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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 is considered one of the main attractions of Paros island for the past 30 years.

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.

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.

Opening Hours

The park is open from June to September from 9AM to 8PM. (7:30PM from 20th of August and September)


Cafeteria, Playground and Souvenir Shop are also a part of the reserve, making ideal for every age group.