Butterfly Valley From The Lycian Way – A Photo

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 Ölüdeniz shot into the series. The photo is an almost aerial view of Ölüdeniz 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 from Ovacık to Faralya 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!

Butterfly Valley Fethiye, Turkey

Butterfly Valley viewed from above

So, 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 Ölüdeniz.

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 Ölüdeniz 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…

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  1. Quite brave walking to the edge of the cliff for the photo. Beautiful scene. Hope you get to the beach in 2012!

  2. Wow what a blue!!! It looks gorgeous, Julia! Have you really been there 14 years??

  3. @ Cathy Sweeney: I knew I had to do it to get the photo I wanted but even now when I look at the photo, I remember being a bit ‘dizzy’ when I hovered around the edge.

    @ A Seasonal Cook in Turkey: Amazing isn’t it?! 🙂 No, we’ve been here for 9 years living but we were coming on holiday from 1998.

  4. Stunning!
    Where are all the butterflies in the valley? 😉

  5. @ London Caller: Beautiful isn’t it. Apparently, it was called Butterfly Valley because of the butterflies. Not a lot of those around now though. Just a few types of tourist instead. 🙂

  6. What a gorgeous photo and the scene is amazing……wow has it been 14 years that you live there?
    I still have yet to visit out your way, but for some reason we just gravitate between Istanbul and Izmir.
    …..thanks for sharing one of your beautiful photo’s.

  7. @ Erica (Irene): Thank you. Amazing scenery isn’t it. We’ve never gravitated towards Izmir yet actually. Must do that soon. 🙂

  8. It makes me want to jump up from the cliff and start flying!! :)II know it’s not a good idea…unfortunately I’m not a butterfly!!

  9. @ Goody: Errm, no it’s perhaps not wise if you’re not a butterfly! 🙂 Makes me want to walk backwards to more safety.

  10. Gemma de Gouveia says

    View it from above and afar. It looks wow in this photo. Unfortunately in reality it’s overcrowded and full of boat loads of tourists and we were just so upset when we got of the boat, people littering the beach, music blaring etc. We ended up getting back on the boat and admired the bigger picture 🙂 Maybe we had a bad experience but we were pretty horrified as we were so excited about seeing it! I think you had the best view 🙂

  11. @ Gemma de Gouveia: To be honest, most beaches look far better from above in our opinion. 🙂 This photo of Butterfly Valley was taken out of season, too. We’ve heard there are new ‘owners’ there this year. When was it that you went?

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