Patras is the 3rd largest and busiest city of Greece, one of the top tourist destinations of Greece. Patras has a busy port, which plays an important role in its development as a tourism hotspot. We had just one day to spend in this beautiful city, but had plenty of things to do and see. There are several sightseeing opportunities, which shouldn’t be missed. If you have a day to spare, do visit Patras.
Medieval Castle – This Castle is situated on one of the highest points of the city, which is just above the Roman Odeon. The Castle was constructed several centuries back and served to protect the town during the years of sieges and wars. Travelers visit the Castle to feel the times and soak into the culture and times of the medieval era.
The Roman Odeum – This is situated on the western fringes of Patras but has been destroyed and buried several times. Today, the Odium is undergoing a reconstruction process to get back its old glory and charm. There is a seating capacity of more than 2300 people and offers all basic amenities needed in a theatre.
Church of Agios Andreas – Spend a few hours in this magnificent church which has a seating capacity for more than 5500 people. Travelers can see several paintings and religious icons in this church. The top attraction is St. Andreas’ skull and a small part of the cross which was used for his crucifixion.
Turkish bath Relaxation – For those who are not keen in sightseeing but simply need to relax, should try some of the best Turkish Baths of Patras! This is the place to unwind and get rid of your nervousness and stress. This hammam is for everyone.
Patras Carnival – We were not lucky enough to be a part of this carnival, but it is certainly one of the most festive times of the city. This is the time when locals and travelers, party hard and take pleasure in. A number of events are held during this period, which include several colorful floats and costume parades. The best of the revelry are during the last weekend. This is the time when the entire city is involved and participate in a big parade with multicolored floats and in large groups.
There are many other places to see in Patras which includes Agios Dionysios Church and the Apollan Theatre. The Salumeria is a famous pedestrian street which is best known for its Greek influence. Taste some of the best roasted pears and chicken, served with honey.