Valley of the Butterflies
Valley of the Butterflies
3.5
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Also known as Petaloudes Valley, this unusual nature park in northern Rhodes is known for the swarms of multi-colored butterflies between June and September. These creatures lay their eggs at the end of the wet season and are usually found clinging to the many Zitia or Oriental Sweetgum trees. This green valley is nice for an easy nature walk and has a small Natural History Museum worth checking out, too. The valley is a short drive from Theologos Village and is a popular stop on tours exploring the best of Rhodes. These tours usually cover admission and children under a certain age can enter for free. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Claire B
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We’ll organised and friendly
    We went with Gunta from Manos and it was a really well organised trip! Our guide was very friendly helpful and enthusiastic! Told us lots of practical information and you got to see so much during the journey between the places. The butterfly valley was beautiful however there was a lot of noisy/ disruptive people which disturbed the butterflies. Seven springs had free and clean toilets and was very pretty but not tones there! Overall, really enjoyed it as the guides and driver were friendly and the trip was well organised and great for seeing different places you wouldn’t necessarily see if you stuck to touristy areas!!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Brianngog
    Cyprus10,599 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Nature Trail
    We paid a visit to Butterfly Valley by Public Bus and a terrific experience was enjoyed. The walk itself is excellent with wooden fences and steps created to help guide you through the Valley. Great to see so many Butterflies in their natural habitat and environment without any restrictions. Stacks of Photo opportunities along the way and a very very welcome Cafe at the top of the Trail. Mind you this Attraction is 100% not for those with any form of Disability that affects walking and in my view very young children need to be carefully supervised as some parts are uneven and steep.Entrance Fee is €5.00 per person and great value. Well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Ruthyg68
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nature valley
    Lovely scenic nature stroll. That's the lower part of the valley. For the adventurous, in the morning when heat isn't too intense move to the 2nd, higher part for the hike and go all the way to the monestary.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 July 2023
  • S N
    29 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Nature, not a lot of butterflies
    In the valley you can mostly enjoy the nature. There is only one kind of butterfly and they are mostly on the trees (camouflaged), don’t expect a lot of butterflies flying around u. The second part of the valley is a hike with a lot of stairs, I don’t recommend doing it when it is warm. There is a bit of shade but it doesn’t really cool u off. I was a bit disappointed by the butterflies, since it’s called butterfly valley. If u want to enjoy the butterflies I won’t recommend it, but the nature is beautiful to see. Entry was €5.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Emily H
    York, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    Absolutely incredible experience, there were loads of butterflies flying everywhere. We arrived at 9am mid July and the place wasn't too busy and there were plenty of butterflies. It is only 5€ and you can pay in card although the toilet is 50cent and no change is given so be sure to bring some change.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Maddie
    Southampton, United Kingdom9 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely butterflies. A short activity to fill some time
    The butterflies are beautiful and it’s a short walk along a path shaded by trees, so it’s ok for young children. It was a long drive for quite a short activity though. Nearly an hour away from Kalathos down some really windy roads so not ideal if you have kids that get travel sick. Children under 12 go free and adults are only €5 so it’s not expensive but depending on where you’re based you’ll need to decide if it’s worth the drive.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Sébastien D
    Seine-et-Marne, France614 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Forest Walk
    To do if you like the nature and the butterflies of course but nothing else than a nice walk. Manu butterflies but the sale species, it depends on the period you visit it We saw some. Y many just sleep in the trees or rock It is a 15mn walk maximum si don't expect a lot and you will enjoy it 👍
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 July 2023
  • MrsHodor
    Peterborough, United Kingdom326 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way to see nature
    This review takes a lot of justification, so bear with me while I explain. I'll try to be as concise as I can. The entertainment: The valley of the butterflies is a special nature reserve where a specific kind of moth/butterfly comes to rest. That's it. If you don't like the idea of quietly observing nature doing its thing without human interaction, then, and I really cannot emphasise this enough, THIS IS NOT FOR YOU. Don't give it a poor rating as I have seen others do because you didn't get to touch the butterflies, or you were annoyed it was only one particular species. This is it. This is what happens here naturally. Personally, reading ahead and knowing what to expect in advance, I thought it was very well put together. The handrails kept the children and idiot tourists who don't read instructions or rules away from the butterflies so they could rest in peace, the information leaflet told me a few essentials about what was going on and their website gave me everything else I needed to know. Liquid amber, if you're interested. That's what the trees produce that make this valley so attractive. The walk: The valley is a long ish walk. We walked slowly, looking at the butterflies from bottom to the monastery at the very top. It took about an hour walking slowly, a ten minute stop here or there to rest (it was very warm) and then a good half an hour at the café at the top. We had a spot of lunch (standard café quality), but there's no pressure to do so. The ladies behind the counter were very helpful with providing us with taxi companies when we had trouble getting through to our own. If I didn't care about butterflies, I could walk it bottom to top in about fifteen minutes. But, if I did that, I wouldn't appreciate any of the nature. The monastery: At the top there is a monastery which is free of charge to enter. Have a little look around: it's Greek Orthodox, as you would imagine, and is very beautiful. There are also some lovely views of the sea if you are looking for a good picture. They even provided free shawls for anyone who needed to cover up to enter. The location: The valley of the butterflies is in a valley. The clue is in the name. So it HAS to be in the middle of nowhere, somewhere quiet where the insects can sleep. There is a bus or two, but driving yourself, or getting a taxi is easiest. This means signal is a bit patchy in the valley, but good at the top. Overall: A good couple of hours activity, but check everyone in your party understands what it is before you go.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 July 2023
  • SWSJW
    Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Amazing experience! The butterflies were all one species and was very beautiful. The walk is uphill on lots of stairs so come well prepared with water, good shoes and snacks (especially if you have children). Wouldn’t recommend for children as it can get tiring quickly however, very beautiful. €5 entry can pay on card and cash. Toilet is a 0.50€ charge (2 loo entry when you pay I.e. go in together).
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Paul N
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Butterflies everywhere.
    Beautiful atmosphere; calming and rewarding for anyone taking their time to look and listen to the sounds of the water. Butterflies everywhere and I mean everywhere. If you look hard enough there are different crabs in the pools and dragonflies loitering around the edges. Very enjoyable and worth the 5 euro entrance fee.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
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31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Arranged tour to valley of the butterfly's and Chalki Island.

