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The Butterfly Valley

Rhodes Butterfly Valley is a stunning picturesque valley located on the Greek island of Rhodes that offers visitors an unforgettable experience. It is home to some of the most beautiful butterfly species in Europe, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers. The valley also offers breathtaking views from its hilltop location, surrounded by mountains and lush vegetation and dotted with ancient ruins.

The Butterfly Valley was established as a protected area in 1993, with the goal of protecting the rare species found there. Visitors can explore the area on foot, admiring its diverse wildlife and observing colorful butterflies fluttering about. This beautiful spot is home to over 500 species of butterflies from all around the world, ranging from small blues and skippers to larger swallowtails and gliders. Many species are endemic to this region, such as the scarce swallowtail butterfly, which can only be seen here. At the Butterfly Valley you will see these winged creatures fluttering through the air in search of food or to rest among its flowers and trees that provide shelter.

The best time to see them in all their glory is May – this is the time of year when the rainy season ends, and when they descend on the Butterfly Valley’s sweetgum trees, which are only found here in Europe. Walking under a thick blanket of fluttering butterflies is a truly magical experience!

The valley also houses many endemic plant species as well as several endangered mammals such as wild cats, deer and foxes. There are also several botanical gardens in the valley where visitors can admire trees and flowers that grow exclusively here. The Butterfly Valley is a must-see for any nature lover looking to explore the majestic beauty of Greece.

Read what others share about their experience

  • K.C. Woodard
    in the last week
    Beautiful, but go during the high season. We came in the off season, so there was no butterflies...
  • Ronnie Maria
    3 months ago
    We went in October. So, it wasn’t the season for butterfly. The water was also very little. I...
  • Rebecca banks
    in the last week
    We went when there was no butterflies But still worth the money it's beautiful Lots of step to the...
  • Karolina Grin
    a week ago
    Didn't see any butterflies as they said it's not the season yet. But it was beautiful walk through...
  • Karina P
    a month ago
    I absolutely adore the butterfly valley! Every time I visit Rhodos, I have to make a stop at the...

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