The Valley of Butterflies

The valley of butterflies (Petaludes), is a small part of eden that lies 26 km away from the city of Rhodes. A thickly planned valley with running waters, wooden bridges and lakes make even the most demanding visitor short of words in front of this unique sight and the feeling of tranquillity. The valley extends in an area of about 60 hectares, along the sides of the river Pelekanos. Wooden bridges and paths will guide you through the rich vegetation of this rare biotope. The valley of Butterflies is part of the Natura 2000 network, distinguished for its unique flora and fauna.

From late July until late September the valley gets filled up with millions of multicolor butterflies, a sight that offers an even more enhancing view. The butterflies belong to the rare species of Panaxia Quadripunctaria, also known as tiger moth. They gather in the valley due to its microclimate, to feed and multiply. During the day they rest on the foliages, on the tree trunks and on the rocks away form the sun, seeking for humidity. They are more active at night when they fly to find food and mate.

The valley of Butterflies is a major tourist attraction on the island of Rhodes. It is estimated that more than 700.000 people visit the valley during the summer months. This, together with the degraded environmental conditions, has the unpleasant effect of a drastic reduction to the population of the butterflies during the recent years.

The preservation of this ecosystem is a responsibility for all of us. Visitors are invited to show respect to the butterflies and the ecosystem, avoiding to disturb the butterflies.