Patras: Carnival & Concerts

Set against a backdrop of Mount Panachaikon, Patras looks out across the Gulf in the northern Peloponnese. Still somewhat unknown, its relative lack of tourism means that Patras has retained a traditional Greek atmosphere. This large coastal town exhibits a rich and varied history dating back more than 3000 years.

Here, scenic squares are lined with colonnades, home to a variety of local boutiques and interspersed with fine restaurants and bustling cafés. Also known for its University, Patras has a vibrant cultural scene as well as a buzzing nightlife.

Take a trip to the Apollo Theatre and the majestic Church of St Andrews, which is one of the biggest churches in the region. The Old City, set on the higher slopes, is lined with ancient buildings, but the most enthralling sight is the Patras Ancient Rome Theatre, where concerts and plays are often staged in the summer months.


A highlight in the social calendar is the Patras Carnival, the largest event of its kind in Greece, which takes place in mid-January. Parades and food stalls line the streets and music fills the air in the squares.


To experience a city where ancient and modern Greece collide charter a yacht and explore Patras.


When to go:

April – end of October

High season:

July – August

Highlights

1

A romantic stroll around the cobbled streets of the old town will reveal grand, colourful neoclassical mansions, reminders of the city’s glorious past

2

Visit the Achaia Claus winery, 8 km southeast of the city. The huge oak barrels contain century-old Mavrodafni fortified wine. Wander around a traditional wine cellar and the vineyards with magnificent views

3

Spend the afternoon at the clean and serene new Archaeological Museum of Patras

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