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
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