Location

This unique part of western Mediterranean shore Faralya is located to the south of Fethiye and south-west of Babadağ. It is a village (now a district of city of Fethiye) consisting of several houses in red pine forests overlooking the deep blue waters. Faralya has four districts: Kıdrak, Hisar Mahallesi, Orta Mahalle and Kabak Mahallesi. Official name of Faralya village was changed and renamed as Uzunyurt for a while, and then the old name has been restored. ‘Faralya’ is used predominantly by the locals and visitors.

One of the most beautiful canyons within its area, in addition to the spectacular nature, there are several unique remains of Roman and Lycian periods. Footprints of the Lycian Way, one of the longest and most beautiful hiking trails in the world, are still in Faralya. This walk starting from Fethiye Kayaköy continues to Ovacık (Ölüdeniz), Faralya and ends in Geyikbayırı, Antalya. For those who want to get out of the big holiday destinations, and set their soul in peace, Faralya will be the ideal route. Also, Faralya has a completely different place in camping with sea, forest and mountain views. One of the most beautiful canyons in the world Butterfly Valley and Kabak Bay are down the path from Faralya.

Faralya region also has a rare geological structure. Due to its high rocks, surrounding rivers and the sea, migration of plant and animal species to other regions is prevented, and endemic species has evolved throughout the region due to isolation. The waterfalls formed by the springs that emerge in the 300-meter-high elevation create a suitable environment for plant species to grow on the rock steps at lower levels. In this area there are large numbers of individual and steep slopes of various rare plant and animal species. Tiger butterflies (Jersey Tiger) of Butterfly Valley are a significant attraction for the visitors in Faralya.

The region around Faralya and Fethiye has witnessed a history hosting several influential Empires in its territory including Greeks, Lycians, Romans, and Ottomans before the Turkish Republic. Today, it is possible to come across ancient monuments from all these civilizations all around the region but most remarkable ones are those from the Lycian period and Faralya is no exception, which may be why it is famously known as the starting point of the Lycian Way.

Mediterranean climate dominates the region. Typically the summers are hot and dry, the winters are warm and rainy. The warmest month average is around 28 °C, the coldest month average is around 8 °C. The average annual temperature is 18 ° C which makes the area one of the mildest regions compared to other regions in Turkey. Snow and frost are hardly ever witnessed. The maximum rainfall is in the winter months, summers having the fewest drops of rain. During the hot summer, in Faralya, there is usually a nice breeze unlike many other Mediterranean coastlines. In the winter you may expect strong wind but is often short lived.