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About 15 km south of Ölüdeniz (and 30 km south of Fethiye), Faralya was known simply as the "village on the cliffs of the Butterfly Valley" until recently, when travellers start to take a deeper look to the village.
Faralya is officially named Hisar Mahallesi (quarter) of Uzunyurt (a "village" actually made up of 4-5 seperate hamlets as these hamlets don't have enough population to make them officially declared to be villages), though just "Uzunyurt" almost always refer to Faralya. However, almost nobody but the officials use this name and the village is always referred to by its ancient name of Faralya whether it be by the minibus signs or travel agencies.
A narrow and winding, but tarmac (and sectionally potholed) road connects the village to Ölüdeniz, where it joins the main highway towards Fethiye near the Blue Lagoon. Though the distance is not that huge, it takes about 30 minutes to drive this road because of the conditions.
During high season (June-August) there are boats three times a day (11AM/2PM/4PM) from Ölüdeniz to the Butterfly Valley. They cost 15 TL pp return. Keep the ticket you'll be given upon getting on the boat in Ölüdeniz, it'll be asked for when getting on the boat that will take you back at the Butterfly Valley.
Hiking from Ovacık, 2 km north of Ölüdeniz, is also an option thanks to the Lycian Way. Most hikers do this 16-km section in one day, however two days combined with camping a night up in the mountains is much more comfortable, especially in summer.
Hitchhiking the road between Ölüdeniz and Faralya is super-easy, at least in summer when there are lots of holiday-makers travelling with their cars.
The village and the Butterfly Valley are connected by a very steep and somewhat dangerous path, some sections of which require a little bit of mountaneering skills. It usually takes around 45 minutes to one hour to do the entire path —climbing up of which is unusually said to be easier than climbing down— but there are some fit travellers who are reported to do it in a little more than 20 minutes. The path starts from in front of the guesthouse George House up in the village and marked with red dots all along it.
Inside the Butterfly Valley, you have two options to overnight, the bungalows or camping in a tent, both of which are rented by the same establishment. While you don't have to carry your tent, the tents offered by the establishment there fills out quickly in high season, so you may have to bring your own...although this won't make any difference at the fee you'll be paying. During the high season (June-Sept), staying in a bungalow costs 45 TL/night pp, while overnighting in a tent costs 35 TL/night pp. The prices gradually fall towards winter, with the lowest being 22 TL/night pp between November and March. All prices are half-board, i.e. include breakfast and dinner.
If you choose to stay up in the village itself, you have a number of guesthouses and hotels to choose from:
If you are short on cash, you can also wild camp safely around the village, even near the cliffs of the Butterfly Valley - the focus of the attention around there, given that you have camping gear. Just be discreet -away from the sight of houses and the road, there are many bushes there that can hide you, and erect your tent at about the night starts to fall.
The path between the village and the Valley is a dangerous one, with two young backpackers having died when attempting the route in the last decade. Never ever take shortcuts and always stick to the route marked with red dots - taking a shortcut was the reason of death of one of the backpackers. Make sure you know what you are doing at every step - no dreams about taking a seabath on that azure coast! Attempting the route with a heavy backpack is almost suicidal so leave anything you won't need at which side (up or down) you're staying at. The path from beach to the waterfalls inside the Valley also requires some attention.
Faralya's telephone code is (+90) 252.