Take a boat to the Butterfly Valley near Ölü Deniz
If you’re looking for something very different to do on your holiday to Dalyan, take a boat trip to Butterfly Valley, Fethiye. One of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of Turkey, your boat trip will follow the Lycian Way; a coastal path that takes in some of the best sights along the way such as Iztuzu Beach, the Lycian Tombs, and the remains of the ancient City of Kaunos.
Trees and waterfalls
The Butterfly Valley Fethiye is a stunning gorge, where time appears to have stood still for thousands of years. You’ll see the scooped-out valley lined with lilac Chaste trees, ridged with rocks, and fed by a glittering, 350-metre-high waterfall. Protected by the Turkish government, the area has remained untroubled by human development and is a truly tranquil place to visit.
A multi-sensory experience
If you’re visiting the Butterfly Valley Fethiye in June, you could be lucky enough to see clouds of beautiful butterflies that have given the valley its name. It’s estimated that there are over 100 species of butterfly that call the valley their home, one of which is the native Jersey Tiger, which lives up to its name with black, orange, and white stripes. June is the month where the young imagoes 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 all the senses.
As the sun goes down
However, there’s more to Butterfly Valley Fethiye than what’s on land. The blue, crystal-clear waters offer excellent conditions for scuba-divers, who want to explore the coastal wrecks and follow shoals of shimmering fish. If you’ve hired a boat for the day, you can watch the sun go down from the stunning beach, lit by the flickering flames of a bonfire.
Butterfly Valley Fethiye is one of Turkey’s most beautiful and lesser-known holiday attractions, and one we think is well worth visiting.