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About Patra

Patra is the third largest city of the country and owes its activity to the busy port, which serves itineraries to the Ionian islands and Italy. Patra is a beautiful town that gets lively all year round. It has important historical sights and ample squares, while the beach promenade is a lovely spot for coffee and a relaxig promenade. Patra is also famous for hosting the best Carnival in Greece with many events and a large costume parade.

 

See an old wine factory in Patra

On a green-clad hill, eight km southeast of Patras' centre, are located the facilities of Achaia Clauss winery, distinguished as one of the topmost tourist sites of the region.Its founder, Bavarian Gustav Clauss arrived in Patras in 1854 to work in a German company dealing with exportation of raisin. During an excursion, he visited this region that charmed him with its natural beauty. He bought a small vineyard just to produce some wine for self-consumption and he ended up to the establishment of this Castle-Winery that survives intact till now. In 1861 he founded Achaia Clauss Co and the excellent quality wines, including Mavrodaphne of Patras, conquered both Greek and international market. The stone-made buildings, the large oak carved barrels with one century-old Mavrodaphne, the traditional cellar where visitors are welcomed as well as the unique landscape with the breathtaking view attract approximately 200,000 visitors per year.

Getting to Patra

Patras has its own airport but doesn’t receive regular flights. It only receives some charter flights from Europe. The closest airport to Patras is Athens Airport, which is served regularly both by domestic and international flights. Patras is very well linked by ferry with Italy (Ancona, Brindisi, Bari and Venice). Local ferries also link Patras to the Ionian Islands. You can also get to Patras either by car or by train. The national roads connect Patras both to the south and north of the mainland and the trains link Patras to the capital.

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Links:

http://www.greeka.com/peloponnese/patra/index.htm

http://wikitravel.org/en/Patra

http://www.greecelogue.com/patras.html

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