Butterfly Valley Beach
Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi) is within a stone’s throw of the Blue Lagoon at Ölüdeniz and every bit as remarkable. In fact, the only practical way to reach the beach here is by taking a boat from Ölüdeniz. You may have guessed from the name that Butterfly Valley is set at the end of an impressive canyon and is home to a variety of species of butterflies which, at times, gather in great numbers.
Tourism has only just begun to permeate Butterfly Valley with its popularity growing since the early 1990s when it was considered a bit of a ‘hippy haven’. Whilst there is still some of this vibe and things are very much nature oriented there are now a few basic ‘facilities’ here. The beach itself is quite pebbly but this is more a place to explore. As the sign says, Butterfly Valley “welcomes free spirited and adventurous travelers to enjoy this unique paradise”, and there’s plenty to do; the sheltered, clear blue Mediterranean waters are ideal for swimming and snorkelling, whilst the canyon offers some interesting and challenging trekking with a waterfall to reward those who make it to the far end. Most visitors will depart at 5pm on the last boat, but for those who stay on the campsite there are dazzling sunsets and laid back beach BBQs to be enjoyed “in harmony with nature”.
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