A beautiful traditional village in the Northwest part of Lesvos Island, with a long sandy beach. It’s biggest attraction is the imposing rock of 40 meters located in the center of the settlement. The church of Virgin Mary dominates the cliff top. Built in 1724, it has 114 carved steps that will lead you to the top. Petra has a fully organized beach were you can do water sports and scuba diving. There are hotels, restaurants and bars, most of which are right next to the sea. Walking through the settlement you will come across many remarkable neoclassical buildings from the 19th and 20th Century. The Mansion of Vareltzidena with tapestries from the 1800’s is a site you shouldn’t miss.
Petra’s new Schengen Gate operating from April till September will attract cruise ships and sailing boats from all over Greece and Turkey and it will make it easy to have a day trip to Turkey. For nature lovers, the areas around Petra, offer great walking and bicycle trails, like Ligones with the 18 old watermills, an unparalleled monument of nature. Petri, Skoutaros, Agios Alexandros, Stypsi, Ipsilometopo are only a few places you must visit. Avlaki is a beautiful bay only 2mins from Petra and a bit further down Anaxos, with a wonderful sandy beach. Both have tavernas and café bars on the beach.
Main photo by Konstantinos Stamatellis