Valley of the butterflies, Rhodes island

Valley of the Butterflies


Approximately 16 km south west of Rhodes, is a strange, almost mythical valley, the famous Koilada ton Petaloudon (Valley of the Butterflies). In the summer months it is literally flooded with thousands of butterflies. Covering the trunks of shady plane trees and pine trees they are attracted to the area by the scent of Oriental […]

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Embona


Under the shadow of the highest mountain on Rhodes, Atavyros, lies the picturesque and lively village of Embona. Here the locals really know how to live! At the end of August for the Festival of Wine, they organise celebrations with traditional music, dancing and singing which guests are welcome to join in. The occasion is […]

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Profitis Ilias


The secondest highest mountain of Rhodes, Profitis Ilias, is scattered with small traditional villages. Before reaching the summit, on top of which is built the monastery of the Profitis Ilias, there are two hotels: the Elafos (stag) and the Elafina (doe) which are characterised by their pleasingly aesthetic architectural design. These hotels, named after the […]

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Laerma


For those interested in religious tourism, a visit to Laerma, 58 km from Rhodes, is a must. The Byzantine monastery of the Taxiarchis Michail tou Tharri (Archangel Michael) has remarkable wall paintings dating from the 17th century.

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Apollonas


Richly endowed by nature, the traditional village of Apollonas sits at the foot of Profitis Ilias. The Folklore Museum here houses a collection of traditional costumes and utensils and contains much interesting information about the local inhabitants’ lifestyle.

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Salakos


With the Profitis Ilias mountain towering above it and renowned for its many springs, the village of Salakos on the south eastern coast, some 39 km from Rhodes, is a magnet for ramblers who come to quench their thirst with cool water. Another sight worth seeing is the nearby spring of the Nymfis (Nymph), which […]

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