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General Information About Patras

Patras is the third-largest city in Greece and the capital of the Achaea region. It is located in the northern part of the Peloponnese peninsula, on the Gulf of Patras, which opens onto the Ionian Sea. The city has a population of approximately 168,000 people.

Patras is known for its rich history, dating back to ancient times. The city was a major center of the Roman Empire and later became an important hub for the Byzantine Empire. It played a significant role in the Greek War of Independence in the 19th century.

Today, Patras is a bustling urban center with a thriving port, university, and cultural scene. The city is home to several museums, including the Archaeological Museum of Patras and the Municipal Gallery of Patras. Patras is also known for its lively nightlife, with many bars, clubs, and restaurants catering to both locals and tourists.

The city is easily accessible by car, train, or plane, with the nearest airport located in Araxos, approximately 40 kilometers away. Patras is also well-connected to other cities in Greece by bus and ferry services.

Points of Interest in Patras

Patras has many historical, cultural, and natural attractions that make it an interesting destination for visitors. Here are some of the top sites of interest in Patras:

  1. Achaia Clauss Winery: Located on the outskirts of the city, this winery is known for its production of the famous Mavrodaphne wine, which has been made in the region for centuries.
  2. Patras Castle: This castle, also known as the Fortress of Rio, was built in the 15th century to protect the city from invaders. It offers great views of the surrounding area.
  3. Roman Odeon - This ancient theater dates back to the 1st century AD and was used for musical and theatrical performances.
  4. Archaeological Museum of Patras: This museum showcases artifacts from the prehistoric to the Byzantine periods, including pottery, jewelry, and sculptures.
  5. Psila Alonia Square: This square is the heart of Patras and is surrounded by cafes, restaurants, and shops. It is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike.
  6. Saint Andrew’s Cathedral: This is the largest church in Greece and is dedicated to Saint Andrew, the patron saint of Patras. It is a beautiful example of Byzantine architecture.
  7. Patras Carnival: This is one of the largest and most famous carnivals in Greece, held annually in February or March. It features parades, music, and dancing and is a fun way to experience the local culture.
  8. Dymaean Wall: This ancient wall was built in the 4th century BC to protect the city from invaders. It is one of the best-preserved examples of ancient fortifications in Greece.

Typical Food and Drinks of Patras

Patras, like the rest of Greece, has a rich culinary tradition that combines local ingredients with Mediterranean flavors. 

A typical drink you should try is Mavrodaphne wine. This sweet fortified wine is made from the Mavrodaphne grape and is a specialty of the region. It is usually served as an aperitif or dessert wine.

Also you should try Ouzo, a traditional Greek spirit made from aniseed and is often served as an aperitif. It is usually mixed with water to create a milky white drink.

As for dishes, a must is Patinada. This is a traditional soup made with fish, vegetables, and a tomato-based broth. It is usually served with crusty bread. Also, you should try Taramosalata, a popular meze (appetizer) made with fish roe, olive oil, and lemon juice. It is usually served with pita bread.

We also recommend you to try Giouvetsi, a hearty casserole made with beef, lamb, or chicken, cooked with orzo pasta, tomatoes, and spices, and Fasolada, a classic Greek dish made with white beans, vegetables, and olive oil. It is often called the national dish of Greece.

And you can’t leave Patras without trying Loukoumades. These are small fried doughnuts that are drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon. They are a popular dessert in Greece and are often served at festivals and fairs.

Festivals of Patras

Patras is a city that loves to celebrate, and there are many festivals and events held throughout the year. Here are some of the most popular festivals in Patras:

  1. Patras Carnival: This is the biggest and most famous carnival in Greece, held annually in February or March. It features parades, music, dancing, and colorful costumes.
  2. Wine Festival: This festival is held every August in the Achaia Clauss Winery and celebrates the local wine culture. Visitors can enjoy wine tastings, traditional Greek food, and live music.
  3. International Film Festival: This festival is held annually in October and showcases independent films from Greece and around the world.
  4. Easter Celebrations: Easter is a major holiday in Greece, and Patras celebrates with traditional processions, feasts, and other events.
  5. Achaean Summer Festival: This festival is held in July and August and features cultural events, concerts, and exhibitions that showcase the history and traditions of the Achaean region.
  6. Patras Street Food Festival: This festival is held in September and celebrates the city’s street food culture. Visitors can sample a variety of local specialties, from souvlaki to loukoumades.
  7. Patras International Fai: This fair is held every September and is one of the largest trade fairs in Greece. It features exhibitions, concerts, and cultural events.

How Is the Culture in Patras?

The culture of Patras, like the rest of Greece, is influenced by its ancient history, Mediterranean climate, and geographical location. 

Patras has a rich ancient history that dates back to the Mycenaean period. The city was an important center of trade and culture in ancient Greece and was also a major Christian center.

Also, Patras is known for its religious celebrations, including the feast day of Saint Andrew, the patron saint of the city. Other important religious events include Easter and Christmas.

Greece is known for its music and dance traditions, and Patras is no exception. Traditional music includes the bouzouki and the baglama, and traditional dances include the Kalamatianos and the Tsamiko.

As for the Architecture, Patras has a rich architectural heritage that reflects its ancient and Byzantine history. Examples of notable architecture include the Roman Odeon, the Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, and the Patras Castle.

Also, Patras has a thriving arts and literature scene, with many artists, writers, and poets calling the city home. The city has a number of galleries and museums showcasing the works of local artists and writers.

What to See and Do in Patras

Patras is a wonderful destination due to its historical heritage and its fascinating culture.

In turn, due to its proximity to Athens and Olympia, many travelers combine their trip to Patras with these destinations, which is why you will find these sites in several of our offers.

Are you looking to marvel at the most incredible historical sites? Do you want to know about a fascinating culture? Do you want to taste exquisite cuisine?

If your answer is "yes", in Greca we have several proposals for tourist packages to Patras, which you can modify and adapt according to your needs and times.

There are travel packages for all tastes. Choose your own adventure according to your needs!

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How much does it cost to eat in Patras?

You can find fast-food restaurants, souvlaki stands, and street food vendors throughout the city that offer affordable options. A basic gyro or souvlaki sandwich can cost around 2-4 Euros, while a portion of fries or a small salad can cost around 1-2 Euros.

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Which month is cheapest to travel to Patras?

The cheapest time to visit Patras, Greece is typically during the winter months, from November to March, excluding the peak holiday period around Christmas and New Year’s.

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When is the high season of Patras?

The high season of Patras, Greece is generally from July to August, during the summer months when the weather is warm and sunny.

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