Petaloudes, the valley of the butterflies, is nestled along a curve along the a very windy road not far from the IPSC World Shoot range complex. The Callimorpha Quadripunctaria species of butterfly makes the valley their home, mating in July and August. They lay their eggs in September, emerge from cocoons in spring and in June they are full-blown butterflies. More about Petaloudes can be found here.
Even though there were no butterflies when we visited, the valley of the butterflies was beautiful. With so many man made ruins throughout Rhodes, Petaloudes is a natural wonder with cool shade provided by trees and the bubbling of small waterfalls. It’s tranquil and serene.