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Patras, lying on the west coast of Greece and, therefore, offering the easiest accessibility for transport and travel to and from Western Europe, was a major transport center for the Greek raisin industry during the 19th century. A decline in the importance of Patras Port followed the decline of Greek raisin cultivation. However, in the last thirty years, following the establishment of modern ferryboat lines uniting Greece and Italy, Patras port has made an impressive comeback, and it is the main gateway for travelers on their way in or out of the country. The Balkan Crisis has had a beneficial impact as well, since tourist and cargo transport routes have drastically changed in the local port's favor.
   
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