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Butterfly Valley | Rhodes | A Fluttering Enchanted Paradise for Nature Lovers

Updated: Mar 13

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George Papadellis | SG Head

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Nestled in the heart of Rhodes, around 5 km from Theologos village and 25 km from Rhodes city, lies a hidden paradise that draws visitors from all over the world - the Butterfly Valley. This lush valley is a diamond for nature lovers and a sanctuary for thousands of butterflies that flutter around its stunning landscapes. In this article, we explore the enchanting beauty of the Butterfly Valley, its history, and what makes it such a must-visit destination.


Butterfly Valley Rhodes

The History

Butterfly Valley is a unique natural park that was created in the 1980s by a group of environmentalists who aimed to protect the local ecosystem and the endangered species of butterflies that lived in the area. The valley was also designated as a protected area by the European Union due to its immense ecological value. Today, the Butterfly Valley is a haven for visitors who come to admire the beauty of nature and explore the vibrant ecosystems that thrive within the valley.


Butterfly Valley Rhodes

Butterflies on a Rock | Photo by: Maria Gerolymatou, Petaloudes se Vraho, CC BY-SA 4.0


The Flora and Fauna

Butterfly Valley is home to an abundance of flora and fauna, making it a hub of biodiversity. The valley's lush greenery is dotted with pine trees, fig trees, and other native Mediterranean plant species that provide a habitat for a variety of animals. Visitors can spot colorful butterflies such as the Jersey tiger and the swallowtail, that hang in the shadows of the Zitia tree, as well as dragonflies, bees, and other insects. The valley is also home to numerous bird species such as nightingales, goldfinches, and owls.


Butterfly of the Rhodes Valley

Butterfly of the Rhodes Valley | Photo by: Maria Gerolymatou, Petalouda, CC BY-SA 4.0


Exploring Butterfly Valley

The Butterfly Valley is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to immerse themselves in nature's beauty. The valley's meandering pathways are perfect for a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike. Visitors can follow the river that runs through the valley and take in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The valley also offers various picnic spots and shaded areas where visitors can relax and enjoy a picnic amidst the serenity of nature.


Picnic in Butterfly Valley Rhodes

Picnic in Butterfly Valley Rhodes | Photo by: Indalomania, Petaloudes - Place to retreat - panoramio, cropped by Shiny Greece, CC BY-SA 3.0


The Experience

Butterfly Valley is more than just a natural park. It offers a unique and unforgettable experience for visitors. The valley is open to visitors from June to September, and during this time, visitors can witness the magical spectacle of thousands of butterflies fluttering around them. The phenomenon of the flying of butterflies takes place in August when the butterflies rush into the valley to reproduce. But the cycle until reproduction starts from the rainy season (feeding and growing as caterpillars), continues with the appearance of the new butterflies in spring and peaks in summer.


The Butterfly Valley of Rhodes

Wooden Routes inside the Valley | Photo by: Andrzej Szkopiński, Dolina motyli - panoramio (3), CC BY 3.0


During the last years, the population of the butterflies shows a reduction mainly due to the disturbance from visitors. The valley's tranquil atmosphere and vibrant colors create an otherworldly experience that transports visitors into a different world. In addition to admiring the beauty of nature, visitors can also learn about the valley's rich history and the importance of preserving the natural environment. The Butterfly Valley is also home to a small museum that showcases the valley's history and provides educational information about the local ecosystem, the National History Museum of Rhodes.


Valley of the Butterflies Rhodes

Tranquility at the Valley | Photo by: Theodoros Alexandropoulos, Butterfly valley-Rhodes 3, CC BY-SA 4.0


Its' Magical!

The Butterfly Valley is a hidden paradise that offers a magical and unforgettable experience for visitors. Its lush greenery, diverse wildlife, and serene atmosphere make it the perfect destination for nature lovers. The valley's importance as a protected area and its role in preserving the local ecosystem cannot be overstated. If you're planning a trip to Rhodes, the Butterfly Valley should be on your must-visit list.


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Very nice route through the canyon. It requires sports shoes and light clothes. July and August are the ideal months for many butterflies!!! 😉

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