One of the most visited and popular attractions is The Butterfly Valley In Rhodes. It really is a wonderful place and is a ‘must see’ if you are ever on the island.
I have visited this valley on many occasions and I have loved it every time.
The Valley Of The Butterflies is also known here on the island by its Greek name which is ‘Petaloudes (Koilada ton Petaloudon)’ it is located just under 17 kilometers away from the city of Rhodes and is on the west coast of the island. After the village of Paradisi and heading south, you will see a sign to the left. It is a very easy place to find.
The Butterfly Season
One of the common questions asked by tourists during their visit is ‘are the butterflies in season?’
It is of course a logical question, as this is the reason for wanting to visit the valley in the first place.
Well in answer to this question, the season to see the butterflies is between June and September. Come between these times and you will see the valley completely swarming with beautiful butterflies.
I want to stress something too though, even if you visit Rhodes outside of these months, the butterfly valley is still very much worth seeing.
The beautiful rivers, deep forest, wooden passage ways and waterfalls offer complete tranquility. It is a gorgeous place and I think it should be seen regardless.
The Butterflies In Rhodes
Whilst taking your tour through the valley, you will climb gently over a distance of 6 Kilometers. You make you way over the wooden stairways and corridors provided which run adjacent and cross over the river into the deep forest.
As you make you progress, you will see butterflies in their millions. Most of the time you will see them resting on the trunks of the huge trees.
The butterflies are attracted to this area due to the essence of the Liquidambar Orientalis Trees. These are also known by the name of Oriental Sweetgum Trees and/or The Turkish Sweetgum Trees. They also flood the area in order to take breathing space from the hot temperatures.
The most common type of butterfly you will see in the valley is a breed of the Jersey Tiger Moth. This species of butterfly was originally observed in the Himalayas, but it has also been discovered that they are also found in Australia, Peru and Brazil.
Walking through this amazing place is a beautiful experience. It is the perfect setting and it attracts thousands of visitors each year.
While it is silent, you will see the odd person clap their hands on occasion. This causes the butterflies to take flight, and it really is something to witness. They take to the air and spread their red wings in swarms and you will hear the cameras start to click away to try to get the perfect picture.
You do not need to make a noise though to have a beautiful experience here. The last time I was there, one of the butterflies actually came to me and landed on my hand with its own free will. This moment was captured by my father with his camera. So I have shared it with you here.2
As you near the end of the journey, you will ascend a dirt road which will lead you to the Kalopetra Monastery. This monestary was constructed in 1784 and is a beautiful place to finish the tour of the valley. here you will also found a water fountain where you can take fresh water. Believe me, you will need it after all of the walking 🙂
Quiet Please – Important
I sometimes know (especially with children) it is a natural thing to want to see the butterflies take to the air.
The Tiger Moth Butterflies that gather within the valley though, are actually coming to the end of their life cycle. During this period, they are unable to consume food, so they take shelter and rest on the trees to store their energy levels.
When someone makes a loud noise (the hand clap for example) it causes the butterflies to fly away and this in turn forces them to use this needed energy.
This is something to bear in mind, and actually at the entrance to the valley, there is a sign which kindly asks you not to disturb the butterflies.
The Butterfly Museum.
Even though a lot of people will see the valley as a tourist attraction (which it is), a lot of work also takes place in the way of science.
Scientists frequent the valley too and try to gather data with regard to the natural surroundings and terrain. The museum serves to provide people with information and to protect this beautiful place from harm.
It carries out essential work and ensures the visitors to the valley do not have an adverse effect on the butterflies.
Inside the museum you will find lots of displays and great information on the butterflies and the natural habitat of the valley itself.It is located nearby in an old 1930s’ structure built by the Italians during their occupation of Rhodes.
See The Video And Take A Small Tour Of The Butterfly Valley In Rhodes
Opening Hours and Prices
Seasonal Opening Hours
In May, June and September, The Butterfly Valley is open from 0800 until 1800.
In July and August is opens at 0800 and closes at 1900.
In April and October you can find the valley open from 0800 until 1600.
Between November and March, the butterfly valley is closed.
Seasonal Ticket Prices
In July and August you can enter for a fee of 3 Euros per person.
From May until the end of June and from September until the end of October the price is 5 Euros per person.
In April, entry to the valley of the butterflies is free.
In my opinion, it would be a real shame to visit Rhodes and not see the butterfly valley. It really is a wonderful place, and you will not see anything else that comes close to it.
It is a pleasure to walk into the deep forest and witness nature at its very best. For me it gets a 10 out of 10 score.
If you have any questions or thoughts on this location, feel free to leave me a comment. Maybe you have visited and want to share you experiences too? I would love to hear from all of you.