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Patras is the third largest and one of the most important cities in the country.

The capital of Achaia is the most important commercial, industrial, maritime, transportation and tourist centre of the whole region.

Located in the centre of the cultural triangle of Delphi-Olympia-Epidaurus, it is the ideal starting point for excursions to the country's most important archaeological sites, satisfying even the most demanding visitor.

It has a unique charm, an attractive layout and many important buildings (neoclassical, inter-war, industrial etc.).

Thanks to its mild climate, ample entertainment options, great cultural tradition (more than 500 cultural events annually, among them the most famous carnival in Europe) and its leading university schools, it attracts visitors all year round.

  • Mycenaean Cemetery of Voudeni

    Mycenaean Cemetery of Voudeni

  • The bridge of RIO

    The bridge of RIO

  • Old City of Patras

    Old City of Patras

Tourist attractions, venues and activities

 

WALKING IN THE CITY

 • The Ano Poli (Old City), which remains almost intact, resplendent with memories of times past. Climb the scenic stairs of Patreos, Gerokostopoulou or Aghiou Nicholaou Streets, the most famous landmarks of the city.

• The Church of the Pantokratoras, with its copper basilica domes. It is dated to 900 AD.

• The medieval castle. Built during the second half of the sixth century AD using ancient spolia as building material.

• The Roman Odeon (160 AD), west of the acropolis (2,300 seats) next to the beautiful small square of Eikostis-Pemptis Martiou. Around the Odeon lie sarcophagi, mosaics and other archaeological finds.

• Vasileos Georgiou A Square, surrounded by various traditional buildings, the most notable of which is the Apollo Theatre of 1872, designed by the German architect Ernst Ziller as a miniature of La Scala in Milan.

• The new Archaeological Museum (opened in the summer of 2009), located at the northern entrance of the city, the Historical and Ethnological Museum, with exhibits from 1821 until World War II, and the Press Museum, the only of its kind in Greece, which displays newspapers, magazines and rare books from 1815 onwards.

• The church of St. Andrew, the largest in the Balkans. Its large 46m dome is surrounded by twelve smaller domes, representing the disciples of Christ. St. Andrew was crucified next to the source, which is now called the “holy water of St. Andrew”. Parts of his cross and his skull are on display inside the church.

Shore Excursions

Delphi

At the foot of Mount Parnassus, in the fascinating landscape formed between two rocks, the Phaedriades, stands the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was the navel of the earth, where, according to legend, the two eagles sent by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the centre of the world met; for centuries, it was the cultural and religious centre and the symbol of unity of the ancient Greek civilisation.

 

Delphi 

Ancient Olympia

Ancient Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games and the sacred place of Zeus. On a visit to the archaeological site and the museum of Ancient Olympia, you can walk around one of the most important sanctuaries of ancient Greece. Ancient Olympia is located in Elis, at the foot of the Cronios Hill and invites you to take part in the history of Greece. According to one version, Zeus fought here with his father, Cronus, and eventually overthrew him, taking the throne of the gods. In memory of his victory, Zeus created the Olympic Games.

Other recommended shore excursions is Patras Kalavrita through Vouraikos Canyon (Cog railway), the historic city of Galaxidi, the maritime city that boasts 4000 years of history, the Rion-antirrion Bridge and Museum, the historic monasteries of Mega Spileo and Ag. Lavra,the Mycenaean Cemetery of Voudeni, the Strofilia ecosystem etc.

 

Ancient Olympia

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