Nature's Haven
Türkiye's strategic location at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, coupled with its rich history spanning over 6,500 years and the influence of thirteen different civilizations, has positioned it as one of the top ten tourist destinations in the world.
Its geographical advantage of being surrounded by sea on three sides further enhances its allure.
Additionally, Türkiye has gained recognition in the field of medical tourism, ranking third in the International Medical Tourism Journal (IMTJ), and has emerged as a rising star in the global healthcare industry.
Every corner of Türkiye boasts magnificent landscapes and breathtaking sights. Starting from Istanbul in the northwest, visitors can explore its vibrant culture and historical landmarks. Moving towards the southwest, the Aegean Sea and the ancient city of Ephesus captivate with their beauty and archaeological significance.
The azure Mediterranean Sea in the south offers pristine beaches and coastal attractions. In the central region, visitors can marvel at the unique natural wonders of the Cotton Castle and Cappadocia. Finally, the eastern part of Türkiye boasts the majestic Human Head Mountains and the city of Van, both of which exude an air of mystery and charm.
There truly is a hidden beauty waiting to be discovered in every corner of this captivating country.
Nestled near a quaint village called Faraya on the picturesque Mediterranean coast, lies a wide valley formed by two majestic rocks, overlooking a pebble beach. The locals refer to this mesmerizing place as Butterfly Valley, owing to the abundance of butterflies that breed there during specific times of the year.
For many years, this valley remained untouched, preserving its natural splendor. However, in 1981, recognizing the opportunity to capitalize on its beauty, the Anatolian Tourism Development Cooperative reached an agreement with the village residents to open the valley to tourism.
After a few years, the cooperative finally opened Butterfly Valley to the world, attracting a multitude of hippie backpackers seeking an escape from the fast-paced urban life. These visitors embrace the bohemian vibe and relish the secluded atmosphere that allows them to connect with nature and unwind away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
However, two years later, the Turkish government grew concerned about the rapid development in the area and decided to declare Butterfly Valley a protected zone, making it illegal to construct any structures. This wise move aimed to safeguard the valley's dramatic landscape, ensuring that it remained untouched.
By implementing this protective measure, the government preserved the natural habitat, allowing the butterflies to continue their peaceful breeding grounds undisturbed.
Access to Butterfly Valley is limited to foot or water cab from the beach at Orundeniz in Fethiye. This restriction ensures that the valley remains secluded and shields visitors from the overwhelming summer crowds.
As you explore the valley, you will witness the enchanting sight of butterflies swarming around the waterfalls cascading down the canyon walls. The lush green vegetation stretches all the way to the coastline, enhancing the valley's exotic and pristine ambiance.
For hiking enthusiasts, Butterfly Valley offers a paradise of trails that lead to a series of mesmerizing waterfalls and provide stunning panoramic views of the valley. The hike to the base of the falls is relatively short, yet challenging, as you navigate through tall bushes with butterflies gracefully fluttering around you.