Petra is also known by locals as Kallikatsou, it’s a type of small crow (jackdaw) that used to nest there.
The famous rock has been a home to more than crows though, in the times of Holy Christodoulos there was a hermitage. Hand made stairs, a water cistern and a drainage system are all visible and functional till today. The one word to describe Petra would be bizarre, climbing to the top will give you an intense feeling that varies from person to person. People have slipped of Petra so do be careful, climbing during night or low visibility is not recommended
Petra beach is organized with umbrellas, sun bedsand a canteen.
It's a natural beach of chunky rocks that runs off Petra towards the south side of the island.
There begins a popular nudist beach called Plaki. It is a sandy beach with small pebbles, there is only one small tree so go early if you want natural shade.
At the end of Plaki begin a collection of small coves and beaches with small pebbles.
You can walk along the road while looking down to select a beach or a cove.
Some are not as accessible as they seem, so do have a good look around before starting your descent. Chances are you will have a hideaway of your own but these coves get shady early during the day because of their natural positioning