Peloponnese’s largest city, the capital of the Prefecture of Achaia and the Region of Western Greece, Patras is a city of 170.000 residents only 217 km away from Athens. Throughout its long history, it was a significant center in the Eastern Mediterranean. The existence of its port, the biggest in the Peloponnese, has added to the city’s great commercial and industrial development. In the field of education, Patras has two universities and a technological institution. Its long history began in the 11th century, when the Achaeans, pursued by the Dorians in Laconia, reached Achaia and named the new town after their chief, Patreas. Continually restless, Patras stands out for its unique color and personality.
Here you can revel every year in Europe’s largest carnival. The city’s roman past can be documented by the preserved buildings, namely the Roman Odeum, the second largest in Greece after Herodes Atticus in Athens. The entrance to the Balkans’ largest byzantine church of Saint Andrew introduces the visitor to the ambience of Christian religion. The city offers a choice of museums, such as the new Archaeological Museum, and the Museum of History and Ethnology among others. Visit the Medieval Castle and the Castle of Moreas or admire the unique architecture of the Apollon Theater as well as the large and historical squares. Before leaving, don’t miss Achaia Clauss, the country’s oldest winery, to taste the sweet dark Mavrodaphni wine.