Vatera lies in the southeast area of Lesvos enclosed by olive groves, rolling hills and lush, fertile valleys about 50 kilometres from Mytilini.
The beach is very long – about seven kilometres – with good clean sand for much of its length and with the islets of Hios and Psara offshore.
Vatera beach is an ideal place for swimming, watersports, fishing and sailing and it's safe for families with children as there is a gentle shallow shelf into the sea.
There are plenty of summer homes and apartments and the vineyards and fruit orchards give the place a very countryside air.
The chapel of Agios Fokas to the west of the beach was the site of an ancient harbour, now underwater but paving slabs can still be seen.
Agios Fokas is a pleasant place to visit with a small fishing port, attractive cafes and fish tavernas.
Archaeologists have also unearthed some remarkable fossils in the Vatera region. Bones of gigantic horses, mastodons, monkeys and tortoises have been found.
The coast around Vatera is full of craggy rocks and sandy coves. It can be worth hiring a boat to visit coves around Drota, to the east, itself a small fishing village with a tiny beach.
Further east are the beaches of Ammoudeli and Melinta, while inland is the beautiful mountain region around the village of Megalochori, rightly named the 'Little Switzerland' of Lesbos.