“Mother Nature is a perfectionist,” is perhaps the first thing that comes to mind if you have seen Butterfly Valley and Ölüdeniz (Dead Sea) in Fethiye, Muğla.

Apart from being a major tourist attraction in the summer, Butterfly Valley mesmerizes its visitors with its nature and the butterflies after which it is named.

Spectacular in winter

Although the region is a hot spot in the summer, the winter is also spectacular. With the recent rainfall, the color of Ölüdeniz has turned into a turquoise paradise hidden behind the steep hills under dark clouds.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 01 December 2018
Ölüdeniz under dark skies
Fethiye's Ölüdeniz - a winter paradise
Looking back towards Ölüdeniz under dark skies

Located in the southwestern part of Turkey, winter in Fethiye is not as harsh as it is in other places. With its steep cliffs that stand as high as 350 meters, the region is not only an attraction center for those who are looking for sunny beaches but also for adventure seekers who want to climb high and follow the trails of ancient civilizations. So it is not surprising that despite the cold season, Fethiye, located in the foothills of Babadağ (ancient Mount Cragus) and the trails of Butterfly Valley is one of the more popular places for adventure-loving tourists.

Witness the turquoise color of Ölüdeniz

If you want to witness the turquoise color of Ölüdeniz this time of the year, the best thing you can do is head towards Butterfly Valley. Named after the 80 different butterfly species it shelters, the valley can be reached by boat or can be viewed from above. (Please take care when viewing Butterfly Valley or taking photographs from the cliffs above as it is a sheer drop into the valley.)

Fethiye's Ölüdeniz - a winter paradise
The view on the road to Butterfly Valley
Fethiye's Ölüdeniz - a winter paradise
Butterfly Valley viewed from above

Guests and tourists who come to Butterfly Valley with boats can spend a quiet day on the beach of the valley, which is registered as a protected site. However, since it is winter time and the rain can pour down at any time, it is better to consult with the locals before sailing off.

Source: Daily Sabah