• Fethiye and Oludeniz

    Fethiye is 295km (183 miles) southwest of Antalya; 170km (105 miles) southeast of Marmaris; 290km (180 miles) southeast of Pamukkale; 15km (9 1/3 miles) north of Ölüdeniz.

    Fethiye is much more than just the Blue Lagoon, that spectacularly turquoise poster child of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Fethiye is rocky cliffs, pine-clad mountain ranges, and offshore islets that speak of ancient civilizations. It’s the quiet serenity of a sunset over the ghost village of Kayak√∂y. And it’s the blissful solitude of a swim in one of the innumerable, unspoiled, crystalline coves, many inaccessible by land.

    Spend your holidays in Turkey and enjoy a fantastic time in Fethiye. Fethiye is much more than just the Blue Lagoon, that spectacularly turquoise poster child of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Fethiye is rocky cliffs, pine-clad mountain ranges, and offshore islets that speak of ancient civilizations. It’s the quiet serenity of a sunset over the ghost village of Kayak√جø¬Ωy. And it’s the blissful solitude of a swim in one of the innumerable, unspoiled, crystalline coves many inaccessible by land.

    The combination is winning: The ample natural environment inspires physical activity as much as the sun-kissed coastline encourages sloth.

    Scuba diving, paragliding off a mountain peak, hiking ancient mountain paths, or wading slowly through an ice-cold gorge are just a few of the activities possible in and around Fethiye.
    As a starting point for a Blue Voyage, Fethiye is unbeatable, offering several options for day, weekend, or weeklong charters. And of course, there’s the Blue Lagoon of √ñl√ºdeniz, one of the most astonishing natural beauties in all of Turkey.

    Active Pursuits

    Exploring Butterfly Valley

    A nature lover’s paradise is located in Butterfly Valley, an untouched beachfront parcel named for the rare Tiger Butterfly which breaks from its cocoon in April and May and turns the skies bright red.

    The colorful creatures are drawn to the smell of mint, jasmine, laurel, eucalyptus, and thyme emanating from the rich vegetation. A 45-minute hike away from the beach leads to a refreshing waterfall.

    Taxi boats leave from √ñl√ºdeniz three times a day in both directions (about 16YTL/$12 round-trip) — an alternative for the adventurous and well-shod hiker is to follow the steep and rocky slope down from the upper rim of the valley, following the footpath from in front of “George House,” on the road to Faralya/Kabak (gauge about 30 min.).

    For those who miss the last boat out, the platform huts and tents of the on-site Butterfly Valley “pension” (tel. +90 522 818-8570) are your only alternatives.

    One night with all meals is around 30YTL/$24, and the basic snack bar offers the usual sparse selection of cold drinks, meatballs, and tea.

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