Petra is a former municipality on the island of Lesbos, North Aegean. It is located at the northwest of Lesbos and comprises the villages Petra, Skoutaros, Stypsi, Lafionas, Ypsilometopo and the settlements Petri and Anaxos. The town Mithymna is approx. 6 km to the north. The municipality has a land area of 72.479 km² and a population of 3,358 people.
The unique unspoiled beauty of Lesvos (Lesbos) is an astonishing contrast to lush splendour of the rest of the cosmopolitan islands with its mysterious forests, dramatic coastline, tranquil sunsets and rugged mountains.
A wealth of opportunities allows every visitor to pursue particular interests from sporting and adventure activities to cultural and leisure attractions. The mild Mediterranean climate, warm hospitality and friendliness of the people make your holidays to Lesvos island an unforgettable experience...
There are numerous sand and pebble beaches and many sheltered and isolated coves dotted along the spectacular indented coastline.
Molyvos, also known as Mythimna is one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Lesvos located 60 km west of Mytilene, the capital of the island. Molyvos is a traditional preserved settlement attracting thousands of visitors with its natural beauty and picturesque corners. Narrow alleys winding around the traditional stone built houses, the Turkish style fountains and beautiful mansions compose an idyllic setting. The landmark of Molyvos is the medieval castle that stands at the top of the rocky cliff and is the second largest castle of Lesvos. Its entrance is quite impressive as well as the view to the Aegean. The archaeological collection, the numerous Byzantine churches and the neoclassical buildings witness a place of special importance. Plenty of accommodations, seaside taverns and nice cafes are found in the village. Some kilometres outside Molyvos is Eftalou, a stunning location with beautiful isolated beaches.
Eftalou beach is a pebbled and sandy beach located 60 km north west of Mytilene and 3 km from km from Molyvos Town. Eftalou is famous for the natural springs that can be seen right on the beach. It has several facilities such as restaurants, taverns, hotels, and many more amenities. Clear waters are ideal for swimming and it also offers renovated bath houses that have communal and private tubs. The distance from the airport to the beach is about 72 km.
The town of Skala Kaloni is both the port, beach and tourist center of Kaloni. The water is shallow and almost never rough and the beaches are very sandy. There are several restaurants along the shore and in the town square, along with supermarkets, hotels, tourist shops etc. The port, which is home to the island's sardine fishing fleet is colorful and active but to see them unloading their catch you have to get there pretty early in the morning. If you do you can buy a container of sardeles pastes when they are in season usually in July and August. Perhaps because of the surrounding mountains the bay of Kaloni is a great place for wind-surfing.
Forty-two kilometers from Mytilini on the southern coast of Lesvos, Plomari, the ouzo capital of Greece, is built amphitheatrically near the sea and is the second largest town on the island after Mytilini. This is where the famous Barbayannis Ouzo comes from as well as several other smaller labels like the excellent Ouzo Giannatsi, both distilled in the traditional method. Whether it's from drinking the extra strong ouzo that many of the inhabitants seem to favor or for some other reason, Plomarian's have the reputation of being a little bit crazy and enjoying life to its fullest. The women of Plomari have the reputation of being a bit stubborn or to put it in better terms strong-willed.
Anaxos is a nice tourist resort lying 60 km north west of Mytilene, the capital of Lesvos between the villages Petra and Molyvos. The area combines an extraordinary natural beauty and some modern facilities that make this area ideal for family holidays.The beach is surrounded by olive groves, oak-trees and pine forests.
It is long and sandy with crystalline shallow waters for nice swimming, and extremely safe for the children. Numerous umbrellas and sundecks cover the shore and a beach bar. A few restaurants and taverns line the beachfront offering delicious seafood and many more delicacies of Lesvos. There is a frequent bus service during the summer months that connect some villages with Anaxos beach.
Mytilene is the capital of the Greek island of Lesbos, and its port. It is also the capital and administrative center of the North Aegean Region, and hosts the headquarters of the University of the Aegean. It was founded in the 11th century BC.
Mytilini is not a town. It's a city. But it is an amazing little city full of life and surprises and if you are someone with a long history in Greece it may actually remind you of Athens or Pireaus in the fifties.
The Gulf of Gera has to be one of the most beautiful area in Greece and therefore in all the world. Like the Gulf of Kaloni it is a large bay with a small mouth and a breeding ground for sardines and other fish and sea creatures. Also like Kaloni it is surrounded by olive groves and forests and some of the most fertile land on the island. There are large areas of wetlands and marshes, home for wild birds and animals and there are also hot-springs in the area of Thermi, a 15 minute drive from the city of Mytilini. There are a number of small sea-food tavernas that serve the freshest local fish and are inexpensive. The towns in Yera are mostly agricultural and those on the coast of the bay were formerly industrial with tanneries and olive-oil factories. The ruins of these factories create an interesting background to the natural beauty of the sea and coast.
The 9-kilometers Vatera Beach is the longest beach in Lesvos. You will be fascinated from its splendid, clear, blue waters and its white sand. It’s a beautiful beach, where there are many beach bars that provide visitors with umbrellas, sunbeds, food and soft drinks. You can also do various watersports. Vatera is a resort where you can find many souvenir shops, restaurants and fish taverns.
Skala Eressos, with its 3km unspoiled beach and crystal clear sea, is a unique village on the beautiful island of Lesvos, and offers a warm welcome to independent travellers & holiday makers from all over the world.
Skala Mistegnon is a large and calm beach, situated 17km northwest of Mytilene, the capital of Lesvos. The surrounding area is discreetly covered with lush greenery, tall pine trees and olive groves. The waters create the ideal conditions for swimming. The beach is not organized but it is a good place for various activities. It is surrounded by many hotels and apartments and rooms for rent. There are a few restaurants and traditional taverns right on the beachfront with delicious seafood and many other delicacies for the visitors to enjoy.
Pyrgi Thermi is a real Greek village only 11 km north from the old town of Mytilini (buses every half hour) and 20km from the airport of Lesvos. Besides the superb swimming and the excellent ouzo at the water side tables, there are many other reasons to choose Pyrgi Thermi for your holidays: first of all because it has been untouched by modern tourism, second because of its archaeological interest. Pyrgi Thermi offers you a unique opportunity to explore its history. Pyrgi means tower in Greek and at the end of the 19th century there were 160 pyrgi in this area.