This protected oasis offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience to marvel at the splendor of more than 100 species of butterflies nestled within majestic scenery and can be spotted between June and September. Butterly Valley can only be reached by water along the 500km long Lycian Way, yacht charter guests should take full advantage of being one of the select few to be able to witness this incredible presence.
Situated a mere 5km north of the sapphire brilliance of Oludeniz (Blue Lagoon) the world-famous beach that's undeniably a Turkey highlight, we highly recommend cruising from one to the other, lapping beauty over beauty.
However, Butterfly Valley is certainly more serene than its bigger sister — this is where one goes for unbridled escapism, not champagne-spraying decadence. Initially discovered by accident by a group of backpackers meandering in the area in the 1990s, it still remains unblemished.
As a recognized nature reserve (since 1995) most construction is prohibited in the area: save for a makeshift bar, restaurant and a few wooden huts on its sand and pebble crescent. No electricity or wifi connection can be found here — and it's utter bliss.
For keen hikers, Butterfly Valley offers one of the most majestic trails in the region. Jump off-board and onto its fine pebble shore to climb its soaring, milky white cliffs, and be richly rewarded with awe-inspiring vistas of the deep gorge and myriad waterfalls.
Whilst certainly quieter than Blue Lagoon, it's recommended to visit the Valley either early in the morning or late in the afternoon for complete solitude — and to have the best possible chance of seeing the butterflies. Too much noise can drive the butterflies deep into the valley.