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Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi)
Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi)

Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi)

Kelebekler Vadisi

The Basics

For the best views of Butterfly Valley, take a boat cruise; tours typically depart from nearby Ölüdeniz. To truly immerse yourself in the natural setting, follow the hiking trail to a 60-foot (18-meter) waterfall and then head back to the beach to swim and snorkel. Along the way, admire the myriad butterflies fluttering through the air and keep a look out for rare species such as the rare Jersey Tiger butterfly.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • 105 different butterfly species have been spotted in the gorge, which makes Butterfly Valley a must-visit place for nature lovers.

  • There’s little shade in the valley, so bring sunscreen and a hat, and don’t forget your swimsuit. Waterproof shoes are recommended for hiking through the valley, as you’ll pass over small streams.

  • There’s a café and gift shop on the beach, where you can buy drinks, snacks, and souvenirs.

  • Access to the valley might be tricky for wheelchair users—it’s best to seek the advice of your tour provider.

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How to Get There

Butterfly Valley is located 14 miles (23 kilometers) south of Fethiye and can only be accessed by boat. Most travelers arrive as part of a half- or full-day boat cruise, or else water taxis can be hired from the port in Ölüdeniz.

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When to Get There

Though it’s possible to visit the valley year-round, the best time to admire the moths and butterflies is during the summer, from June through October.

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Exploring the Sights Surrounding Butterfly Valley

Butterfly Valley is surrounded by an eclectic mix of attractions. Stop to explore the ghost village of Kayaköy, a former Greek Christian village abandoned during the early-20th-century or admire the Blue Lagoon in Oludeniz, a natural wonder ringed by white sands and set against a backdrop of Mount Babadag. Cruises to Butterfly Valley often include stops to swim and snorkel along the Mediterranean coast or a visit to Gemiler Island (St. Nicholas Island), dotted with ancient Byzantine ruins.

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