Holidays in Achaia

Achaia info

Achaia, the prefecture at the top of the Peloponnese has much to offer the modern tourist. The local population frequent the region as a holiday destination, but it often goes unvisited by foreign tourists. The region offers tourists a different side of Greece. The mountains and countryside of the region is harsh but beautiful. The locals as some of the best in the country know the beaches. As is often the case, these places are found when you are not really looking for them. Patra is the capital of the prefecture, a modern city, Greece's third largest, and one of the cultural centres of the country. Many tourists only see the city as a place to transfer from buses to ferries, but there is plenty to explore and enjoy. Other major cities are Egio, Kalavrita, Rio and Diakofton. The history of the region is long and varied. Homer and the Bible make long reference to the prefecture. There is speculation on how the region got its name, possibly by the Achaean settlers arrived after they were driven out by the Dorian Invaders. The tumultuous history of the region has continued until more recent times, when after invasion by the Venetians, Ottomans and other crusaders, the region once again became a part of Greece in 1821.

Airtickets to Achaia

Achaia 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 Achaia by bus, train or car.

Hotels in Achaia

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

Transfer & car rental in Achaia

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

Sightseeing and tours in Achaia

There are two skiing resorts in the area, one on Mount Panachaicus, west of the mountain top east of Patra and the other on Aroania, sometimes still called Mount Chelmos near Kalavrita. On Mount Chelmos there is also an observatory. A narrow guage, rack and pinion railway runs the 30 kilometres between Kalavrita and Zahlorou, offering stunning scenery and a part of Greece that is often missed by the modern tourist. Odontotos, as it's called, has been described as the most spectacular rail route in the Balkans, with a view to the deep blue of the Corinthian Bay and a course through the dense oak & pine forests, and the bridges over the steep cliffs, covering a distance of 22 Km from Diakofton to Kalavrita. Near to Kalavrita is the Moni Agias Lavras, a tenth century monastery burned down by the Nazis during the second world war. Close to Kalavrita, near the town of Kastria is the fascinating Cave of the Lakes, a 2km stretch of water that passes under a system of caves, revealing lace work walls in the summer.

Travel tourism information in Achaia

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 Achaia

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. At Egio, the nightlife has nothing to envy from a big city. In the centre of Egio the classic meeting point is the cafes and bars in the street Mitropoleos, full of life from the morning until late at night, as well as the elegant bars with the music of every kind. At the Ipsila Alonia square of the town of Egio, visitors can enjoy the coffee in the majestic Corinthian balcony overlooking the mountains of Roumeli, as Parnassos and Giona.

Special places of interest in Achaia

At Achaia’s beaches it is certain that you will never get bored, either you go west to Ionian Sea or east to Patraikos or Korinthiakos gulfs. Beaches with sand, pebble, rocky beaches, isolated or crowded beaches, picturesque beaches, calm, and wild. There is a beach for every taste. From Aigira to Rio the sea and its beaches have common characteristics. Sparkly clean, fresh enough waters, challenging bed. Beaches with pebble, 3-5 metres wide. And when you get sunburnt, you will certainly find some shadow and several trees close to the beach. From Rio to Kaminia waters are still fresh and clean but the pebble is much finer. But the scenery is the same. From Kato Achaia to Kalogria the sand is just unending. The sea here is shallow and warmer. Undoubtedly, it is the ideal place for all those who like sunbathing. Crowded, organised beaches (Lakkopetra, Niforeika, Kalamaki, Kalogria) over 10 m wide, they are suitable for sunbathing and lots of games. The clean and beautiful beaches of the region are famous worldwide. All beaches are easily accessible from Old National Highways of korinthos-Patra and Patra- Pyrgos.