Butterflies Nature Reserve Paros
7 km west from Parikia , near the Monastery of Christos sto Dasos (or Agios Arsenios ), there is a place well known as the Valley of the Butterflies or “Petaloudes” (from a Greek translation), an idyllic landscape of dense vegetation and abundant spring water, a unique monument of natural beauty. The butterflies reserve on the island of Paros is considered one of the main attractions of the island for the past 30 years.
During the months of June to September, swarms of butterflies by the name of ‘’Panaxia Quadripunctaria’’ or ‘’Jersey Tiger Moth‘’ settle on this small oasis. They choose this place to spend the last phase of their life. Resting on the leaves, they can be observed by the guests in their natural habitat. If you are lucky, you might catch them fly, which reveals the underside of their wings, a vivid red which contrasts with the blackness of the rest of them.
The area is a small park with paths and steps, so making your way around is rather easy. There is a small fee to enter, but it’s worth it for the shade and quiet.
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
The park is open from June to September from 9AM to 8PM*.
Petaloudes is a family run business. The butterflies have chosen this place for at least 100 years, making it distinctive. We opened the place to the public in the 70’s so visitors could observe and enjoy the nature at its true form. However, it still belongs to the butterflies, so please, respect their natural habital, be observant and don’t make them fly for your own entertainment.
* Time of closure might change to 19:30 (starting around the 20th of August)as it depends on when the sun sets.
** Cafeteria, Playground and Souvenir Shop are also a part of the reserve, making ideal for every age group.
*** Entrance fee is required only for the reserve.
Petaloudes, 84400, Paros - Greece
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