Petra is about 55 km away from Mytilene. Characteristic is the 40 meters rock, which dominates the region and at the top the Virgin Mary Church was built. The area is one of the touristiest developed on the island. Petra seems inhabited since ancient times, proven by the ancient (Greek) graves found in the area Keramidaria, 600 meters outside the village. At the top of the cliff is one of the most important religious monuments of the island and certainly the most remarkable in the region. This is the church of the Virgin Mary, built in the early 18th century. To get to it, you will have to climb the 114 steps cut into the rock.
Petra is full of well-preserved mansions built in the 19th and 20th centuries, with green courtyards and beautiful ornate door knockers. Big interest is the restored mansion of Vareltzidena, which is characterized as unique in the island of Lesvos to the internal layout and beautiful frescoes. It is a listed building, built in the early 18th century. The area is one of the most developed tourist places of the island. It has many restaurants and bars, which are not affecting the picturesque village. The beach in Petra is fully regulated one of the most beautiful on the island. The beach is 3 km long, the crystal clear waters are ideal for swimming and water sports. Directly opposite of the beach are the uninhabited islands, the largest of which is St. George, the other is a small island, Glaronissi and the island called Ant, which are a protected wild bird area and act as ecological observatories.
The Agricultural Association of Petra is in the area, which provides accommodation with rooms around the village of Petra and offering traditional homemade breakfast. There is also a restaurant in the village square on the first floor in the main building where guests can taste delicious homemade dishes, prepared with local ingredients and traditional recipes of the island.
Anaxos is located 2.5 km from Petra. It has a great beach and many tavernas and rooms for rent. 3.5 km by Anaxos is the Tsichranta beach and Ampelia beach. The Avlaki beach is also good for swimming, located at the road from Petra towards Anaxos.
The village Lafiona is located southwest from Petra, 5km away. It is a picturesque village with a fantastic view over Petra and Molyvos.
Demographic and historical data
The municipality of 3.749 inhabitants and is 75,329 big. Location of the municipality is Petra and includes 5 Municipal Districts: Petra, Lafiona, Skoutaro, Stypsi and Ypsilometopo. Petra had been inhabited since ancient times, proven by the ancient (Greek) graves found in Keramidaria, 600 meters outside the village. We have also found coins of the Roman era, Byzantine reliefs, a two headed eagle in the precinct of the Virgin Mary and fresos of the 16th century AD in the St. Nicholas church.
Mansion of Vareltzidaina
In Petra, the mansion of Vareltzidaina is one of the few examples of traditional princely residences in Lesvos. This structure of the 18th/19th century belonged to the secular architecture of Lesvos at the late Ottoman time by marrying locals and oriental elements with neo-classicism, Byzantine architecture and the baroque style. The current name of the mansion is a translation of the adjective recent owners, Bardaktsoglou (Bardaki, Turkish keyword: barrel), which marks the wine.
Petra Agricultural Association
In 1983 the first Greek Agricultural Association of Women in Petra of Lesvos was launched, the 580,000 women farmers in Greece were at the margins socially and in business. The 40 farmer women of Petra succeeded in creating a successful business and gave the message of social and professional integration of farmer women in all Greece, first of all, in the department of Lesvos.
Holy Temple of Virgin Mary
On the northwestern side of the island in the enchanting and cosmopolitan village of Petra there is the Virgin Mary church which is built on a rock, where 114 steps at the northern side are leading to the church. It is an important pilgrimage site of the island and visitors are coming during the days of August, the shrine of the Virgin Mary, as well as the sequence of the Good Friday and the Conduct of Epitaph.
Church of Agios Nikolaos
At a short distance from the church of the Panagia, the church of St. Nicholas is conveniently located, a beautiful small monument near the huge plane tree in the village. This is a basilica aisle of the 17th century with rare frescoes on which stands the unique of the time of the hanging of Judah is displayed.
The beach of Petra is fully regulated and is one of the most beautiful on the island. The beach is 3 km long, the crystal clear waters are ideal for swimming and water sports. It is an organized beach that gives swimmers all modern amenities and there is adequate infrastructure for water sports and games. There are many restaurants and entertainment shops along the beach. The uninhabited islands are directly opposite the beach, the largest is St. George, the other one is a small island, Glaronissi and the island called Ant.
The Avlaki beach is located at the exit of Petra towards Anaxos. It is a small, beautiful beach next to a small port. There are restaurants in the area where you can enjoy your dishes.