Patra's castle stands on the site of the acropolis of ancient Patrai. The Romans were the first to build a fort here around AD 550, but the present structure is of Frankish origin, remodelled many times over the centuries by the Byzantines, Venetians and Turks. Set in an attractively maintained pencil-pine park, it is reached by climbing the 193 steps at the southeastern end of Agiou Nikolaou, then continuing and turning left. Great views of the mainland, Zakynthos and Kefallonia are the reward.

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1. Roman Odeion

0.26 MILES

Patra was an important Roman city and this brick-built odeion (small theatre), built in the 2nd century AD, is one of several remains scattered about the…

2. Apollon Theatre


This nineteenth-century neoclassical theatre building designed by Ernst Ziller is a landmark on the main square of Patra.

4. Church of Agios Andreas

0.81 MILES

Seating 5500 people, this church is one of the largest in the Balkans. Tradition holds that the Romans crucified St Andrew here in Patra (on the diagonal…

5. Archaeological Museum of Patras

1.36 MILES

This fabulous museum should be shouting its existence from its space-age rooftop. Its exhibits comprise regional objects from prehistoric to Roman times…

6. Botsari Tower Museum

11.19 MILES

The white-painted Venetian-style Tower of Botsaris, 100m northwest of the port square, holds this museum devoted to the 1571 Battle of Lepanto. It’s a…

7. Fethiye Mosque

11.23 MILES

The stunning Fethiye (‘Conquest’) Mosque, on the waterfront near the eastern side of the port, was built in 1499, shortly after the Ottoman Sultan Beyazid…

8. Castle

11.33 MILES

The well-preserved fortress and Venetian kastro that overlook Nafpaktos consist of a series of five terraced stone walls, built by successive conquerors …