Butterfly Valley

Beach at Butterfly Valley in the day, boats moored upWhile on your holiday in Kalkan Turkey, visit Butterfly Valley near Fethiye, a hidden gem of Turkey's Turquoise Coast. Deep, steep and accessible only by boat or via the Lycian Way walking trail (though this can be dangerous, so only do if you're experienced in rough terrain), a protected site because millions of butterflies - over 30 daytime species including the Jersey Tiger Moth and 40 nocturnal species - come here to breed between June and September.

Beautiful amber butterfly of Turkey, in sunlightConstruction is prohibited, so come by boat, bring a tent and camp overnight or stay in one of the renowned tree-houses provided, to appreciate this natural phenomena for yourself. In addition to the clouds of butterflies fluttering by, there are also two small waterfalls to discover, providing a refreshingly cool shower after a hike through the secret valley.

Boats leave daily from Belcekiz beach in Oludeniz and the turquoise water of the little bay means swimming here is also delightful. There is a small restaurant in the valley where you can have lunch if you choose. Oludeniz is 83km from Kalkan; you would then catch a boat to get to Butterfly Valley.


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