We're back with our Weekly Greek Postcards! With these newsletters, we want to show you what we consider the best places to visit in Greece, some you might know, some more off the beaten track, our hidden gems. This week we're featuring Greece's third largest city, Patras (Pátra in Greek), connected to the northern mainland by Santiago Calatrava's striking bridge to Rio. Patras has a major university, which means lots of vibrant student life to complement the natural hustle & bustle of such a major Mediterranean port (you can catch a ferry to Italy & the Ionian islands here!).
Patras has lovely museums: a striking Archaelogical museum, plus Folk Art and History & Ethnology. You'll find restored neoclassical buildings and modern street art, too, not to mention plenty of restaurants & cafes and squares to rest while climbing the hills!
The Castle and park around it, and nearby Roman Odeum & Theater n the hills above downtown
Spinney Hill, the dassílio, a pine-covered hill with pretty views of the bay
Saint Andrew's Cathedral, home of Patras' patron saint celebrating Nov 30th
The restored home of renown Greek poet Kostis Palamas
Achaia Claus winery, just outside town, the romantic birthplace of mavrodáfni wine
DON'T MISS THE PATRAS CARNIVAL! JAN 21 - FEB 26
Patras is the beating heart of Greece's Carnival season and the first city to start these Apókries celebrations, already at the end of January! Events run throughout the four-week period leading up to the start of Lent, with parades, masquerade balls, family-friendly activities, musical & theatrical performances and more. It's a great time to be in Patras.
It's been a difficult three pandemic years for the Patras Carnival but this video from 2019 gives you an idea of what we're in for this year! Whenever you decide to go to Patras , I hope you have an amazing time!
Enjoy the delicious taste of PDO Kimi figs from the island of Evia and bring the flavors of a Greek summer to your table. Hand-crafted by Kumilio using traditional techniques with no additives, preservatives, artificial coloring or flavors.