Welcome to Patra
The largest city in the Peloponnese, Patra is named after King Patreas who ruled Achaïa around 1100 BC. Little is evident of this busy port's 3000 years of history, during which it was an important trade centre under the Mycenaeans and the Romans. Although there's a gritty element to the city, it has attractive squares and lively pedestrian streets, and bars and restaurants filled with the young and the trendy.
Before you depart by boat or via the Rio–Andirio suspension bridge, an engineering feat that links the city with western continental Greece, it's worth visiting Patra's wonderful castle and making the most of the diverse eating and nightlife scene, helped by the presence of Patra’s 20,000 university students.