Butterfly Valley

This interesting canyon, surrounded by 350 m. high mountains 3-4 miles away from Ölüdeniz ( Blue Lagoon), took its name from the butterflies called Jersey Tiger seen between the months of July and September. You can reach the valley by boat from Ölüdeniz and once there you will find a camping area with tents, restaurant, bar, showers, exchange etc. Its the perfect getaway from it all, with a beautiful pebble beach, clear water and no large hotel development to spoil the beauty of the area. It is a popular place for backpackers and nature lovers alike. A walk to the back of the valley takes you to a waterfall and many wildflowers can be seen along the way.

The Valley of Butterflies is one the most beautiful bays of Fethiye. Located on a flat level of ten hectares at the foot of a sleepy and deep valley. Like an open-air museum, exhibiting all species of butterflies living at sea level around the Mediterranean, one can follow the life span of 30 different daytime butterflies as well as 40 night-flying moths, for nine to ten months of the year, starting with in spring. The Valley of Butterflies may be reached by service boats from Olüdeniz.

There is no overnight accommodation in the valley since construction is not permitted, but it is possible to stay in tents or in wooden sheds covered with shrubs and leaves. After enjoying a swim in the turquoise waters of the tiny cove, a surprise awaits those taking a walk among the rich flora. Two small waterfalls are at the end of steep and high cliffs. In recent years, this region has been included in the trekking route along the Lycian road. A small restaurant in the valley provides food and beverage.

The fauna in the Valley of Butterflies at Fethiye is similar to that in Rhodes. It is a great pleasure to watch the Jersey tiger Butterflies, which are of special interest for lovers of nature, as well as for researchers of flora and fauna, in this paradise right along the turquoise coloured sea wafer.

A project is under way to protect the site and present this beauty to researchers and tourists in better conditions. With the establishment of a butterfly museum as well as a research institute, laying the foundations of echo-tourism, the Valley of Butterflies hopefully will be an immortal natural santuary.

Butterfly valley

Butterfly valley near Fethiye

Butterfly valley in spring