Lacy coastlines, mountains, forests, caves,
rivers and stunning scenery, in combination with a mild climate, make Rhodes an
ideal destination for nature lovers.
In Rhodes the nature lover has the
opportunity to wander around the countless paths that bring them closer to
nature and explore breathtaking landscapes and sites of unique beauty,
protected by the European network Natura 2000.
- The Valley of the Butterflies is a unique
habitat of rare natural beauty and great ecological value, home to the phylum
Panaxia Quadripunctaria butterfly.It is
an extremely popular destination for thousands of holidaymakers on the island
The Valley of the Butterflies boasts of a
natural environment of unequalled beauty, composed by lush vegetation and an
adorable maze of gargling streams along the masterfully designed pathways
throughout the area.
Also to be visited in the Valley: the
Museum of Natural History of the island of Rhodes, located right at the entrance
of the site, where visitors have the opportunity to delve into the secrets of
this unique ecosystem.
- The slopes of mount Prophet Elias are
wholly covered by pines and cypresses, rare species of shrubs and plants such
as Paeonia Rhodia, and orchids (10 species grow only in Rhodes). In
acknowledgement of its great monuments, beauty and uniqueness, the area
starting from Kamiros and including Prophet Elias, Atavyros, Akramytis,
Kymisala, Vasilikos, Fournoi and Prasonisi has has been granted a special
protection status under NATURA 2000 EU program.
- The same program provides for the
protection of the marine aspects of these zones habitat and reproductive areas
for the Caretta-Caretta turtles and Monachus-Monachus seals as well as asite
(mostly in Prassonisi) on the route of migratory birds to and from the southern
• Throughout the island one comes across a
rare species of deer known as Platoni or Dama-Dama. Hence one of Rhodes ancient
names of Elafousa.
- The artificial water reservoir of Ancient
Eleousa, the modern dam at Gadouras and lake Nanoi have in themselves shaped
unique landscapes, which amongst others form the habitat of the unique endemic
and endangered “ghizani” (Ladigesocypris ghigii), a small fish that lives only
in the fresh waters of Rhodes. In recent years, it has enjoyed the supervision
and protection of specialists from the Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes.
- Equus caballus is a rare breed of pygmy
horses that lived many years ago in a semi-wild state in the dense forests of
the Archangelos region. Their height ranges from 0.80 to 1.20 m. Today there
are no more than 10 horses of this practically extinct species, living
protected by the members of the PHAETHON club in Archangelos, in a specially
designed area that is open to the public.
Throughout the island of Rhodes, there are
18 marked footpaths leading nature lovers to the highlands of the island and
reserve unique experiences.
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Nature tourism is a rapidly developing
Rodos offers a multitude of possibilities: Trekking, mountain
biking, scuba diving and horseback riding by the sea are just a few of the
organised activities that offer unique experiences for nature lovers.