Purç
15 September 2019
Truly amazing place to visit when you're in Fethiye, a unique nature reserve with crystal clear waters, surrounded by rocks. Even though it’s possible to hike down, I recommend to get there by boat.
Yunus Yerli
25 August 2016
Staff was good. It was a great place to be in to relax the minds.breakfast and dinner is free. They dont serve drinks during dinner even water. You have to buy it and it s really expensive on the bar.
Rabia Abay
5 August 2019
At least once in your life must see such a breathtaking place ????????⛰ Hayatınızda hiç değilse bir kere böyle güzellik görülmeli !
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