The Region of Western Greece is one of the 13 regions that make up Greece and is comprised of three administrative districts: Aitoloakarnania, Achaia, and Ilia. With an area covering almost 4400 square miles, you can be sure you’ll find the perfect spot for your unique interests – for every season of the year. Below find some of our favorite spots throughout this part of the country.
With rivers, lakes, lagoons, the sea, and wetlands, Aitoloakarnania is one of the most picturesque areas of Greece. Visit the Einolimni lake, nestled in the mountains or go to Varasova where you can partake in activities such as abseiling. Alternatively, travel to Nafpaktos – a town with Medieval charm and fairy-tale vibes – with its Venetian port and castle, beaches, and lush green landscape. And if the above did not convince you, this district deserves a visit for another purpose – to visit the historic city of Messolonghi. As many of you will recall, Messolonghi was the scene of a dramatic siege during the Greek War of Independence as well as the death of poet and philhellene Lord Byron.
A mosaic of natural habitats, seas, mountains, picturesque villages, and modern cities, Achaia will unfold an entire new Greek world to you.
The city of Patras, the lively gateway to Western Greece (and its third largest city), is the perfect year-round destination for those looking for a variety of bars, clubs, and music venues. More specifically, Patras is famous for its Carnival in February/March as well as the International Festival of Patras and the International Film Festival.
Another unique place to visit in the Achaia district is Kalavrita – which received much international press this past season. Less than 120 miles from Athens, Kalvrita is the perfect place for skiing/snowboarding/snowmobiling (you read that right!) in Greece. But that’s not all this town has to offer – Kalavrita is also home to some of the most famous (and beautiful) monasteries in Greece including the Holy Monastery of Mega Spilaion and the Holy Monastery of Agia Lavra.
Ilia, the Golden Riviera of Greece, with huge expanses of coastline – both public and secluded – is the home of Arkoudi with its white sand, blue waters, and cosmopolitan, island-like atmosphere, as well as Lake Kaiafa which looks like the work of an artist. It is also the home of the town of Kyllini, a picturesque seaside town with a rich historical and cultural heritage. With every sort of accommodation available, from ultra luxurious hotels to basic campsites, Kyllini guarantees comfortable and organized vacations for families, groups of friends, and couples – regardless of whether they are seeking exciting excursions or moments of tranquility.
Finally, Ilia is also the home of Ancient Olympia – the most glorious sanctum of the ancient world – where the Olympic Games were first held in honor of Zeus (and were accompanied by the sacred truce that signaled a pause in hostilities between cities).
There’s so much more to Greece than just its amazing islands – Western Greece awaits!