There's a reason we've been coming here for 20 years
Sitting in the sparkling turquoise Aegean Sea, Lesvos is a warm and sunny emerald gem of Greece. It is a whole continent in miniature: spectacular beaches, high mountains and wild forests on Greece's third largest island.
Due to the island's size and variety, there's something for everyone: beach holidays, activity holidays, gastronomic tours, nature attractions and spectacular geography.
Here at Real Lesvos we aim to gradually make the wonder and attractions of Lesvos more easily available to the UK traveller. In the map below you'll find an ever-increasing list of our favourite things to do and see on Lesvos!
Petra, on the shores of a large horseshoe bay, is a lively town on the north coast of Lesvos. Petra’s charming streets – with their mix of traditional mansion houses, shops and local tavernas – cluster around a striking volcanic rock formation in the centre of town. Climb the 114 steps up to the top of the rock, from which Petra takes its name, and find the church of Our Lady of the Sweet Kisses (Panagia Glykofilousa) which draws visitors and pilgrims from all over Lesvos and Greece.
Summer explorers will find Petra has more going on behind its bustling central square. Tucked behind the church that crowns the rock you can watch people in the village go by while enjoying wine and meze with local Yiorgos and his mother Elenis at their taverna O Kostas. Walk through olive groves to join locals enjoying excellent organic home-cooking at Caravan, or take a long lunch by the beach at Limanaki or Avalaki.
A short walk from the town’s beach, there are excellent examples of Ottoman architecture, striking churches boasting ancient frescos and contemporary artists jostling for space with the village ouzo distillery as well as traditional local shops. If you’re stopping by Petra in August, you’re in luck because the town holds a music festival with live concerts on the beach and local DJs host afterparties! We love the Vareltzidaina House Museum, where you can explore a 17th century Turkish merchant’s home and learn about what life was like in the Ottoman Empire.
All the while, out at sea, a cluster of tiny islands create the perfect setting for evening drinks or dinner.
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