Holidays in Patra

Patra info

Patra is the third largest town in Greece and one of the biggest ports of the country. Due ot its geographical location, the port of Patra connects Greece with the Ionian islands and towns of Italy (Bari, Brindisi, Ancona, Venice and Trieste). In fact, the town owes its cultural and economical development to this port. Being the capital of Achaia Prefecture, Patra is usually visited as a transportation hub or for its Carnival, the most famous Carnival in Greece that takes place in February or March. Carnival celebrations last for about six weeks and include performances, concerts and a big parade the last Sunday of the Carnival. The town took its name from Patrea, who settled there along with other Achaeans in the ancient times. The town didn't actually have an important role in the Greek history till 146 BC, when it was conquered by the Romans. After the liberation of Patra in the late 1820s, the town was rebuilt according to an architectural plan of Stamatis Voulgaris. Parallel streets were contructed, ample squares and beautiful gardens were designed and the town was divided in two parts, the Upper (Ano Poli) and the Lower (Kato Poli) Town. Ano Poli keeps its traditional style, with Neoclassical and Venetian residences, stairs and oaved paths. Kato Poli is more modern and busy.

Airtickets to Patra

Patra doesn't have an airport, so it can only be reached by car or public transportation. We can offer airtickets to Athens airport through our online booking system and then there is connection to Patra by bus, train or car.

Hotels in Patra

There is a variety of hotels, apartments and rooms to let in Patra, depending on the type of holidays you would prefer. You can find more information at the section of Patra hotels.

Transfer & car rental in Patra

In order to reach Patra without using a public transportation, you can rent a car from Athens airport through our online booking system.

Sightseeing and tours in Patra

Medieval Castle
Located on a hill above the town, the Castle of Patras dates from the Medieval times and remains strong till today. It offers great views of the town and the port. In summer, cultural events are organized there.

The Roman Odeon
The Roman Odeon of Patras was accidentally discovered in 1889 by workers and since then it has been renovated. In summer, it hosts musical concerts and theatrical performances.

The church of Saint Andrew
The church of Saint Andrew (Agios Andreas) is the most important church in Patras, as this is the patron saint of the town. This modern church was founded in 1908 by King George I on the site of a former Byzantine chapel that existed there since the 1st century AD. It is said that the church has been built on the site where Saint Andrew, the student of Jesus Christ, was crucified by the Romans in 66 AD. Close to the church, there is the "spring of Saint Andrew", which pours out holy water.

Achaia Clauss
Achaia Clauss is one of the oldest and most famous wineries in Greece. For Patra, this is a historical winery as it contributed in the financial developement of the town in the middle 19th century. Founded by the German Gustav Clauss in 1861, the winery produces the best mavrodaphne in Greece, a sweet and strong wine. A part of its establishment is open to visitors, who can see there traditional equipment and ways to produce wine.

The Archaeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum of Patras was recently inaugurated and it is the second biggest museum of Greece. Although the plans for its construction started in the late 1980s, the museum actually opened in July 2009. Built on a plot of 28,000 sq.m., the Archaeological Museum of Patra has an interior space of 8,000 sq.m. and a wonderful yard with pool. The dome is metallic and a cultural park will be created next to the museum in the following years.

Travel tourism information in Patra

Tourist Police of Patra       +30 2610 451833
Prefecture of Achaia          +30 2610 638301
Kalavrita Ski Resort           +30 26920 24451
Municipality of Kalavrita    +30 26920 22390
Bus Station of Patra           +30 2610 623886
Train Station of Patra         +30 2610 639108


Restaurants and nightlife in Patra

Restaurants, taverns, traditional products, it's all here waiting for you to enjoy. One thing you will not be missing in Achaia and this is definitely the good food. Patra is a pretty lively town especially because of the many university students who live here and the locals who have particular temperament on the fun, as is seen from the Carnival of Patras. The city has numerous cafes, bar, clubs and restaurants, mainly in the center: the pavement of Agiou Nikolaou, the George I Square, the pedestrian street Gerokostopoulou (where university students mainly frequented) and the surrounding streets and closely the Square Ipsila Alonia.

Special places of interest in Patra

The impressive Rio-Antirio bridge officially the Charilaos Trikoupis bridge after the statesman who first envisioned it, is the World's longest multi-span cable-stayed bridge. It crosses the Gulf of Corinth near Patras, linking the town of Rion on the Peloponnese to Antirion on mainland Greece. You can walk across it for free. On the Patra side, there are the most popular strip of clubs and cafes along the water to visit. On the Antirio side, right next to the bridge are historical ruins that you can tour.