Situated a few kilometres away from Molyvos, the government has made a specific effort to make Petra an attractive destination for tourists and the efforts are definitely paying off. With a Blue Flag beach lined with tavernas, welcoming cafes that serve traditional Greek dishes and a culture that is absorbed in the art scene with local galleries opening up in the village style street, Petra is an ideal place for a family holiday.
Petra’s Blue Flag beach is a large stretch that spans the length of the town. Backed by a big selection of tavernas and cafes, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy a spot of Greek cuisine while soaking up the beach life of Lesbos. On the beach itself there are plenty of umbrellas and sun loungers so that visitors can enjoy the warm Greek weather and the changing rooms and showers are convenient if you’ve had a dip in the sea!
With tourists shops selling little trinkets to take home and local cafes serving up coffee, lunch and the odd glass of Ouzo, the main street is a treat to wander down and you could spend an afternoon or two soaking up the atmosphere. Alternatively, climb 114 steps to the top of the rock in the middle of Petra. There are great views from up here and a church named Our Lady of the Sweet Kiss.
There are plenty of restaurants, tavernas and bars on the main street in Petra but head into the backstreets and that’s where you’ll find the local and more unique setting to enjoy and evening meal. Some restaurants will even do a Greek Night with traditional music and dancing to entertain guests. A lively nightlife is common around the seafront so that’s the place to enjoy a small glass of Ouzo after dinner!