Petra holidays are about relaxing and savouring the unique flavours of Greece. Read on to find out more about this peaceful resort…
Petra is located on the northern shores of pretty Lesbos, where life runs at the same pace as the olives grow in the island’s bountiful groves. A long beach of golden sand and some shingle stretches in front of traditional tavernas and welcoming bars, while trees and parasols provide spots of shade when the sun beats down.
Those who book a Petra holiday can enjoy the hushed and friendly atmosphere of this traffic-free fishing village, where Greek customs linger and where time-honoured recipes steal hearts in restaurants that take immense pride in the local cuisine.
If you are looking for all-inclusive holidays, Petra has a small number of hotels that offer the full package. However, most hotels here welcome guests on a self-catering or bed-and-breakfast basis, with a few half-board options too. Don’t worry, though: you will quickly fall for the delightful tastes of this resort and be glad to try different restaurants throughout your holiday.
Hotels in Petra are of a good standard, with most offering a swimming pool, café and bar.
The island of Lesbos, also spelled Lesvos, is one of the largest Greek islands. Its forests and salt marshes have ensured that tourism development has been low key. This equates to holidays that hark back to an era long gone for some of the better-developed islands nearby. Visitors love the traditional and simple pleasures of Lesbos, especially in small resorts such as Petra.
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Find out when to go to Petra with our brief guide to the weather…
Average daytime temperatures begin to linger above 20C in May, although many come to the island of Lesbos earlier in the spring season to take advantage of the excellent birdwatching opportunities.
The best beach weather, when days are long and hot and the sea has warmed up, is between June and September. July and August are the hottest and busiest months in Petra, with average daytime temperatures reaching 30C.
Late summer is a great time to visit Petra to be a part of the top annual events on the island…
Assumption of Mary; August 15: Petra’s church (Glykfylousa Panagia) is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and this religious day brings out worshippers, stallholders and revellers who join together to create a fun, summertime event.
Sardine Festival; August: The traditional village of Kalloni is just 25 minutes by road from Petra. Head there in August, when the celebrated sardine enjoys its moment in the spotlight. Dancing and merriment accompany the free fish – and the generous supply of ouzo!
International Women’s Festival; September: This renowned Lesbos event takes place in Skala Eressos, which can be reached in just over an hour by road from Petra. This is a well-attended, two-week event, which focusses on the empowerment of women via creativity.
You might not want to do anything but arrive and unwind, but here are a few ideas of things to do during your time in Petra…
Grown-up families: For something a little different, book an excursion to Rabbit Island. The island, which can be seen from Petra, features deserted beaches, great snorkelling and the chance to see native wildlife.
Romance: The village of Petra faces west across the azure waters of the Aegean. That means you have the perfect opportunity to find a waterfront restaurant as the sun dips low on the horizon and take in a romantic sunset together.
Active types: There are just enough water sports on the beach at Petra to keep those looking for an adrenaline rush happy.
Free and cheap: Climb the 100+ steps to the church of Glykfylousa Panagia (Our Lady of the Sweet Kiss). You cannot miss this striking building as it sits high on a rock above the terracotta rooftops of Petra.
Shopping: Wander the bougainvillea-scented backstreets of Petra and visit art galleries, local boutiques and even an ouzo factory where you can purchase a bottle of the strong stuff.