Welcome to the 3rd largest city of Greece
and the capital of Western Greece
Patras is the third largest city in Greece, the capital of the prefecture of Achaia and Western Greece. It is located in the Peloponnese and is famous for its natural beauties. Patras is a gateway to the west due to its geographical location and mainly due to its harbor, which connects the country with many Italian ports.
Patras is famous for its famous carnival, its intense entertainment rhythms, as well as important cultural destinations.
A city with attractions of great interest in the ancient and religious history of the city. The exceptional architectural new archaeological museum offers the opportunity for a unique tour of the past, while the imposing Bridge - the largest of its kind in Europe - dominates the northern side of the city.
It is a city with its gaze facing the west, where when the sun sets, it offers one of the most beautiful sunsets in Europe.
Ideal tourist base, since Patras is at the center of the imaginary triangle, of three world-renowned historical destinations, Delphi - Ancient Olympia - Epidavros. The Mycenaean park of Mount Athos in Patras is one of the most important facilities of the Mycenaean world internationally.
Οι παραλίες κοντά στην Πάτρα προσφέρονται για στιγμές χαλάρωσης και δροσιάς, ενώ η πολλών χιλιομέτρων ακτογραμμή της Αχαΐας δίνει την δυνατότητα για πολλές επιλογές.
Δεν θα φύγετε από την Πάτρα αν δεν δοκιμάσετε το γνωστό κόκκινο γλυκό κρασί «Μαυροδάφνη«, ενώ μετά το γεύμα δεν θα πρέπει ξεχάσετε να φάτε λουκούμια Πάτρας συνοδευόμενα από ένα σφηνάκι Τεντούρας.
History of Achaia
The history of Achaia is lost in the depths of time. The first inhabitants were the Pelasgians, during the Bronze Age, around the 22nd century BC, followed by the Iones and then the Achaeans who eventually gave their name to the area.
In the 8th century BC century, the Achaean Confederation appears and the cities of Achaia led the monarchy and became democratic.
The federation appeared self-sufficient and independent and began to play an important role, especially after the death of Alexander the Great.
President of the Achaic Confederacy was the temple of Zeus Omario inAigio. In 1460, conqueror of Constantinople Muhammad II conquered Achaia and the whole prefecture of the Peloponnese.
During the last years of the Ottoman occupation, Achaia experienced economic and commercial boom.
Patras and Aegio (Vostitsa) are considered to be the best commercial ports, and many European ships sailed there. Finally, Achaia became the beginning of the Independence Revolution of 1821 and, therefore, its recent history is connected with the history of Greece.
Geography - Climate
Achaia is bordered by Ilia to the southwest, Arcadia to the south, and Corinth to the southeast.
The Corinthian Gulf is located at its northeast, and the Patraikos bay to its northwest. The mountain Panachaikos (1926 m), although not the highest of Achaia, dominates the coastal area near Patras. The highest mountains are in the south, such as Aroania (2341 m) and Erymanthos (2224 m).
Achaia has hot summers and mild winters. Sunny days dominate in the summer months in areas near the coast, while in the summer it can be cloudy and rainy in the mountains.
The snow is very common during the winter in the mountains of Erymanthos, Panachaikos and Aroania. Winter high temperatures are around the mark of 10 ° C throughout the lower regions.