Valley of the Butterflies
Valley of the Butterflies
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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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  • Love a weekend away
    Thatcham, United Kingdom89 contributions
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    Natural beauty
    Although we were out of butterfly season, it was a lovely visit. An area of outstanding natural beauty. Lots of steps and uneven ground. We did see crabs and terrapins. The cafe at the bottom was good and we had a nice lunch, toilets were pay as you go. A lovely place to go if you want to escape the heat:
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 18, 2023
  • GoPlaces620458
    Stevenage, United Kingdom20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely attraction
    Great couple of hours spent at butterfly valley! We went with our 18 month old daughter. Be warned you cannot take the buggy through so bring a baby carrier if you have/are likely to need one! There are a lot of steps but it is a lovely walk through the forests. Worth going all the way to the top even if it is a tough old hike for some. There is a snack shop at the top which is reasonably priced. Unfortunately there were no butterflies at the time of our visit but I believe based on other reviews we were a bit early for them. Never the less, great activity if you’re visiting Rhodes!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 22, 2023
  • Claire B
    2 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
    Traveled with family
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Brianngog
    Cyprus7,485 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Ruthyg68
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom8 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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 10, 2023
  • S N
    10 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Emily H
    York, United Kingdom13 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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Maddie
    Southampton, United Kingdom6 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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Sébastien D
    Seine-et-Marne, France612 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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 21, 2023
  • MrsHodor
    Peterborough, United Kingdom169 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 23, 2023
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louisecannings
Swindon, UK6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This was a lovely spot and nice to do something different in Rhodes. Its 5eur entry which is very reasonable and the park has been extremely well kept. The butterflies were lovely and it was very peaceful. I would not recommend this place if you struggle with mobility as its very uphill and lots of steps/ rough terrain. Definitely make sure you wear suitable walking shoes and bring plenty of change as the toilets just outside the main entrance are 50c per visit. My only gripe would be the sheer amount of people there at one time on what are fairly narrow pathways during a pandemic. Perhaps let people in in time slots just to manage the flow of people. For the entry price, it was definitely worth a visit!
Written September 20, 2020
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Rebekah Wheatley
13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
It’s up hill! cobbled steep steps, (I don’t recommend flip flops) could be quite exhausting in mid day sun we went around 4.30-5.00 so was a little cooler. unfortunately all the facilities were starting to close. The butterfly park does stay open tho even after closing and it’s free. Before 6.00pm you have to pay €5 each
Toilet charges 50cent so bring change.
Nice views, pretty little walk with a running stream definitely valley of the moths not valley of the butterflies. Don’t get me wrong they are prettier than your average UK moth but all in all they are still moths.
Written September 7, 2020
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Mick T
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
This place becomes quite marginal if you visit outside the main butterfly season (May to end Sep). Our visit was 1 Oct so we were hoping that a day late would not diminish the experience too much.

Having parked at bottom car park we knew there would be quite a hike to get to the top. The first half is quite pleasant but the second half is quite steep and with many steps. No way this could be done with pushchairs. The cool of the shade is much appreciated and the waterfalls are attractive.

We saw no butterflies on the way up but the trip down was much better - clearly they are not early risers so don’t get there too early. It’s clear that the further you get from the centre of the season, the less spectacular the display. The small reduction in entry to 3€ each took some of the sting out.

Cafe at bottom station seemed reasonably priced and not charging for the captive audience. View from the monastery site at the top is worth the hike.
Written October 2, 2020
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Kris G
Horsham, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
It's a long long walk up if you start from the bottom of the lower valley. Keep you tickets, they're worth more than gold. They'll be your key through the many electronic gates - four, if you want to go all the way up to the monastery. Another four if you want to go back down the same way, of course. It's worth it. The place is beautiful, there are millions of butterflies but you won't be able to see them at first as they look like they're needles from trees. Stop and look for them, they've evolved well to blend in their environment. There are some other colours of their wings but the 'conifers' are the main attraction here. They're more lively in the upper valley especially those sitting on large rocks and stones. They rarely fly across the path so just stand and appreciate the view for a few seconds. There's no hurry. And you'll need to rest, believe me. The last part, which is climbing up to the monastery will drain your entire energy. Nice fresh lemonade or fresh orange juice awaits those who make to the last part of the journey. It's overpriced, as you'd expect, but you'll be screaming "Take my money! Just give me that cool liquid that I desperately need!". And then it's the monastery. Very quiet, very solemn, almost forgotten, standing there lonely, as the road wraps it around from all sides. It's beautiful there. You've made it to the top so take some time to soak in the atmoshpere. Good news, the way down is much much easier.

