Patras Travel Guide

  • Evangelistria church
    Evangelistria church
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  • Rio bridge as seen from the Rio castle
    Rio bridge as seen from the Rio castle
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  • Roman Odeum
    Roman Odeum
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Patras Things to Do

  • Achaia Clauss winery

    In 1854 Gustav Clauss, a representative of the Bavarian company Fels and Co., decided to settle in Patras after a business trip to the region. He was so enthused with the beauty of the natural landscape of the area. According to his diary and other reports, he discovered “a paradise of vineyards which covered the surrounding hills of Patras, which...

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  • Exploring Patras

    I am a post-graduate student and I live in Patras. When I firstly came at Patras I knew only about the well known places to go. But I didn't have a clue where to go to eat delicious plates or to go shopping. After a year I discovered two very usefull sites that in a superb way are tourist guides of where to go and where to be every hour of the day....

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  • The Rion-Antirion Bridge

    The Rion-Antirion Bridge goes across the Bay of Corinth and connects the Peloponnese with mainland Greece. It is almost 9,500 ft long, and is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world. It is in an area with a lot of seismic activity, and it was built to accommodate that movement.It opened in 2004, just before the 2004 Olympic Games, and the...

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  • "The Municipal Gallery of Patras"

    It is really a pity that few people know this "jewel": the Municipal Galery of Patras.It was founded in 1988 and is housed on the ground floor of the Municipal Library, besides the Old Town Hall, a location with many historical memories.The Municipal Galery of Patras boasts of one of the richest painting collections dedicated to Greek painters,...

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  • Other churches in the center

    Some other interesting churches in the city center are:Pantanassa church (pic 1). A big impressive but ugly church considering the fact it isn’t the usual orthodox style. But the architecture is a matter of personal taste, I’ve read many articles that consider this church as an architectural jewel. It was under renovation during my visit and the...

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  • Vor.Ipirou square

    In walking distance from the center is the Vor.Ipiru (North Epirus) square (pic 1). I just wanted to visit Agia Sofia church (pic 2) that has some nice murals inside (pic 3) but during the ceremony (a baptism) it was difficult to take many pictures there without disturbing the locals although they were all focused on the baby :). So, I went out and...

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Patras Hotels

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  • Airotel Patras Smart Hotel

    G.Olympiou-Evmilou & Aktis Dimaion 9, Patras, 26222, Greece

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Olympic Star Hotel

    46 Agiou Nikolaou Street, Patras, 262 21, Greece

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Patras Byzantino

    A neoclassical building of the 19th century, was turned in a beautiful, luxury and pompous hotel. It...

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Patras Restaurants

  • New Trendy Restaurant Downtown

    It was a great Restau Experience to me and my friends to discover this New Restaurant in Patras.Very delicius Dishes, very good service from people with Happy faces.

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  • Skoufaki

    This is probably my favorite café in Patras. The atmosphere is amazing, a small place (hard to find a free table) that looks like an old house with old furniture for decoration. There’s a balcony upstair, great spot if you find a free table.They have great hot chocolate, I loved the single one (3e) but also the chocolate with nuts (4e), they have...

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  • "The Local Fast Food Chain has a French...

    Patras has its own local fast food chain and the name is very French: Le Coq!You can spot then by their vivid orange colour!Nice, clean, modern atmosphere and a very big selection of fast food (fast, but good!).Germanou 1610030-2610-222 555Korinthou 310030-2610-423 000Patron-Pyrgou 30030-2610-528 777Akrotiriou 1100030-2610-343 000 It depends on...

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Patras Nightlife

  • STONE BAR

    Stone bar is a nice small rock club 5’ away from Agiou Georgiou square. There are several nights with live music (there’s an entrance fee, that usually includes a drink). They serve draft or bottle beer and several long drinks. The stage is small and spreads behind the main columns so sometimes you cant see all the members of the band :)

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  • Ag.Nikolaou street

    The famous Agiou Nikolaou street (pic 1) is full of cafes, they are always packed with people so choosing where to sit depends on just where you will find a free table. All the people sitting at the outdoors tables, enjoyed their coffee and drinks. We just choosed a free table at ENTOSEKTOS café and drink some beers there. The normal beer (Stella)...

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  • Radinou street

    Radinou street is a tiny alley that houses some small café and pubs, it’s empty during the day but gets packed during the night. There's no much difference between the one pub from the other, the loud beat will hit you anyway as they come from every small spot, just stand between two pub and you will here in stereo a mix of two different tracks :)...

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Patras Transportation

  • How to go there

    Patra is located 212 km away from Athens, at NW part of Peloponese peninsula at Achaia prefecture. From Italy and Corfu you will reach Patras by boat (pic 1). The boat stops also at Igumenitsa and then goes to Italy. Check map at pic 2. From Athens you can go there by:1)car. Via Korinthis follow the Athinon Patron national road that will just put...

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  • Superfast Ferries

    We tried two ferry companies, both using Patras/Ancona. Superfast was way above the other one by comparison, even though we were given an upgrade on our return trip. (Both companies seem to be now joined together as one, but still using their old name.The food on Superfast was so much better, the menu had many more items, and the upscale restaurant...

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  • Buses to Athens

    There are many daily buses to/from Athens (Terminal A of Athens, Kifissou St) that go through Corinthos (nice view of the channel while crossing it) that take about 3 hours. 12,90 euros.The buses leave Patras from the Local Bus Station, by the harbour, almost in front of the train station.

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Patras Shopping

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  • Souvenir Time

    What does it mean when you drive your car onto a ferry? It means you can bring more and bigger things home, that you cannot bring on a plane anymore.Our list included the brands of Greek beer that we cannot get in Italy, different brands of olive oil, strings of garlic and purple onions and other food stuffs.Why not bring Greece home to your...