Cost 55 euros which was good value as tour lasted all day.

Took about an our to get to the valley. Cost of entry not included in tour but only 3 euro. It's a nice place quite a few steps over rough ground. Most of the butterflies were on trees but there were 10s rather than 1000s flying round. All one species. Nice and peaceful place and cool compared to the very hot coast. In truth probably not worth the hour drive to get there. There are toilets 50 cents and a quick mention to the lady taking the money.....she keeps them spotless.

It was then a drive to the port and a sail of about an hour to Chalki Island. Boat was busy. Chalki is a small island with a few tavernas, fishing boats and a couple of tourist shops a step back in time to a slower pace of life that is quickly disappearing as sadly the big corporate hotels take over. A 10 minute walk takes you to a lovely beach great for swimming.

Then back to the big corporate hotel on Rhodes.
Written 14 June 2024
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Nicola K
Bradford, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Fab place, 3 euros per adult and children are free. Saw lots of lizards and crabs which were fun to spot. Only a few butterflies but it didn't matter as it's a beautiful walk and good to keep cooler in the shade of the trees.
Written 13 June 2024
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Francesca D
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Lovely place to go visit, saw quite a few butterflies (early June) but would recommend going even if it is not butterfly season for the beautiful views of the valley. We walked from the bottom entrance to the top, and back again. Steps can be slippery though and it us quite a tough uphill walk in 30+ degrees! Make sure you bring plenty of water with you.
Written 8 June 2024
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Littletravellers24
65 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We visited end of may. Ended up seeing 2 butterflies ! Apparently it’s due to the weather not being hot enough. But it only cost us 3 euros, so not a waste of money. The place itself is beautiful, be prepared for steps . It’s sheltered so very shady throughout.
Written 1 June 2024
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Miles
Maidstone, UK82 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Arrived to be told that there were no butterflies … kind of defeats the object for visiting the ‘Valley Of Butterflies’.
Written 27 May 2024
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Chris&Janey
Yoxall, UK579 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We knew that the Moths would not be seen at this time and that usually you have to wait until end of June to experience them. However it is a lovely green valley which was very quiet and peaceful as we arrived later in the afternoon. We did walk from the entrance at the bottom of the valley up to the top and back down which I think is preferable than the other way around. We actually only saw 2 butterflies during the visit and both were near the entrance!
Written 22 May 2024
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Katherine Wood
Liskeard, UK22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We came in the off season, so there was no butterflies around, but that’s no fault of the park, but the lack of refreshments was a bit of a problem. It was still a stunning experience though.
Written 21 May 2024
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Dawn N
37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Lovely peaceful cool area, I seen a few butterflies and goats, not recommended if you have walking restrictions or tire easy. I went with a coach tour so there was limited time. I'd recommend hire a wee car or moped and if you're an artist it would be ideally to sit and paint! Or even just sit and enjoy the peaceful area. Wee waterfalls but not gushing obviously you're in Greece! If you want big falls come to northern Scotland :-)
Over all a lovely wee wander away from beaches!
Written 19 May 2024
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Alex G
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We did know hat there would be no butterflies/moths before paying 3 euro pp entry fee.

Parked at the lower car park having driven from Laylsos. All amenities were open albeit a 50 cent charge for using the toilets, but thats probably fair as no entry fee was paid at this point.

The walk through the valley is in 2 stages, from lower to middle and middle to top and you can commence the walk from any of those stages.

Ok that’s the general layout. The total length is around 2km lower to upper or start to finish. Sounds easy but there is also an incline of around 300ft and this is mostly over the upper section. I also believe that the team there don’t care who pays the entrance fee. I’m no athlete and would say a little out of shape so the last section was a bit of a struggle. Many steps that just seemed to go on and on. When you get to the top, hot, out of breath, a cool refreshing drink would help but there was nothing open, not even a toilet. Fortunately we took water with us and that warm remnants of water was appreciated.

If you are insulin dependent diabetic then make sure your sugars are good or carry the emergency glucose supply……. Unlike me who left glucose in the car and whose low sugar alarm had activated when I reached the top. With no assistance there it’s was an option of walking 3km downhill on the windy road or go back through the valley.

I saw people with limps, people of a certain age, a lady with a walking frame! on the trail……. Who let those people access this undulating, cobbled trail? There is no sign of any emergency help anywhere.

It would be comical if the seriousness of anyone needing assistance was not so apparent.

I look back and laugh at my heaving, sweaty accent of the upper section, the false summits, the girl with the platform shoes, the family fallouts and the happy smiling faces of paying entrants at the lower section who were in for a shock.

I would not like to be in there when coach loads of tourists are dropped off. There needs to be better information for visitors and improved management of the facility.

I did actually enjoy the walk in an odd kind of way.
Written 4 May 2024
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Frank Riva
Exmouth, UK2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Not advertised, there are no butterflies, no facilities such as WC, bars, etc open. There is no railing, be careful people with babies or elders. If it is too hot you would have to take it easy as there are way too many steps and some can be too abrupt.
Written 2 May 2024
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