Suggestions of Patras area

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It is the largest city in Peloponnisos (165.000 residents), and one of the most important cities of Greece. The capital city of Achaia is an important commercial, industrial, naval, transporting and touristic center of the whole region. It has a unique beauty and interesting town planning and a plenty of remarkable buildings (neoclassical, middle war and industrial buildings) and distinctly separated to Ano Poli and Kato Poli (separation between the upper neighborhoods to lower). In the center of the district “Psila Alonia” with cafes, bars and restaurants, brings youth.
Patra attracts visitors throughout the year, mainly because it is one of the major ports of the country but also because of major events like the famous Carnival. In 2006, the city was nominated as the "Cultural Capital of Europe". 

The ancient city has been created by the unification of three ionic settlements (Arois, Mesatis, Anthia) and it took its name by Patrea , leader of the Achaeans of Sparta who settled here after their expulsion from the Dorians. In the 3rd century BC Achaeans organized the famous Achaean League, which was the first organized form of government in Greece. Here taught Apostle Andreas (68 AD) but was finally tortured and died. He is the patron saint of the city. Patras played a significant role in the Revolution of 1821, but was destroyed completely. After liberation, has developed rapidly and became an important commercial and industrial center, forming the main point of exports to Western Europe. Today with more than 50 ferries to Italy every week, almost all trade in Greece to the European Union passes through the port. With Athens is connected by train and bus. The city lies 219 km west of Athens.

Walk in the city


Short Excursions


  • The Meilichus Bridge, of the roman period (at the intersection of New Highway with road Aretha).
  • The "Mycenaean Park" in Vounteni (7 km from Patras), where in an area of 80000 square meters 65 Mycenaean tombs with rich findings were excavated.
  • The premises of wine “Achaia Clauss” (founded 1861), in a lush green hill (8 km SE of town, near the village Petroto). Here you will find very old objects and barrels with Mavrodafni of 1873, wines of 1885 and cognacs of 1887. It is one of the major tourist attractions in the area (with tastings, wine shop, etc.)
  • Omplos Monastery (14th century), 9 km south, and the Monastery of St. Nicholas (Paleomonastiro) near the village of Balas.
  • Vrachneika (15 km west of the city), popular summer resort of Patras. The region combines the charm of the coastal landscape busy with the many restaurants, super malls, bars and cafes operating here.




  • The Carnival of Patras, internationally renowned and one of the most important in Europe, attracts tourists from around the world (
  • Patras International Festival (summer), with performances, concerts, exhibitions, etc., bringing together world class stars (
  • Ancient Drama Institution with major theatrical performances each summer focusing on the Ancient Odeon.
  • International Festival of Film and Culture with film screenings, photo exhibitions and artists, etc.
  • International Puppet Theater Festival with many events taking place at the initiative of the Municipality of Patras.


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