A word for those who are scared. If you're concerned about the 'scary' virus, just don't go there. This place is for those who enjoy themselves, those who refuse to stay at home, hiding under the table. No, this place is not 'covid friendly' (what a stupid expression). The paths are narrow and nobody gives a damn about the seasonal flu, or 'deadly virus' as some like to call it. Also, no, you won't be able to take a pushchair into the rocky woods, with many many steps, wooden bridges and stone paths (imagine the level of entitlement of people who complain about that!) Neither will you be able to drive a minibus there, just to save you some time, in case you were wondering. Apply some common sense when you're chosing your attractions.

Look at the photos, go there and enjoy. It's well worth it.
Written August 26, 2020
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Car212167
Isle of Wight, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Though we visited in late October and saw no butterflies this place is totally magical walking through the forest with the waterfalls you can forget where you are. Yes the entrance fee is €3pp children are free but it's well worth it and the cafe at the top had reasonable prices. Make sure you have sensible footwear as it can be slippy underneath and for those with pushchairs or walking difficulties this is probably a no due to the amount of steps. If we returned to Rhodes we would come back here.
Written October 24, 2020
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lamb_bob
Sheffield, UK168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This was a morning organised tour through our hotel. The valley was approximately 40 minutes drive from our Hotel and the mini bus was full so no social distancing, we had to wear a mask. When we were dropped off in the car park it was unclear as to where to go but a short walk through the wooded area at the top of the car park revealed the entrance.
If you are expecting tonnes of butterflies and all different species then this trip is not for you. There is only one species and when they are not flying they are well camouflaged against the tree bark or rock but we saw a some large groups rising up from trees and the water but they are very hard to photograph.
The walk through the woods is pretty hard going in places (uphill) and people were not very spatially aware walking very close in some cases especially when crossing bridges etc. There is a very welcome café area at the top of the valley which served iced coffee and cold drinks.
You can then carry on up out of the valley to the Monastery which very picturesque in its own right had some glorious views down to the sea - amazing. You then have to walk all the way down back into the valley lol and can then go further into the valley but to be fair that side is okay but not as amazing as going up. There is a gift shop and food bar serving drinks etc when you reach the entrance. I would recommend this trip
Written November 11, 2020
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imthesecretshopper
Bath, UK9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Disappointing our visit started badly with the toilet WC attendant tried to rip us off! it is 50cents to go in the toilet be careful we gave him €10 and he tried to keep it and not give us any change? I don’t mind giving a tip if I choose too .. but he just gave us back €5 and opened the door to the toilet I said to him what about the rest of our change and he was angry we challenged him and finally we got our change but if we didn’t say anything about it he would of kept our money and I wonder if he does that quite often to trusting tourists.. we are regular visitors to Rhodes and won’t go back there again .. so underhand and dishonest spoilt our visit

It is a long up hill walk in crowds of people, if your going to do it wear shoes for walking not flip flops as it is cobble stones and rough ground, and steep steps lovely stream running down, you can see crabs but no butterflies they do have moths on some of the trees and rocks which are lovely to see

There is also a cafe on the lower level by the pumping station under the trees which is very nice by the water a really nice place to sit with a coffee and a friendly guy serving
Written September 9, 2021
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Işıl U
Liverpool, UK83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
It is €5 to enter. Beautiful calm and clean place. Seen lots of butterflies, all belong to one species.it was not busy because covd19 , plenty of shade to walk trough and because of waterfalls, felt cool.it is a stip climbing and uneven surfaces so if you have a mobility problem, this might be a issue..
Top of the valley there is a cafe and monastery which you need to use same ticket to enter and exit. So do not loose your ticket.
When you walk down and vo other side of the main entrance, there is another valley which you need same tickets. Very small tunnel to go trough. This part is as pretty as other one and end of it again cafe and museum but meseum is not open due to Covd 19. There are toilets near museum again you need to use your ticket to go out and come back. We gone as part of tour it was €15 each from local tour company.
Written September 12, 2020
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Rose T
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Lovely walk and lovely surroundings, would definitely recommend to any one visiting the area. The snack shop at the bottom is ridiculous prices because of the captive audience.The restaurant at the top wasn’t too bad price wise two 800ml water and a 500ml Pepsi max for €6. But if you want food and are going to seven springs in the same day I would recommend eating at the seven spring taverna instead.

Toilets are at the top restaurant €0.50 to get in which is great unless you don’t have a 50cent coin and you are desperate.
Written September 15, 2023
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a m
London, UK268 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
No doubt beautiful in summer but it should close end of September. Complete waste of time going in October. Yes we should have checked but didn’t expect them to be open if it’s out of butterfly season. Hundreds of other disappointed visitors also paid their 3 euros each to walk up a path and back again with disappointed faces being the only thing visible in the valley.
Written October 22, 2020
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