The sleepy backstreet's are reminiscent of the more traditional villages on the island, making it ideal for those seeking a taste of real Greece.
A few kilometres from Molyvos lies the village of Petra, which offers a calm and quaint centre closed off to the local traffic. The sleepy backstreet's are reminiscent of the more traditional villages on the island, making it ideal for those seeking a taste of real Greece. Petra is built around a 100 ft rocky top which holds the church of Panagia Glykophilousa (Our Lady of the Sweet Kiss) at its summit. Along the front of the village lies a long beach and plenty of restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a cool drink after a long day of exploring. In the centre of Petra lies a very old Turkish house, reputedly the oldest house on the island of Lesvos.
Who holidays in Petra?
Those seeking a quiet town to explore on-foot, with plenty of places to enjoy a leisurely drink.
- Ancient history
- Galleries, shops and cafes
- Lovely beach area
- A popular town centre
Things To Do
Watersports and scuba diving are very popular on Lesvos. There are many beaches offering water-based activities such as canoeing, windsurfing, pedalos and much more.
Explore the island's coast on a glass-bottomed boat or on a catamaran. There are also regular trips available to the nearby islands of Chios and Samos, as well as to the nearby coastline of Turkey.
You can enjoy many leisurely activities whilst on holiday in Lesvos, including walking and hiking. Lesvos offers a great selection of scenic and historical walking trails for those seeking a slow pace as well as those seeking a challenging hilly trek. Enjoy the flowers that bloom from May to October in this walker's paradise. You can also explore Lesvos by bicycle, following paths that journey past coves, villages, beaches, meadows and thermal springs. This is a great way to discover magical secluded coves and the real nature of Lesvos.
Lesvos has become a popular spot for bird watchers as its fertile land and variety of trees attract many species of birds. Whether you are an enthusiast or not, it is hard to resist stopping for a while to enjoy the sweet bird song that fills the air during the summer months. Nature lovers will enjoy the extensive wildlife that inhabits the island.
Things To See
It is well worth exploring all of the different villages, beaches and towns that Lesvos has to offer. Stop at beautiful beaches such as Skala Eressos and Vetera, explore traditional villages such as Agiassos and be sure to visit the charming medieval town of Molyvos. The capital of Lesvos, Mytilini, is home to a historic castle. There are also museums and ancient settlements to discover at the monastery in Limonos offers an interesting selection of artefacts on display for visitors.
There are various thermal springs located around the island for those who are interested in learning about the benefits of these natural waters.