The Valley of Butterflies in Sotires Paros: The beautiful valley is located 5 km south of Parikia, near the Monastery of Jesus of Woods.
This valley is popularly referred to as Petaloudes, which is the Greek word for "butterflies". Every year, during the summer months, the valley becomes verdant and the Jersey Tiger Moths wrap the entire valley, creating a truly breathtaking natural phenomenon.
The beautiful trees of the valley give out a sweet fragrance that in turn draws the butterflies like a magnet.
This valley is, in fact, a very important biotope for these moths, which can only be found on Paros and Rhodes in Greece, while in the rest of the world, you can admire them in a couple of places in Turkey and Britain.
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The Butterfly Valley is nicely tucked away on the foot of a hill, just beneath a natural well.
You will be able to spot the butterflies in shaded areas close to the stone fences or in bushes. It is often difficult to spot them as they camouflage themselves in the color of the leaves. They are literally clinging to each other and there is very little difference between them and the leaves.
Visitors are advised to not disturb the butterflies. If you don't manage to take a picture of them, there is a small shop at the entrance gate, which has a collection of postcards depicting the butterflies from the valley.
The most adventurous way to reach the Butterfly Valley is by donkey! However, there are organized excursions from Naoussa or Parikia, and of course, you can always get there on your own by car, taxi, or bus. The area is quite similar to a park and there are well-defined pathways that meander through the length and breadth of the Butterfly Valley.
How to get there
The Valley of Butterflies is located in Sotires village.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 694 4540 556, 0030 694 4668 331, 0030 699 9450 800, or booking your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere's the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover the Valley of Butterflies and many other places of interest at their own pace.