Petra, Lesbos

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Petra is located in Greece
Location within the regional unit
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Coordinates: 39°19′N 26°11′E / 39.317°N 26.183°E / 39.317; 26.183Coordinates: 39°19′N 26°11′E / 39.317°N 26.183°E / 39.317; 26.183
Administrative regionNorth Aegean
Regional unitLesbos
MunicipalityWest Lesbos
 • Municipal unit72.479 km2 (27.984 sq mi)
13 m (43 ft)
 • Municipal unit
 • Municipal unit density46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
811 09
Area code(s)22530
Vehicle registrationMY

Petra (Greek: Πέτρα meaning rock) is a former municipality on the island of Lesbos, North Aegean, Greece. Since the 2019 local government reform it is part of the municipality of West Lesbos, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] It is located at the northwest of Lesbos and comprises the villages Petra, Skoutaros, Stypsi, Lafionas, Ypsilometopo and the settlements Petri and Anaxos.


The region combines exceptional natural beauties: olive groves and forests with pines, oak-trees, cypress-trees as well as fruit-bearing trees, traditional stone built mountain villages with running waters and rich vegetation, but also seaside modern summer holiday settlements with sandy beaches and crystal waters. Petra Lesvos is beginning to sprawl behind its broad, sandy beach and seafront square with a core of old stone houses, many with Levantine-style balconies overhanging the streets. Petra takes its name from the giant monolith located some distance inland and capped by the eighteenth-century church of Panagia Glykofiloussa, reached via 114 rock-hewn steps on the northeast side. The town of Mithymna is approx. 6 km to the north. The municipality has a land area of 72.479 km²[3] and a population of 3,358 at the 2011 census. Its largest towns are Pétra, the municipal seat (pop. 1,208), Stýpsi (855), and Skoutáros (1,037).

Historical population[edit]

Year Community population Municipality population
1981 994 -
1991 915 3,603
2001 1,246 3,749
2011 1,208 3,358

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ "Τροποποίηση του άρθρου 1 του ν. 3852/2010" [Amendment of Article 1 of l. 3852/2010] (in Greek). Government Gazette. p. 1164.
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece.

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