AND GREEK ISLANDS
Primarily known for its busy port and ferry
departures to Italy, not to mention the
fantastic carnival held annually to kick off the
season, Patra 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.
Patra 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.
Port of Patras Information: Ferry
Services - Patras, Italu, Greece
There are several car and passenger ferry
services from Patras to other Greek and Italian
destinations. Services run year-round and are of
high quality. Superfast Ferries operates a
popular daily service from Patras to Ancona in
Italy, with a journey time of approximately 20
hours, as well as running to Bari in southeast
Italy with a journey time of 15 hours, 30
Anek Lines Ferries also runs a daily crossing
from Patras to Ancona which takes 22 hours; a
slightly longer journey time than Superfast
ferries owing to a stop-off at the port of
Igoumenitsa in northwest Greece. Another ferry
company operating the Patras to Ancona route and
taking 20 hours is Minoan Lines, which also
operates the Patras-Corfu-Igoumenitsa-Venice
route. The times on this long route are 7 hours
from Patras to Corfu, 10 hours total to Igoumenitsa and 27 hours total to Venice from
The Patras-Venice route is also operated by
Venice Line Ferries in a time of 23 hours.
Blue Star Ferries is another established ferry
company that offers daily direct sailings on the
Patras-Ancona route; daily sailings to Ancona
via Igoumenitsa, and four sailings per week on
the Patras-Corfu-Igoumenitsa-Venice route,
taking between 27 and 35 hours.
Maritime Way runs the
Patras-Igoumenitsa-Brindisi route. Brindisi is
located in southeast Italy below Bari and is
served daily in the summer months with reduced
crossings in the winter. The crossing time is 14
hours, 30 minutes. Hellenic Mediterranean Lines
also runs to Brindisi in Italy, but direct from Patras. Departures in the summer are daily and
crossing times are 15 hours.
The history of this inhabited with over 500
thousand people island dates back to the roman
period. According to towns tradition a martyrs
death of Saint Andrew apostle took place there.
This town is worth of visiting thanks to its
interesting climate, many attractions which are
cannot be found in any other part of the world.
In Patras you can for sure eat well and go for
unforgettable shopping and take part in many
kind of occasional events.
Although the town is lacking in old Greek
monuments, none of the visitors can complain
about lack of attraction. The most important
building in Patras is undoubtedly Saint Andrews
Church (Agios Andreas). This, built on the place
of old Demeters Temple, building is the biggest
from Greek Temples. According to tradition,
Saint Andrew martyrs died here. Inside this
amazing building there are relicts which were
given back to town by Pope - Paul VI.
Dominating over Patras remains of Frankish
Castel, from which you can admire great view on
the town and sea, may interest you. The factory
of wines, Achaia Clauss, which is located on the
outskirts is to visitors disposal. There are
bottles with sweet wine and red wine which comes
from the time when the factory was being
created. You can freely look at the technologies
of arising of wine. Very interesting might be
also the ruins of medieval castle and the only
gothic church in Greece.
If you want to visit a place which presents the
equipment of Mycenaean tombs and old Greek vases
and sculptures you have to step in Archeological
Museum in Patras.
When it comes about exotic experience only in
Ouzeri (They are locals in which there are
served alcohol drinks created from grapes). In
places like that the night life of Patras in
concerted. During the carnival, which lasts 3
months, the town is teeming with life. On the
last there in the centre of town a great, grand
parade takes place.
During the summer festival, which starts in June
and lasts till the middle of September, there
are traditional ancient Greek plays. There are
also rock concerts in roman Odeon and there are
also photographic exhibition organized.