Patras is a nice place for sitting out and enjoying a cup of nice cold 'frappe' coffee (or a beer, or anything else you prefer). There are various places where you can do that, such as the Psila Alonia Square, the steps of Gerokostopoulou, the King George Square, the pedestrian street of Agiou Nikolaou, the 'theatre' next to the marina, the Ab Fab (ex 9 Muses), the Rion coast, the Vrachneika coast, the park on the hill, etc. - endless possibilities. These places are usually busy and lively. Although I'm not an expert, I think the sunlight has a special quality in Patras. Perhaps it's the reflection on the sea that makes bright days look even brighter. Patras has a long coastline and, even though it's not everywhere pretty, it still gives a nice feeling to be close to the water.
Pirgos is the capital...
Pirgos is the capital of the prefecture of Eleia, just 10 km west of Olympia, and the place where you might have to change buses if you come from Patrai. Its chief landmarks are the two exquisite neoclassical buildings designed by Schiller, the Municipal Market and the Apollo Municipal Theatre.
Messolonghi (or Messolongi or Missolonghi) is famous for being the place of one of the most famous sieges in the Greece Independent War against Otoman Empire (1826).
For most foreigners, Messolonghi is the place where Lord Byron died, in 1824, of a fever that was probably a relapse of the malaria that he had contracted in 1811.
A bus from Patras will take you there in 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Antirion View of Bridge
Even if you are not planning a trip into Steria Ellada taking you to Napfaktos, Galaxidi, or Arta, Agrinion, Vonitsa, Prevessa, Parga, Igoumenitsa...you must at least take a ride across the bridge! When you get across from the Patra side, turn down towards the left, into the small village and walk along the beach. If the weather is good, you can stop and have a coffee or a meal at one of the sea side taverna.
The view from this side is perfect!
The photos below were taken on a day in early December, 2005 when I had gone along with my friends to pick up their son who was returning from his first term in England. Being afraid of flying, he was making the journey overland! What a torture for his parents, but he didn't seem to mind at all, so I suppose that is what matters most. If you must or just like travelling...who said you always have to fly!? How he made the trip in the winter, through the tunnel, train, more trains, boat, busses...well, that's another story on another page!
For now, just sit back, have your coffee of tea and relax.
B u s services from Patras...
B u s services from Patras to Athens (journey time 3 hours) depart every hour.
Also regular services to Cephalonia, Ithaca and Igoumenitsa.
Regular t r a i n services to Athens and major cities.