Petra – Lesvos

 

Transfer Time – 1 hour 30 minutes

Best For – Couples and families wanting plenty daytime and nightie activity

Petra is a wonderful Greek, seaside village located on the north of Lesvos, overlooked by a tiny little church on the rocky hilltop. With stunning scenery and pine covered mountains, lush valleys, as well as beaches, night-life and clear waters, its no wonder people have started to return here year after year.

This charming resort has a lot to do during the day, many families choose to spend the days playing on the beach, soft golden sand and gentle shallow waters make it perfect for young children and non swimmers. There are plenty sun loungers and parasols too for hire and a good selection of cafés and tavernas offering a cool drink and lunch and a place to escape the midday sunshine. There is a small selection of water sports, but Skalla Kalloni is easily reached by local bus service and they offer a much larger selection.

Petra has many, many small cobbled streets leading to galleries, gift shops and even to a cultural centre, or climb the 114 steps to sit atop Petra’s rock. So there is plenty to see if you don’t want to sunbathe.

Petra isn’t a particularly large resort but offers a lively night-life, with many bars, cafés and cocktail bars open until the early hours, and even a couple of discos for the young or young at heart. Eating out in Petra couldn’t be easier, there are plenty of cafés, snack bars and a few international restaurants and of course the traditional Greek tavernas are always a popular choice, local produce, especially fresh fish and local vegetables lovingly prepared and the waiters will often put on a floor show of traditional Greek dancing and plate smashing, excellent entertainment for all the family.

Lesvos is the third largest of the Greek islands and has many places of natural beauty and if you can bear to drag yourself away from Petra, you really should try to take some of these lovely places in. Rabbit Island is a firm favourite, a nature refuge with an observation centre, watching many local and migrating birds as they stopoff on their long journeys. Historically, Lesvos has a lot to offer, especially in the islands capital Mytilene, with its castle, Roman theatre and many areas of archaeological interest. Another idea for a day trip would be The Petrified Forest, stone like and tar coloured, the remains of millions of trees that have been excavated from volcanic ash, which both killed them but also preserved them, its pretty awesome.

The Island of Lesvos has something for everyone, becoming more and more popular every year, sun worshippers paradise indeed.

Joanna Baker

About Joanna Baker

23 years and counting which included 2 years YTS with Team Travel, 3 years in Crete as a rep for LTS/Sunworld. 11 years in Lincoln/TUI (6 years self-employed), 8 years with Low Cost Sunshine

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