Visit a sun-soaked turquoise bay, perched on the northern coast of the island of Lesbos for holidays to Petra. You can expect a warm welcome when you arrive in this traditional fishing village that’s brimming with Greek charm. And you won’t be able to resist heading straight for the Blue Flag beach that backs onto the historic village, either. Make your way through cobbled streets, past terracotta-coloured buildings and inviting tavernas, and pick up a souvenir at the bustling local market. Must-visit attractions on holidays to Petra are the church perched high on the rocks, and the 18th century mansion-come-museum.
Enjoy the best weather in early summer
Mytilene International Airport (MJT)
Book your Thomas Cook holiday to Petra to experience award-winning beaches, climb the steps of the famous Panagia Glykofilousa and try the best ouzo in Lesbos.
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There’s lots of fun to be had on Petra holidays, starting with the sand-and-shingle beach. This is the busiest area in the village, and with its picture-perfect setting and sparkling shoreline, it’s no wonder. Once you’ve finished relaxing, you’ll be ready for a stroll around the maze of cobbled streets, where you can take pictures of the classic whitewashed architecture, and pick up a bottle of the island’s finest ouzo to take home with you. If you’re feeling particularly energetic, the climb up to Panagia Glykofilousa is well worth it; you’ll be rewarded with glorious views when you reach the top.
This idyllic island escape serves up a long, smooth stretch of sand-and-shingle beach, which melts away into shallow, crystal-clear waters. It has Blue Flag status for its superb upkeep, and it’s dotted with sunloungers and parasols. Plus, a beautiful landscape or soaring hills and thick greenery provides a stunning backdrop; this is one of the prettiest and most peaceful spots anywhere in Lesbos. Water sports adventures await on holidays to Petra, too; windsurfing and sea kayaking are firm favourites.
Petra’s traditional village is full of shady squares, terracotta-topped buildings and beautifully preserved architecture. Make your way through the cobblestone streets to find tavernas, art galleries and boutiques galore, and you’ll eventually come out at the beach. This place is also home to a small ouzo distillery, where you can sample some of the strong stuff (if you can handle it!). The main landmark is the Panagia Glykofilousa church, which sits proudly above the village on a 40-metre-high cliff overlooking the ocean. You’ll have to climb 114 steps before you reach the top, but you can soak up far-reaching, panoramic views when you reach your destination. Another historic highlight in Vareltzidena's house, an 18th century mansion that’s been transformed into a museum; here you’ll see what life would’ve been like here in the past.
If you fancy a change of scenery on Petra holidays, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do. You can take a glass-bottomed boat tour out to the Aegean Sea, passing by three small islands en route. These are all nature reserves, and the observation centre on Rabbit Island is a fantastic spot to see wildlife and birds. As Petra is tucked away between the medieval town of Molyvos and peaceful Anaxos, you can easily reach both of these destinations. There’s a mini-train running from the resort, or you can go on foot (it’ll take around 35 minutes to walk).
Couples: Boasting a romantic old village, a pretty beach and plenty of waterfront restaurants, this is the perfect setting for a break for two. Watching the sunset over the horizon is the ideal way to end a day in the sunshine.
Beach lovers: You’ll love relaxing on one of the finest Blue Flag beaches on the island. Think silky-soft sand backed by a bustling waterfront, with lots of cafés to laze around in, and water sports galore.
Sightseers: Petra is an absolute treasure trove of attractive architecture. You’ll find a picture-perfect church (Panagia Glykofilousa) on towering 40 metres high over the village.
Language: Greek, although English is widely spoken throughout Petra’s main tourist hotspots, hotels and restaurants. Pick up a phrasebook or download our handy language app and try out a few Greek basics for yourself.
Currency: Euro (€)
Local time: Petra is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Mytilene International Airport. The transfer time to Petra is 1.5 hours.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Petra is 4 hours.
Tourist information: To find out more about Petra, Lesvos, visit www.visitgreece.gr.
Visa & health: Check out www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for health and visa recommendations and advice for holidays to Petra.
Temperature: Summertime average of 27°C.
Best time to visit: Want the best beach weather? Book Petra holidays for the early summer months (it’s hot but not too hot).
The island of Lesvos enjoys a sunny Mediterranean climate, and that means hot, dry summers with long hours of sunshine. Average temperatures hover in the mid-to-high 20s (°C) from June to September. The hottest months of the year are July and August.
By bus: There’s an efficient network running from Petra to nearby resorts like Mytilene and Molyvos. They go every hour or so, and tickets are cheap.
By car: If you’re interested in exploring further afield, driving is the best way to get around in Petra. There are plenty of car hire companies at the airport, and the roads in Lesbos are generally good and well signposted.
By taxi: Taxis run on a meter here, and they’re readily available at the airport and in the resort itself. They can be a good option for short daytrips if you aren’t hiring a car, but check the fare before you start your trip.
Skala Kalloni Sardine Festival: Around half an hour’s drive away, you’ll come across the island’s sardine capital in the Bay of Kaloni. Every August, Skala Kaloni celebrates the fruits of its region, and the festival features (you guessed it) freshly-caught sardines. They’re served with a side of free ouzo in the town square, plus live music and Greek dancing.
Carnival: In the week leading up to Lent, the island joins in with traditional Carnival festivities. Events take place across Lesbos, and in Petra you’ll enjoy lively parades and colourful costumes, plus plenty of local food to go around.