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.
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.
More about Petra
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.
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.