Petaloudes is a small town in the Aegean whose name literally means “butterflies”. The latter are the real protagonists of one of the most evocative places in Rhodes, not surprisingly called the Valley of Butterflies.
Here a truly wonderful show awaits you, in a truly unique and magical setting among ancient trees, streams, wooden bridges and small waterfalls.
The forest is home to majestic specimens of Liquidambar Orientalis, or “Zitia”, centuries-old trees that every summer give off a particular resin with a particularly attractive scent…. for butterflies. This is one of the main reasons why from April to September, an incredible myriad of orange and black butterflies, of the “Arlecchino Dotted” species, invade a small valley about 25 km south-west of the capital.
Photo ©, Allan Ogg
A truly spectacular phenomenon for visitors of all ages. Butterflies often sleep on the shady sides of tree trunks, or around the roots but not. There are moments of pure magic when they wake up and form a real cloud of colors.
A real journey into unspoiled nature that offers peace and relaxation, and a completely unexpected glimpse of Rhodes, far away from the crowds and chaos of the capital and the beaches.
The Valley of Butterflies is located about 23 km from Rhodes Town, across the road to Epar.Od. Ialisou-Katavias in the direction of Epar.Od. Kalamonas-Psinthou.
From Faliraki, by car, you travel about 20 km, along the mountainous stretch from the east coast to the central-western area.
The car is obviously the most comfortable method to reach the destination.
You will find numerous free parking spaces available near the entrance.
From May to September there is a bus that connects Rhodes Town with the Valley of Butterflies daily. Tickets cost €5.20 per adult and €2.60 reduced.
You will have to travel an often tortuous path, with ups and downs. We recommend that you avoid the hottest hours and use comfortable clothes and above all comfortable shoes. Absolutely to avoid heels
The exact name of the place is Valley Of Butterflies Park. Here, in fact, in addition to unspoiled nature, you can also admire some incredible places. Above all, the splendid Monastery of Kalopetra, located right on top of the green Hill of the Park.
Kalopetra was built in 1784 by the exiled Greek prince of Wallachia, Alexander Ypsilantis. It offers a splendid panoramic view of the entire area.
Photo ©, Allan Ogg
A few kilometers from the valley, moreover, is the interesting Farma Of Rodes, which in these parts they like to call a “Petting Zoo”, that is, a petting zoo!
A truly unique interactive experience for children and families, to play, have fun and eat ostriches, llamas, kangaroos, ponies, deer, camels.
The park is open every day from Monday to Sunday, from 08:00 to 19:00.
The cost of the entrance ticket varies according to the period of the visit:
Admission is free for children up to 12 years of age.
The ticket office is located right at the entrance to the Park.