Valley of the Butterflies Tours

The island of Rhodes is teeming with colorful butterflies and each year thousands of the winged insects flutter along the coastline to the humid climate of Petaloudes Valley, earning it the evocative nickname of ‘Valley of the Butterflies’. The dramatic migration is undertaken at the start of the dry season (typically early May), during which time the valley becomes a kaleidoscope of fluttering wings, transforming its landscape of trees, waterfalls and foliage into a sea of butterflies. 

The Valley of the Butterflies is renowned as one of the island’s most breathtaking natural sights, notable for its vast variety of butterfly species, including a unusual subspecies of the Jersey Tiger Moth, unique to the island. Another unique feature of the valley are the native Oriental Sweetgum trees and Petaloudes boasts the only natural forest of the species in Europe. It’s the scent of these trees, along with the warm, sheltered climate, that is thought to draw the butterflies to the spot and they come in swarms during the last part of their life cycle. At this point, the adult creatures are ready to reproduce and can often be seen ‘sleeping’ to conserve their energy before leaving to lay their eggs elsewhere. 

This is a fragile time in the butterfly’s life so take care not to disturb them as you wander along the waterways, then head to the valley’s small museum, where a butterfly hatchery provides a fascinating insight into the romantic creatures. 
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Hours: Daily: 8am - 5pm
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Admission: € 5
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Private Tour: Valley of the Butterflies in Rhodes

Visit the Valley of the Butterflies on Rhodes with this private, half-day tour. Following pickup from your hotel, travel by private vehicle to the breathtaking nature reserve in western Rhodes. With your own personal guide, you’ll wander along the reserve’s leafy walkways and streams. Get up close to the park’s colorful butterflies as they flutter around you, and hear about the tiger moths that thrive in the valley. You may also visit the on-site Museum of Natural History. Entrance fees and refreshments are at your own expense.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Rhodes Kallithea, Butterfly Valley, and Filerimos Full-Day Tour

Check out three of Rhodes’ highlights in a day on this guided tour from Rhodes Town, Ixia, and Ialyssos. Visit the thermal springs and gardens at Kallithea, stroll through Butterfly Valley nature reserve, and explore the ancient ruins and monastery at Filerimos. On route, learn about Rhodian winemaking. Air-conditioned transport, plus hotel, central, and port pickup and drop-off in Rhodes Town, Ixia, and Ialyssos included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Rhodes Private Half-Day Tour

Get a personalized introduction to Rhodes with a private, 5-hour tour of the island’s ancient and medieval highlights. After exploring the UNESCO-listed Old Town, admire the ruins of Greek temples and amphitheaters atop the acropoli of Rhodes and Lindos. Enjoy leisure time for lunch in a charming village, soak up panoramic views, and cool off with a swim at Faliraki beach.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Rhodes Private Full-Day Tour

Discover the ancient and medieval wonders of Rhodes on a personalized, full-day tour. Delve into the island’s monumental history as you pass the Palace of the Grand Masters and visit the Acropolis of Rhodes, site of a Greek stadium and the Temple of Apollo. Head to the picturesque village and beach of Lindos, stroll through the enchanting Valley of the Butterflies, and soak up some of the island’s most spectacular views alongside a private guide devoted just to your group.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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