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Discover Butterfly Valley with Arkadaslik Yachting

Butterfly Valley is popular with those who want to reconnect with life

We enjoy introducing our guests to some of the most beautiful sites in the Mediterranean. With rich cultural and historic significance, intertwined with mythology and local lore, these sites provide visitors with vacation memories to last a lifetime!


About Butterfly Valley

Butterfly Valley, or Kelebekler Vadisi as it is known in Turkish, is a 4 km long, narrow valley located at the foot of Babadağ Mountain overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It is located about 30km south of Fethiye and 15km south of the bustling resort town of Ölüdeniz. The valley received its current name in recognition of the nearly 100 species of butterflies, including the black, orange and white Jersey Tiger native to the area, that can be spotted in the valley between June and September.

“Discovered" by hippies in the early 1990s, the isolated Valley of the Butterflies appeals to backpackers, hikers and naturalists. It was designated as a nature preserve in 1995, so construction in the valley is not allowed, although there are a few temporary structures including a makeshift bar and restaurant which provide sustenance to the valley’s many visitors throughout the summer months, and several “bungalows" (small wooden huts) that are available for overnight rental. There is no electricity or telephone service in the valley.

Butterfly Valley's unofficial slogan - "Living in harmony with nature"


The famed Lycian Way runs along the crest of the valley, providing hikers a spectacular view of the Mediterranean-facing canyon from a height of 300 to 400 meters above sea level. The valley bottom is only accessible by foot or by boat. Fit and adventurous climbers can attempt the steep trail linking the village of Faralya to the sea, but most people travel to Butterfly Valley by boat – either on a Blue Cruise holiday or on a water shuttle from nearby Ölüdeniz.

Weather-permitting, gulets travelling the long stretch of open water between Kalkan and Gemiler Island stop at the mouth of Butterfly Valley for breakfast. (The valley’s eastern exposure makes it an unsafe anchorage in windy weather.) Guests can swim in the small bay, climb the steep cliffs overlooking the sea, or hike the trail into the gorge to visit two small waterfalls carrying water from the nearby hillside village of Faralya to the sea. Later in the day, day trip boats from Ölüdeniz arrive at the entrance to the canyon, disgorging passengers and transforming the quiet pebbled beach into a party zone for the afternoon. As the day winds up and visiting boats depart with their passengers, the valley once again becomes a peaceful oasis for those who choose to camp under the stars.

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Butterfly Valley Slideshow

Sign welcoming visitors to Butterfly Valley

Welcome to Butterfly Valley, Turkey

Welcome to the Valley of the Butterflies - Living in Harmony with Nature.

One of the valley's small waterfalls which carries water from the village of Faralya to the Mediterranean Sea

Waterfalls Deep in the Canyon

One of the valley's small waterfalls which carries water from the village of Faralya to the Mediterranean Sea.

The valley's current name reflects the abundance of butterfly species which call it home

The Valley of the Butterflies

The valley's current name reflects the abundance of butterfly species which call it home.

Three hundred meter tall sheer rock cliffs line the sides of the valley

Rugged Cliffs

Three hundred (300) meter tall sheer rock cliffs line the sides of the valley. The hike between the cliff-tops and the valley floor is challenging and should only be attempted by experienced hikers.

Gulets on many Blue Cruise routes often stop at Butterfly Valley to offer their guests breakfast and the opportunity to swim or hike

The Sun Rises as we Approach to Kelebekler Vadisi

Gulets on many Blue Cruise routes often stop at Butterfly Valley as they pass from Kalkan to Gemiler Island to offer their guests breakfast and the opportunity to swim or hike.

Backpackers, hikers and naturalists enjoy the flora and fauna found in Butterfly Valley

Designated Nature Preserve

Backpackers, hikers and naturalists enjoy the flora and fauna found in Butterfly Valley.

Wildflowers abound in the canyon, attracting and feeding the butterflies for which the valley is named

Brightly Coloured Wildflowers

Wildflowers abound in the canyon, attracting and feeding the butterflies for which the valley is named.

Many species of butterfly visit the valley as part of their annual migration, while others live there year-round

Butterflies Abound

Many species of butterfly visit the valley as part of their annual migration, while others live there year-round.

Not quite as big or spectacular as Niagara Falls, the waterfalls in Butterfly Valley still draw a fair number of visitors each year

The Waterfalls in the Valley

Not quite as big or spectacular as Niagara Falls, the waterfalls in Butterfly Valley still draw a fair number of visitors each year.

The mountains rise from the Sea as we approach Butterfly Valley in the early morning light

Approaching Butterfly Valley

The mountains rise from the Sea as we approach Butterfly Valley in the early morning light.


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