Patras is the third largest and one of the most important commercial, industrial, maritime, transportation and tourist centre of the whole region.
Located in the centre of the cultural triangle of Delphi – Olympia – Epidaurus, it is the ideal starting point for excursions to the country’s most important archaeological sites, satisfying even the most demanding visitor.
It has a unique charm, an attractive layout and many important buildings (neoclassical, inter-war, industrial etc.).
Thanks to its mild climate, ample entertainment options, great cultural tradition and its leading university schools, it attracts visitors all year round.
In 2006, it was nominated as the “Cultural Capital of Europe”.
The Apostle Andreas (Andrew), the patron saint of the city, taught and was martyred here (68 AD).
Although completely destroyed during the Revolution of 1821, it grew rapidly after the Liberation and became an important commercial and industrial centre, as the main point of export to Western Europe.