The village of Petra (Stone), in the north part of the island, is mentioned in the Homers Ilias as the mythical anchorage of Achilles. The settlement is built on the beach and around the famous rock to which it owns its modern name. On the top of the rock is situated the church of "Sweet Kissing" Mary Virgin, built in 1747. Greatly impressive is the festival of the 15th of August at Petra in honor of Virgin Mary, where the strict observance of customs of Lesvos creates an image fascinating for the stranger.
Outside the gulf of Petra, the little islands of St George and of Psira frame one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world than any visitor has to see. There is a good reason for the rapid increase of the number of visitors and at the same for the development of the infrastructure of the area. That's why the beautiful beaches of Petra and Anaxos are filled every summer with people who can still find the calmness at the small villages of Lesvos.