Butterfly Valley Near Olu Deniz

The breath-taking Butterfly Valley in Turkey’s stunning Fethiye is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of the country. You’ll find this nature reserve around 8km from Ölü Deniz, and it’s only accessible by boat. It’s well worth the trip though, and is an unusual must-do on any holiday to Turkey. It runs right along the Lycian Way, a coastal path that gives you a glimpse of all kinds of incredible sights, like Iztuzu Beach, the Lycian Tombs, and the remains of the ancient City of Kaunos.

Trees and waterfalls galore

The Butterfly Valley in Turkey is a spectacular landscape where time seems to have stood still for thousands of years. You can see the scooped-out valley lined with lilac chaste trees, ridged with rocks, and fed by a glittering, 350-metre-high waterfall that tumbles down to the bottom of the gorge. Protected by the Turkish government, the area has remained untouched by human development and is a truly tranquil place to visit.

A feast for the eyes (and the nose)

If you’re visiting the Butterfly Valley in Turkey during June, you could be lucky enough to see the huge clouds of beautiful butterflies that have given the valley its name. It’s estimated that there are over 100 species of butterfly in the valley, creating a magical wonderland that’s full of colour. One of the species that lives here is the native Jersey Tiger, which has black, orange, and white stripes. June is the month where the young hatch and begin mating, ready to start the life cycle all over again. The chaste trees are at their most perfumed at this time of year, making the whole experience an absolute delight for the senses.

A truly remote beach

Butterfly Valley has its very own secluded bay, with pure white sand, where you can really get away from it all. Bag yourself a spot on the picturesque shoreline, soak up the sunshine and admire your amazing surroundings. Relax as you listen to the waves lapping on the shores and when you’re ready to cool off, take a dip in the dazzling waters; they’re practically impossible to resist. This could just be one of the most perfect beaches in Turkey.

 As the sun goes down

There’s even more to the Butterfly Valley in Turkey than pretty bugs and lush, green plants. The blue, crystal-clear waters provide the perfect conditions for scuba divers and if you’re up for it, this is your chance to explore the coastal wrecks and follow shoals of shimmering fish. You can also hire a boat for the day and watch the sun go down from the stunning beach, lit by the flickering flames of a bonfire.

How to get there

To reach the Butterfly Valley in Turkey, you can hop aboard the official ferry. You don’t need to book tickets in advance; just show up and buy tickets once you get on the boat. It’s possible to hike there, but the route is dangerous, and it’s not recommended for inexperienced climbers. Butterfly Valley is one of the country’s most beautiful and lesser-known holiday attractions, and one we think is well worth visiting.