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Butterfly Valley From The Lycian Way – A Photo

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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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Turkey's For Life

Sunday 15th of July 2012

@ 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?

Gemma de Gouveia

Saturday 14th of July 2012

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 :)

Turkey's For Life

Thursday 5th of April 2012

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

goody

Monday 2nd of April 2012

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!!

Turkey's For Life

Saturday 31st of March 2012

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

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