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Faralya's Butterfly Valley
Last year I missed the boat tour to Butterfly Valley, my hotel in Fethiye that time told me it left already when I woke up late and trying to book it by phone.
Glad I missed it, because it gives me the opportunity to - not only see it - but experience it. I stayed 5 days in the village of Faralya (Uzunyurt) with added side trip to Kabak Koyu.
Butterfly Valley is something that has to be experienced not only to be looked at from a boat. I stayed at George House which is situated exactly on the cliff of the valley overlooking the cove where yachts and tour boats occasionally moor - for a dip on the secluded cove or climbing up the valley.
The village is small, very few houses and probably less than a dozen accommodations which are mostly guesthouses and/or campgrounds.
It has an equally small mosque whose call for prayers can be heard all around the valley. A very small supermarket along the main road. Very quiet place, peaceful and you'll get to experience real local village.
There are several hiking and walking opportunities around faralya that includes of course the famous butterfly valley hike, the lycian way walk, coastal walk, etc.
If you should ever need a restful mountain or valley retreat, Faralya is the place.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Take the dolmush (minibus) either from Fethiye (infront of Carrefour at the main bus terminal), OR, from Oludeniz (the minibus parked waiting for passengers on the side of the beach at the end of Belcegiz Street). These minibuses will take you directly to Faralya.
Note though that during winters there are only 3 trips a day compared to 5 or every hour during summers.
- Hiking and Walking
You can reach to this unforgotable place just by boats which you can find beach of Oludeniz. It takes 20-30 min to reach valley from oludeniz, also you have to walk 30-45 min to first waterfall and you can see variety of butterflies while you are walking ( Especially in April-May, since in July-August there will be no butterfly due to hot climate ). Also be careful about your shoe choice for this trip since there will be a lot of wet/slippery rocks on your road.
A very beautiful beach and valley that can be reached only by boat (there is a boat service from Ölüdeniz three times per day), a place where hundreds of species of butterflies stay from spring to autumn, and great hiking trails in the hills behind, including waterfalls and lots of exuberant Mediterranean vegetation and animals.
There is Robinson holiday resort, where you can camp or stay in straw&wood made mini cabins. There is no water, electricity or any trace of civilization!
But, there is a bar on the rocks, called Rock Bar. :)
A must, must, must see place for backpackers..
Butterfly valley covered with pine trees and surrounded by steep cliffs was declared a natural reserve under protection of first degree. For thousands of years, its only habitants were the butterflies and local fauna. Still now, the valley hosts 136 kinds of butterflies and moths within the fascinating waterfalls..
Now the valley is operated by volunteers, you can have a short daily trip or you can stay in the valley at nite.. I suggest you to stay at least one night at the valley and climb to the waterfall early in the morning. There is no place where you can be with the Butterflies this much. Climbing to the waterfall is dangerous, due to slippery stones, so be careful... I will prepare a much detailed info regarding the valley.. Cause it is still one of my favourite place...
I have put very nice pictures of Butterfly valley from my camera to my Butterfly valley traveloque, have some time to visit there..
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