Valley of the Butterflies

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Natural Wonders, Hiking, Churches/Religious Sites Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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Rhodes' most highly touted attraction (without an ocean view), the Valley of the Butterflies stands on its own. If you tire of ruined palaces and piles of rubble, recent travelers suggest you visit this natural wonder to rejuvenate your senses. Located in the island's northwest interior, this lush valley is home to thousands of Jersey Tiger moths (yep, not actual butterflies) for the months of June, July and August. That's when these black, yellow and cherry red creatures arrive annually to mate and then perish. 

That doesn't mean you'll be disappointed if you arrive at other times in the year. Travelers recommend the valley's scenic walking trail, which leads you past streams and waterfalls to an ancient monastery. One TripAdvisor user says: "The walk up the valley is beautiful; it's very green with a lovely river running through it. … The walk is quite hard going as its uphill but it's a very slow steady climb to a monastery at the top with stunning views."

The Valley of the Butterflies is located near the town of Theologos, less than an hour's drive from Rhodes Town. We'd recommend you take a bus excursion to this enchanting site; many private companies sponsor daily tours. Admission costs about €5 EUR (approximately $7). Visitors are welcome from May to September, 8 am to 6 pm.

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