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Paros Butterflies


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Paros

Sun, sea ,white beaches, olive groves , picturesque country chapels , low vegetation ,vineyards , farm fields : and suddenly a mirage , an optical illusion ...“an oasis “….

7 km west from Parikia , near the Monastery of Christos sto Dasos (or Agios Arsenios ), there is place well known as the «Valley of the Butterflies or Petaloudes» (from a Greek translation), an idyllic landscape of dense vegetation and abundant running water, a unique monument of Natural beauty. The Valley is clearly demarcated from the main road that happens to pass above it. 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 for the shade and a quiet place to rest . The park is open from June to September from 9AM to 8PM. The best way to reach this sight would be by renting a scooter or car and tours are also available from Parikia and Naoussa.

During the months of June to September, huge swarms of Panaxia quadripunctaria (poda) settle on the foliage. When they fly the sight is fantastic because the underside of the wings are a vivid red which contrasts with the blackness of the rest of them.. Visitors are amazed by this fairy tale land, where thousands of butterflies flutter all around, creating a breathtaking image.

A must for any nature lovers.
Something not to be missed.

You should visit the butterflies during summer. Check how to come