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The best excursions from Patras

Kalavrita ● Patras ● 28 July 2017

Patras is the third city of Greece, a university town and the port, where the boats depart to Italy. These are the best excursions in the wider area of Patras.

Kalavrita is a picturesque town, 1 hour from Patras, with traditional architecture, which is surrounded by green forests and steep mountains. You can walk around the pebbled streets, shop local products, drink coffee in one of the cosy coffee shops or eat in one of the many restaurants and taverns with Greek cuisine you will find. According to the accommodation, in the town and the villages around it, there are many hotels and guest houses at reasonable prices.

Helmos Ski Centre
Only 16 km from Kalavrita, the Ski Centre at Helmos Mountain is one of the largest Ski Centres in Greece. It offers 20 km of 12 slopes with 7 lifts and 2 chalets with all the modern facilities. The beauty of the mountain is breathtaking, and you will feel that you are skiing in Switzerland. You can also do there other winter sports such as snowboard, hiking or langlauf.

Ski Centre

The Monastery of Mega Spileo
The Holy Monastery of Mega Spileo is the oldest orthodox monastery in Greece. It is located 80 km from Patras, and it was built in 362 A.D. on a rocky hill, at height of 924 m. Its architecture reminds of a fortress, and it is worth mentioning that the monastery was constructed by two brothers when a shepherd girl found miraculously an icon of Virgin Mary inside a cave. It is believed that Apostle Luke painted the icon.
Mega Spileo

The Monastery of Agia Lavra
Near Kalavrita, the Monastery of Agia Lavra is of great significance because there, the Greek Revolution against the Turks was declared on 25th March 1821. You can visit there the chapel and the museum about the history of the outset of the Greek Revolution.

100 km from Patras, at mountain Helmos, is located the stunning village of Zarouchla. Stone-built houses, a beautiful square and a mountainous lovely surrounding are worth the visit and the route from Patras city.

Tsivlou Lake
In a close distance to Zarouchla, you can find Tsivlou Lake, one of the most popular lakes in Greece, with lush greenery and crystal waters. Many people swim in the lake, but the area is famous as a favourite spot for camping in Peloponnese.

Lake Tsivlou

The cog train
The cog train covers a distance of about 22 km from Kalavrita to Diakofto. It is one of the most beautiful trips in Greece because the train passes through rare natural sceneries and picturesque villages like Zachlorou. Take the train from Kalavrita or Diakofto, and enjoy one hour of breathtaking view that you have not ever seen.
Cog train

Ionian Sea
Patras is situated in western Peloponnese, and thus, it is close to the Ionian Sea. From Patras, you can take the boat to the nearby Ionian Islands of Kefalonia and Zakynthos, but you can also swim to the crystal waters of the mainland Peloponnese, which overlooks the Ionian Sea.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Patras, Greece Delfini Hotel
Delfini Hotel
102, Iroon Polytechneiou str. , Terpsithea, 26442 Patras, Greece

Delfini Hotel is located in Patra, just 2.5 km away from the city center with the many shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. There is a small beach right opposite the hotel. The nearest airport is Araxos Airport which is 56 km away.