Patras, the colorful and beautiful "queen" of the carnival!
How can a city be immovable? You will feel it when you visit Patras. It is the ultimate campus, with squares full of life, with numerous entertainment venues, with dozens of youth hangouts and restaurants, with various cultural activities and, of course, the most famous Carnival city in Greece. When all this is combined with the long history, the living tradition and the unique natural beauties of the place, then you have the magical destination for unique getaways.
Discover all that you didn’t know about Patras walking in the alleys with the impressive neoclassical and old mansions country villas. Afterwards, go up for a walk in Ano Poli with its narrow streets and traditional houses.
You will see important sights such as the Medieval Castle, the Ancient Conservatory, the Roman auditorium, the Holy Temple of Pantokrator, the Turkish baths.
Do not miss the chance to visit the new Archaeological Museum of exceptional architecture, the majestic church of the patron saint of the city, Agios Andreas, and the Municipal Theater of Apollo, a miniature of La Scala in Milan.
There are many different beaches along the coast of Patras. Sandy beaches with relatively shallow waters and others with clear blue waters, golden sand, and all-white rocks. Agyia, Agios Vassilios, Kalogria are some of them.
Enjoy the excellent local cuisine in Patras
In the traditional taverns you can taste local meats cooked with local recipes such as rabbit stew, rooster spaghetti, beef, lamb & goat in the hull or oil oregano, goat or vermicelli boiled.
In the fish taverns by the beach, you will find fresh fish of all kinds while do not forget to try fish ‘bourgeto’ and oily anchovy. Accompany your meal with local wine, ouzo or tsipouro.
Leaving Patras, do not forget to take with you excellent local products such as the well-known red sweet wine Mavrodafni, Tentura liqueur, fruit pastries, local halva and loukoumia.
Best time to visit Patras
The weeks of Carnival because you have to live, at least once in your life, the unique experience of the most famous Carnival in Greece.
In the summertime, to enjoy along the coasts the wonderful beaches with clear blue crystal waters. In spring and autumn to explore the mountains, gorges, rivers and lakes of the Achaia prefecture.
How to use transportation in Patras
Transfer from/to Patras
You can go to Patras either by bus from Athens (duration about 2.5 hours) or by suburban railway from Athens to Kiato (duration about 1.5 hours) and then by bus in Patras (duration about 1.5 hours).
To go by car, the distance from Athens is 220 km and from Thessaloniki is 475 km.
To discover Patras, it is good to have your own car. But even if you don’t, Patras has local buses for transportation within the city and buses that connect it with many nearby cities of Peloponnese as well as a train station that connects Patras with the west coast of Peloponnese. Alternatively, you can rent a car in the city.