Butterfly Valley is one of the most attractive places in the surroundings of Fethiye. It was declared as nature reserve in 1995 and is completely closed for construction. Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi in Turkish) is one of the most magical and beautiful bays of Turkey. It is located on the western coast of the Gulf of Belcekız close to Ölüdeniz and you can get there by boat only. There are scheduled boat services to the valley during the high season.
Its romantic name the valley got due to the extraordinarily beautiful tiger butterfly of the «Arctiidae» family. Most of tiger butterflies can be seen in early June. Colonies of these fascinating moths are flitting in a protected valley until late October. Almost all species of butterflies that live on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea can be found in the Butterfly Valley.
In order to fully enjoy the beauty of these moths and take some memorable pictures of beautiful nature reserve you need to go to one of the waterfalls. The numerous trails lead from coast to waterfalls meandering among the impeccably beautiful scenery. By selecting one of them you can get to the second waterfall among the fragrant aromas of herbs and flowers. All along the way you will see a lot of bright butterflies that take off to the air with your appearance forming a living cloud.
There is only one place where you can stay in a bungalow or a tent. But the best way to spend the night at Butterfly Valley is to sleep under the stars.