Rhodes - 1/2 Day Filerimos & The Butterfly Valley
08:00 - 13:00 or 13:30 - 18:30
The excursion includes licensed Guides and deluxe motor coaches and commences with a visit to Filerimos. Here the guests will visit the ruins and foundations of the Temple of Zeus Polieus and a Doric Fountain, dating back to the 4th century and of Athena Polias, dating back to the 3rd century. Together with these ancient remains are other Byzantine and medieval structures, such as the church of Our Lady of Filerimos, built by the Knights in the 15th century and the Church of St. George, which has wall-paintings dating back to the 14th and 15th century. The 12 stations of the Crucifixion, with its many steps and scenes from the Passion are very striking.
The excursion continues to the enchanting site of the Valley of the Butterflies. This is a lush green valley, with a little river running through it. The site is beautifully arranged, with little wooden bridges, stone steps and an uphill path which leads to the Monastery of the Virgin of Kalopetra, built in 1784. The Valley of the Butterflies is a unique natural park, where each year, from June to September, thousands of multi colored butterflies appear. They live here, attached to the tree trunks, living from the sap, then lay their eggs and multiply. The characteristic scent of the pine resin, which attracts the butterflies, the coolness from the abundantly flowing waters, makes this a little paradise even in the hot days of midsummer.