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Review: Petra

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Lesvos, Greece

A little known Greek gem

  • By SilverTraveller bridgetj

    3 reviews

  • Jul 2010
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Lesvos or Lesbos is one of the largest but least populated Greek Island and we have been going on holiday there for about 12 years. It is a volcanic island with many hot springs and is about 12miles of the Turkish coast. We have tried other places but love its laid back feel and the friendliness of its people. Our favourite place to stay is the Alma Beach in Petra. This is a family run hotel with a salt water pool. It has its own hot water spring which provide unlimited hot spa water for the bathtubs in the rooms. There is a small beach within a few hundred yards of the hotel with coarse red volcanic sand and three tavernas.

There is an excellent local bus service which will take you to Anaxos a small resort a few miles away, or Molivos a beautiful small town built on a hill topped by a castle. Molivos has a busy harbour, live music and an open air cinema. At night it is well lit and bustles with many tavernas. If you take the bus to the end of its journey you arrive at Efftalou. Here there is small village and a very ancient hot spa which it is believed the Roman Emperors bathed here for their health. Today some European doctors recommend bathing in these waters for a whole range of complaints. The pool has a white domed roof lit by holes which let in the sunlight. The water is very hot. You alternately bathe in the sea and sit in the pool. Everyone wears swimsuits. You sit in the hottub with other visitors – you strike up conversations with people from all over the world.

Afterward we ate in a taverna set in the mountain above the large pebbles beach, before catching the bus back to Petra.

We love this place and so do many others. We find many of our fellow travellers have been seduced by this place and visit over and over again. Beware if you go once you may be returning for ever.

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