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Petaloudes, Petaloudes

Petaloudes , Rhodes
Tel: 30 22 4108 1801's insider take:

From mid-June through September, millions of zebra-striped "butterflies" (actually Jersey tiger moths) congregate in this lovely green ravine. Covering every stone and tree, the insects are invisible until they move, revealing their red underbellies. Unfortunately, tourists come swarming after them, with flashing cameras, blaring radios, and crying babies, so an early-morning visit is advisable if you want to fully enjoy this splendid spectacle. Petaloudes ("Butterfly Valley") is 15.5 miles south of Rhodes. Open from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. (extended hours during high season).

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