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Greece - Patras  
MAPStaying in Athens? Explored all the sights and still have some holiday time on your hands? Then why not take advantage of a day or two in Patras?

Primarily known for its busy port and ferry departures to Italy, not to mention the fantastic carnival held annually to kick off the Lenten season, Patras and the surrounding area offer a wealth of things to do and see.

There is a sprawling metropolis by the sea with a wonderful old section. Neoclassical buildings, cathedrals, museums, shops, bars, cafes and vibrant nightlife make this area a treasure waiting to be found. Within easy reach are mountains, lakes, caves, and villages, all with magnificent natural scenery.

Patras is easy to reach from Athens by private or rental car, and by train or public bus. In fact, bus departures are very frequent throughout the day, and the trip takes only two and one-half hours, along a very scenic route.

If you're interested in looking at this part of Greece, just let us know how you'd like to make the trip, and we'll be pleased to give you all the information you will need and arrange your rental or private car for you. Check out our accommodation suggestions if you'd like to spend a few days. And, if you're interested in traveling further afield, we can help you with that as well, offering excellent suggestions for a stay in the Peloponnese.
Hotels in Patras  
Primarolia Art - 5* -> from 000 €   Byzantino - 4* -> from 000 €
Astir - 4* -> from 200 €   Achaia Beach - 3* -> from 000 €
History of Patras  
With the decline of the Mycenaean centers, Achaians from the Argolid came and settled here, founding important cities. The region is named Achaia after them. Though politically insignificant through most of antiquity, it started to play a more dynamic role in 280 B.C., when the Achaian Confederacy was created. In 146 B.C. the area fell to the Romans. more..
Information on Visiting Patras  
Do I need a visa to enter Greece? Is a vaccination required?
Do I have to speak Greek to survive in Greece?
Can I bring my own car to Greece?
Answers for common Questions, click for more..
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