Valley of the Butterflies


The Valley of Butterflies (in Greek ‘’Petaloudes’’) is a natural reserve in the northern part of the island. It is as idyllic as it sounds, and it is worth a visit. It has been one of the most famous attractions on the island for decades. This earthly habitat offers an enchanting landscape, dense vegetation, stunning wooden bridges, cobblestone paths, small ponds, never-ending waterfalls, peaceful atmosphere, and an overall extraordinary experience for its visitors.

This is a unique place as there is a natural forest of Liquidambar Orientalis trees(Oriental Sweetgum) or ‘’Zitia’’ in Greek, which makes it one of the only biotopes hosting these trees in Europe. It is here where you will have the chance to meet the lovely butterfly species named Panaxia Quadripunctaria!

 

A dreamy trail for everyone


This enchanting location, with its peaceful sounds, offers you the opportunity to wander through the blossoming forest and listen to the chirping of the cicadas and birds or the splash of the flowing waters on rocks as well as the humming of the entire habitat. It attracts a lot of visitors, but the area is vast and everyone is mostly quiet, so as not to disturb the butterflies from their sleep-rest. So, enjoy the splendid landscape with your loved ones, connect with the earthly elements and envisage this walk as meditation, free from all your worries.

The trees here are centuries old as is the Pelekanos river which flows through the valley and even creates some springs and waterfalls. Along the length of the bank, the Zitia trees provide shade to its visitors as well as the perfect camouflage for the butterflies. It is said that the aromatic resin that the Zitia trees emit is what attracts the butterflies to this biotope every year. Let this place create a sense of awe and peace within you!

 

Ticket prices:

27/06 – 30/09: Adults 5€
and Free for children under the age of 12

01/10 – 31/05: Adults 3€
and Free for children under the age of 12

For school trip offers and discounts please contact the Valley at:
(+30)22410 82822

Q How do I get to the Valley of the Butterflies?

The valley is located approximately 25 km southwest of Rhodes Town. Visitors can reach the valley by car, bus, or taxi. There are also organized tours available for those who prefer a guided transportation option.
You can book your private transfer or private tour here: https://rhodes-transfer.com/contact-us/
or call us: +306970062232

Q When is the best time to visit the Valley of the Butterflies?

The best time to visit is from late May to early September when the butterfly population is at its peak. During this period, the valley is filled with the colorful and vibrant Jersey Tiger Moths.

Q What types of butterflies can be found in the valley?

The valley is primarily inhabited by the Jersey Tiger Moth (Euplagia quadripunctaria rhodosensis), a species native to Rhodes. These distinctive butterflies are attracted to the storax trees that grow in the valley.

Q Is the Valley of the Butterflies suitable for all ages?

The valley is generally suitable for all ages, but it involves walking on uneven paths and steps. Visitors with mobility issues should consider the terrain. The experience is both educational and enjoyable for families, nature enthusiasts, and photographers.

Q Are there facilities available in the valley, such as restrooms and cafes?

Yes, there are facilities, including restrooms and a cafeteria, where visitors can take a break and enjoy refreshments while surrounded by the natural beauty of the valley.

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