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  • vinyls and cd

    If you want to buy some music there are some record stores in Patras. They are local small stores of course that try to survive from the internet :) I’m more into vinyl records so my favorite one is UPSTAIRS (Gerokostopoulou, tel:2610222354) that has a nice collection of old folk, jazz and prog rock albums (you can also find some cds upstairs).Some...

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  • farmers’ market

    Every greek city has several different farmers’ market. There’s no difference with Patras, there is at least one every day (on different streets of course so to cover different areas of the city).The one we visited takes place every Saturday at Kolokotroni street (although it spreads along the side streets too). It’s a colorful local market with...

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Patras Local Customs

  • Shade Theater

    Karagiozis is a shadow puppet, the main character of Greek shadow-puppet theatre.It seems that shadow theatre comes ultimately from Indonesian or Chinese traditions. It was later established in Asia Minor. From there, it seems to have come to mainland Greece at the 19th century, during Ottoman rule. It is still performed in Turkey, where the main...

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  • "The International Festival of Patras"

    As a major Greek city-the third Greek city by its population size-the Municipality of Patras organizes every summer an interesting festival, dedicated to music, dance, theatre, cinema, painting.The "strong points" of the festival: its venues, like the famous Roman Odeon, and the Castro (Fortress) of Patras.

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  • Carnival

    Patras’ Carnival (Patrino Karnavali in greek) is the most famous in Greece. Many people (especially young ones) from all over Greece go there and drink, have fun, drink, watch the colorful carnival, drink, pay prices from outerspace, drink and did I tell you that they drink? :)Patras carnival is based on the local customs of the bourgeoisie during...

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Patras Warnings and Dangers

  • Cable links of the Bridge may break off!

    On 28th January 2005, six months after the opening of the bridge, one of the cable links of the bridge snapped from the top of the pylon and came crashing down on the deck. Traffic was immediately halted. The first investigation claimed that a fire had broken out on the top of the pylon, after a lightning strike in one of the cables. The cable was...

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  • Mind the road

    Patras itself is safe, like most Greek cities. However, some roads in and around Patras can be very tricky. As you drive there from Athens, the expressway (to be upgraded to motorway in the near future) is mostly one-lane-per-direction, meaning that overtaking is a dreaded necessity. Similar risks exist also in the extension of that road towards...

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Patras What to Pack

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    by l_joo Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Because I need 36 hours to Patrai, foods selling on ferry are extremely expensive, what I did was preparing enough foods from Venice's supermarket before I hop on the ferry. In the photo I can see some background of Patrai, the cruise is about to land anytime, let's pack quickly before you are too late, haha. Let me tell you, looking down from the cruise is very exciting because after a long wait and ...can't explain to you.

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Patras Off The Beaten Path

  • Rio bridge and castle

    Rio is a suburb of Patra. It is located about 7km away from the city towards Athens. For many years we used to take the ferry to cross to other side (mainland Greece) but since 2004 the amazing Rio bridge is a better much faster alternative. The bridge is officially called Charilaos Trikupis, the prime minister that dreamed about the bridge back in...

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  • Plucked String Orchestra Municipality of...

    6th EGMYO-Meeting 2006 in Patras / Greece8-17 April, 2006The 6th meeting of the European Guitar and Mandolin Youth Orchestra (EGMYO) is taking place in Patras / Greece from 8 to 17th april 2006 (arrival at Saturday 8 april and departure at Monday 17 april). The Patras Orchestra will organize the transport between Athens and Patras.Once again we...

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  • Rio fortress

    There is a medieval fortress in Rio, on the cape near the bridge connecting with mainland Greece.The fortification was built by Beyazit II in 1499. In 1532 it was taken by Andrea Doria, admiral of the Spanish Navy, and then taken again by the Turks, the Knights of Malta and Venetians, again by the Turks, until 1828. It has suffered repairs and...

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Patras Sports & Outdoors

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    by mindcrime Written Mar 10, 2010

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    It was a weird weekend for the locals.

    The first Patras International Circuit Kart took place on September 19-20, 2009 and I noticed many people staring at the strange tiny cars that was going in circle around Vas.Georgiou square (3 blocks from east to west, from Ag.Nikolaou>Maizonos>Patron>Korinthou).

    Some main streets like Korinthou and Maizonos were closed at that part and it was nice to see the race (the other days it’s full of cars anyway). Of course, as usual some local old ladies were at their balconies screaming about the noise of the cars :)

    About 100 drivers from all over Greece came and transferred the city into a small Monaco for a while :) By the way, the local authorites gave 75,000 for putting new asphalt on the streets.

    first Patras International Circuit Kart

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  • general Info

    There is an Info Center opposite the port, next to the main bus station. They can provide you with a free colorful map that will help you walking all over the city center with some useful info at the backside about the main sites. The staff is friendly and can point you the sites but it seems they give the same answer to everything:oh that church...

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  • Modern Patras

    Dubbed Greece's Gate to the West, Patras is a commercial hub, while its busy port is a nodal point for trade and communication with Italy and the rest of Western Europe. The city has two public universities and one Technological Institute, hosting a large student population and rendering Patras.Every spring the city hosts one of Europe's largest...

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  • Biblical Patras

    Andrew is said to have been martyred by crucifixion at Patras that's why St Andrew is the patron of Patras. Andrew had been crucified on a cross of the form called Crux decussata (X-shaped cross) and commonly known as "St. Andrew's cross". This was performed at his own request, as he deemed himself unworthy to be crucified on the same type of cross...

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monastery Obliu
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Agios Andreas cathedral
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