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Faralya - Turkey Faralya
Faralya was generally referred to as the village on the cliffs of the Butterfly Valley until travellers started to take a closer look at it. The village itself being a unique sight with its houses and gardens cascading towards the cliffs of the Valley.

Faralya is officially a quarter (Turkish: Hisar Mahallesi) of the village of Uzunyurt, which is made up of seperate hamlets. From north to south they are Kozağaç and Kirme on the Lycian Way to Ölüdeniz, Faralya/Hisar, Kızılcakaya, and Kabak. As these hamlets don't have enough population to make them official villages. However, almost nobody but the officials use the name of Hisar and the village is almost always referred to by its ancient name of Faralya by the minibus signs and by travel agencies. And because Faralya is the biggest one of these hamlets, relatively speaking, when anyone talks about Uzunyurt, it's probably a safe assumption they are referring to Faralya.

A narrow, winding paved road connects the village to Ölüdeniz, where it joins the main highway towards Fethiye near the Blue Lagoon. Even though the distance is not that much - it can still take about 30 minutes to drive this road because of the road surface and conditions. From June through August there are boats going three times daily (11:00am/2:00pm/4:00pm) from Ölüdeniz to the Butterfly Valley. They cost about 15 TL per person for the round trip, but keep the ticket you'll be given upon getting on the boat in Ölüdeniz, because you'll be asked for it when getting on the boat that will take you back at the Butterfly Valley.

Hiking from Ovacık which is 2 kilometers north of Ölüdeniz, is also an option via the Lycian Way which passes through the main road of the village. Most hikers can do this 16 kilometer hike in one day, or take two days by camping a night up in the mountains. Hitchhiking on the road between Ölüdeniz and Faralya is rather easy during the summer when there's lots of tourists travelling the road in cars.

The village of Faralya and the Butterfly Valley are connected by a very steep and somewhat dangerous trail, of which some parts require a little bit of mountaineering savvy. One drops from the village elevation of 350 meters down to sea level at the canyon bottom - usually taking around one hour. climbing up is said to be easier than climbing down, but there are some travellers in good condition who can 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 is marked with red dots all along its course.

The trail between the village and the Valley is a rather dangerous path. Two young backpackers died when attempting the route during the last decade. DO NOT take shortcuts and always stay on the route marked with red dots. Attempting a shortcut was the reason for the death of one of the young backpackers. Pay attetion to what you are doing at every step. Attempting this trail with a heavy backpack is basically suicidal, so leave anything you won't need at your accommodation. The path from the beach to the waterfalls within the Valley also requires paying attention to.

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