A visitor can unwrap one pleasant surprise after another in Achaia. Tempt your senses with sumptuous images, scents and flavors as a whole world unfolds in front of you. It is a cordial invitation to unprecedented holiday experiences and the satisfaction of your every touring, nature loving, or cosmopolitan mood. In Achaia, you can even indulge all your moods at the same time!
FUN ALL THE WAY
The renowned city of Patras, Western Greece’s gateway to the Mediterranean, carries you away with its frenzied pace. Here, just like in beautiful Aigio, love (and perhaps a little flirting too!) is in the air at the numerous bars, clubs and music venues.
You’ll never want to get off the train of the historic rack and pinion railway, crossing the majestic Vouraikos gorge. You’ll get the experience of a lifetime on foot as well, as hikers claim there’s nothing quite like descending this particular gorge.
In winter, picturesque Kalavrita bids you a friendly welcome to its ski center on the slopes of Helmos for endless hours of fun. In the summer you will live carefree moments on Pounta beach while kitesurfers can ride sidesaddle to the wind, mastering the waves at Drepano.
In Achaia there is no end to the cornucopia of natural beauty. The Cave of the Lakes, lake Tsivlou, and the forest of Strofylia are but a few of the temptations.
TRADITION, CREATION, RECREATION
It is in this region that you will find the most famous monasteries in Greece: the Holy Monastery of Mega Spilaion and the Holy Monastery of Agia Lavra with sacred relics of Orthodox Faith. You will admire the largest Church in the Balkans, St. Andreas in Patras, and enjoy a coffee in Rio with a view of Casteli castle and the majestic Rio-Antirio bridge, marveling at how Man’s ingenuity seems to so effortlessly span the Earth and the centuries.
Intellectual activity thrives in Patras as evidenced by the International Festival of Patras and the International Film Festival. Carnival, the annual and biggest event of the city fills everyone, young and old alike, with unabashed positivity and joy.
Bid the prefecture farewell by trying the feta cheese of Kalavrita with a glass of Roditis, Moscato, or Mavrodaphne wine.