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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 May 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 May 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Brianngog
    Cyprus7,488 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 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 July 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 July 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 July 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 July 2023
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Meiju L
Lappeenranta, Finland111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We knew there would be no butterflies but we decided to visit here, for we were told the valley is beautiful nevertheless. We were charged 3€/person. When there are butterflies, the price is will be 6€. Lady selling the tickets told us there would be no butterflies before we bought the tickets, but we knew that already. She was really friendly.

The valley is beautiful even without butterflies. Plus it was super peaceful without hundreds of tourists. If you appreciate peace and quiet, this is a place for you if you are visiting off season. There isn't much to see or do tough. There are some benches here and there, but nothing else. A fine place to have a small brake.

Also, it's a valley, so you either have to walk it back and fort again, or climb up to road and go back to the entrance there. There will be couple of stairs, so I can't recommend this if you are already a bit tired from walking like we were.
Written 19 April 2024
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Lilacwheaty
Nottingham, UK867 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We visited in mid April when just opened, before the butterflies/ moths start to swarm, so this was really just a pleasant woodland walk. Friends who have visited in May have been thrilled by the thousands of butterflies around.
Written 15 April 2024
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Sarah U
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Website said it was open, but after a thirty minute ride on a winding road, we found it to still be closed for the season. I wish they could update their website.
Written 29 March 2024
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DutchDiverFrank
504 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Went here on a tour at the end of October and when we got there they had the cheek to charge €3 each to get into the valley and there wasn’t a butterfly to see and then they told us the butterflies die at the beginning of September. Total waste of money and the staff were rude. They also had the cheek to charge for the toilet and 2 lollies and a coffee was €14. Total rip off.
Written 25 October 2023
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Benjamin
Cumbria, UK54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Stick to the season June / July if you want to see butterflies. Otherwise a lovely little walkway through the forrest. I didn’t see any butterflies for obvious reasons.
Written 21 October 2023
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Caron2122
London, UK15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Didn't realise that this was actually a pretty decent hike, so wear the right shoes! There are a LOT of steps (and if it's hot, bring water). There is a small kiosk at the top but if you have hiked from the bottom through the beautiful valley, you may need water.
A no go for push chairs, walkers or wheelchairs. Cobbled smooth stones make for a hard walking surface, and possibly rather treacherous when coming back down.
Check the dates if you want to see actual butterflies as it is only during the hot summer months.
It's a beautiful nature walk that I would recommend for the beauty of and waterways. Its well kept and thoroughly enjoyable. Good shoes and water and you are good 👍

Written 18 October 2023
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Paul S
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This place is very pretty so it's worth it for the nice walk, but when billed as valley of the butterflies we didn't see many, most were coating rocks and trees, saw very few flying, they seemed to all be the same species as well. Perhaps if we'd visited in summer it would have been better?

Very steep and because we were with a coach trip we didn't go all the way to the top as time was limited, plus it gets VERY steep!
Written 12 October 2023
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MKHawks89
Bristol, UK71 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
It was beautiful scenery, lovely walk through the valley & seeing a few butterflies fly around & seeing some on the ground & trees & flying around us walking. A lot of steps to climb in some areas but the snack bar we found at the very top did a lovely freshly squeezed orange juice! (It’s needed when you reach the top!) 🦋
Written 2 October 2023
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Rose T
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 15 September 2023
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Christine C
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
It is not clear in descriptions just how many steps it is to the top and then onto the Monastery. Unfortunately we caught the public bus so arrived with 50 other people plus hundreds on coach tours and we followed a snake line of non stop tourists up the valley. Once we list the crowds it was lovely to see the butterflies. It is not a sanctuary for butterflies though as most tourists were totally inconsiderate and ignored the no talking signs. They even ignored the No Smoking signs which was mad considering the recent fires!!

i would suggest the cheapest way to do the trip is to catch the bus no.12 or 55 but go DOWN HILL to see the bottom part of the waterfall first to let the crowds go ahead. Only get a single ticket as it is only €39 taxi back to Rhodes so just ask others at bus stop around 2pm if anyone wants to join you in a taxi that takes 25 minutes rather than over 1 hour of standing on the bus
Written 14 September 2023
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