Welcome to Patras

Patras is the third largest city of Greece and the regional capital of Western Greece, in the northern Peloponnese, 215 km (134 mi) west of Athens. The city is built at the foot of Mount Panachaikon, overlooking the Gulf of Patras.

In the Roman period, it had become a cosmopolitan center of the eastern Mediterranean whilst, according to the Christian tradition, it was also the place of Saint Andrew’s martyrdom.

Dubbed as 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 an important scientific centre[citation needed] with a field of excellence in technological education. The Rio-Antirio Bridge connects Patras’ easternmost suburb of Rio to the town of Antirrio, connecting the Peloponnese peninsula with mainland Greece.

Every February, the city hosts one of Europe’s largest carnivals. Notable features of the Patras Carnival include its mammoth satirical floats and balls and parades, enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of visitors in a Mediterranean climate. Patras is also famous for supporting an indigenous cultural scene active mainly in the performing arts and modern urban literature. It was European Capital of Culture in 2006.

Patras' Hotspots

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Church of Saint Andrew

Patras Agios Andreas Cathedral

Roman Odeum of Patras


Apollon Theatre

Patras Apollon Theatre

Archaeological Museum of Patras

Patras Archeological Museum

Rion – Antirion Bridge

Patras Rion Antirrion Bridge

Agiou Nikolaou Str Stairs

Patras Agiou Nikolaou Street Stairs

Patras Yacht Marina

Patras Marina

Patras Hammam

Patras Hammam

Trion Navarchon Walkway

Patras Trion Navarhon

Riga Feraiou pedestrian zone

Patras Riga Ferreou

Stairs of Gerokostopoulou

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Hephaestus pedestrian walkway

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Castle of Patras

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Dasylio Patras

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Psila Alonia

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Mycenaean Cemetery

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Carnival of Patras

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Municipal Library



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Art in progress

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Achaia Clauss


Notio Parko

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Greek Flavors @ Patras


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