The third largest town in Greece, Patra owes most of its tourist development to the busy port that serves ferries to the Ionian islands and Italy. The beautiful beach promenade of Patra, the interesting historical sightseeing, the joyful Carnival in February/March and the vivid nightlife attract many visitors to this city. The most important sightseeing in Patra is the Medieval Castle, located above the Old Town and offering a panoramic view. The Church of Saint Andrew is also worth to visit as this is the protector of Patra and he is believed to be a miracle-working saint. In short drive from Patra are nice locations to visit, such as the Ancient Site of Olympia and the picturesque town of Nafpaktos.
In this section, you can see the best Patra Sightseeing but also things to do by location.
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Located on a hill above the town, the Castle of Patras dates from the Medieval times and remains strong till today. It offers great views of the town and the port. In summer, cultural events are organized there.
The Roman Odeon of Patras was accidentally discovered in 1889 by workers and since then it has been renovated. In summer, it hosts musical concerts and theatrical performances.
The church of Saint Andrew (Agios Andreas) is the most important church in Patras, as this is the patron saint of the town. This modern church was founded in 1908 by King George I on the site of a former Byzantine chapel that existed there since the 1st century AD. It is said that the church has been built on the site where Saint Andrew, the student of Jesus Christ, was crucified by the Romans in 66 AD. Close to the church, there is the "spring of Saint Andrew", which pours out holy water.
Achaia Clauss is one of the oldest and most famous wineries in Greece. For Patras, this is a historical winery as it contributed in the financial developement of the town in the middle 19th century. Founded by the German Gustav Clauss in 1861, the winery produces the best mavrodaphne in Greece, a sweet and strong wine. A part of its establishment is open to visitors, who can see there traditional equipment and ways to produce wine.
The Archaeological Museum of Patras was recently inaugurated and it is the second biggest museum of Greece. Although the plans for its construction started in the late 1980s, the museum actually opened in July 2009. Built on a plot of 28,000 sq.m., the Archaeological Museum of Patra has an interior space of 8,000 sq.m. and a wonderful yard with pool. The dome is metallic and a cultural park will be created next to the museum in the following years.
Location: In the centre of Patra
Description: The square of King George is the most central square of the city. It distingishes for its fountains with the bronze statues on its northern and southern side. This is where carnival and other cultural events take place.
Location: Close to the port
Description: The beach promenade is a very popular spot in Patra, especially in summer. Cafeterias, restaurants and parks dot the area, while musical concerts are organized in summer in a small open theatre by the sea.
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