About Petra and Lesvos, short introduction

Lesvos Travel Blog

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We had a great vacation on Lesvos. It is a beautiful island with many sights, really nice people, delicious food, and great weather ;) Better then in the Netherlands anyways.

The island has a great history. First it was part of the Roman Empire, after that split up it became part of the Bizantine Empire. After a lot of struglles, and invasions by pirates, the island was invaded by the Bizantine Empire once more in 1204, and later given away as a gift to the Italian Gateluzo family. This family took good care of the island untill it was conquered by the Turks in 1462. They weren't defeatd untill 1912, and the island became an official Greek island in 1922.

Lesvos is one big monument. The whole island became a monument not so long ago, which means there are no big hotels (except for two in the city of Eftalou), no MacDonalds, Burger King or any other of those fast food things. They want to keep Lesvos as it is, a typical Greek island. Lesvos is famous for it's sardines, olive oil and olive wood sculptures. There are also many museums, churches, beautiful beaches, traditional villages and hot springs.

We stayed in Petra, close to the sea. It's a small village in Northern Lesvos, with about 1,000 inhabitants during Summer. In Wintertime it reduces to about 250. There are many shops, hotels and restaurants along the shore, but there are also very nice places to find a little further away . Petra is build around a rock with a church; Glykfylousa Panagia, but more abut that later.
Some streets are really small, but that gives you the feeling that you are indeed staying in an old town, not a modern new build one :). traffic is plenty though, especially along the shore where cars are allowed. Most people ride on scooters or motorcycles to the backstreets, because those are to small for even one car to go there.
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