Close to nature in and around fabulous Fethiye
Fethiye, situated on Turkey’s south western Turquoise Coast, is best known for its harbour, clear blue waters and world-famous beach at Oludeniz, sheltered by a vast lagoon.
The port town boasts a wealth of attractions for any type of traveler; a quaint, historic old town, Lycian rock tombs, white sandy beaches, bustling markets and tasty local cuisine to name only a few.
For the nature lover, however, a multitude of natural wonders will make repeat visits a must. To get you started, here are our top five tips for nature lovers making a visit to this beautiful country.
1. Saklıkent Canyon
Saklıkent Canyon, situated in Saklıkent National Park, is one of the deepest, most impressive canyons on the planet. As the level of water rises in winter, visitors can only enter the canyon in the summer when most of the snow in the Taurus mountains has melted. Even as Turkish temperatures reach their heights, the canyon provides refreshing cool air and cold water to revive the hot and bothered traveler.
2. Butterfly Valley
Butterfly Valley is one of the most magically beautiful bays in Turkey and is accessible only by boat. The area earned its charming name as it’s home to the extraordinary beautiful Tiger Butterfly. Discover this species, along with a multitude of others, by taking a stroll along one of the valley’s fragrant herb and flower lined trails. The valley also boasts several crystal blue waterfalls, along with the un-spoilt white sands of Butterfly Beach.
3. Toparlar Waterfall
Cool off alongside the locals, who come to refresh under the cascading, ice-cold falls at Toparlar near Köyceğiz, about an hour’s drive from Fethiye, before taking a swim in its natural rock pools and pretty mountain lake. To further explore the area, numerous affordably priced tours and Jeep Safaris are available, allowing visitors the opportunity to be guided around a spectacular canyon with vast, towering cliffs.
Famed for its natural beauty, Oludeniz (see headline photo) has become one of Turkey’s most acclaimed resorts. The dazzling blue lagoon at Oludeniz is set against pine-clad hills and ringed by a pretty sand and shingle beach. Daily boat trips to a number of surrounding islands are widely available and, in summer, the sky is filled with paragliders who soar from the top of nearby mountains.
5. The Lycian Way
The Lycian Way is a challenging walk through the ruins of history and some of Turkey’s most beautifil scenery. Beginning at Fethiye and coming to a close at Antalya, this clearly marked route takes in rocky coastline, deserted beaches, pine forests, mountain peaks and ancient ruins.
So if you’re looking to explore nature at its finest, seek out Fethiye. The beauty is simply inspiring.
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