It's Friday and it's time for the last Fethiye photo for the month of March. A couple of weeks back, we had a photo of a view of Fethiye marina from the Karagözler but the week before that, we were finally able to include an Ölü Deniz shot into the series. The photo is an almost aerial view of Ölü Deniz from the Lycian Way and is definitely a favourite in our collection.
It also leads us nicely onto today's photo as we are once again wandering the first leg of the Lycian Way and this is another favourite view for us. If the view looks dramatic from this photo, actually seeing it in person...well, consult your wits before you walk to the edge of the cliff to get a photo!
View of Butterfly Valley from the Lycian WaySo, where are we? Well, we're stood atop another of Mediterranean Turkey's most famous and photographed views, the awe-inspiring Butterfly Valley (Kelebek Vadisi). Just to the left of this shot are the terraces of the village of Faralya, a popular first stopover for those tackling the Lycian Way, and to the right is the road that leads back along the coast to Ölü Deniz.
Bizarrely, we have only ever enjoyed Butterfly Valley from above. The Fethiye area of Turkey entered our lives in 1998 and yet, in fourteen years, we have never set foot on the beach or the valley below.
Taxi boats ferry visitors to the valley at regular intervals from Belcekiz Beach in Ölü Deniz and every year, we lie on the beach, watching the boat come and go. Every year, we say, "We really must go to Butterfly Valley one day," and every year, we keep saying it and never actually get round to doing it. There is that slight fear of feeling let down. Have we seen the best of Butterfly Valley by witnessing it from above? There's only one way to find out - let's hope summer 2012 is going to be the year we actually do instead of think.