• Visit the Vouraikos gorge, the Diakofto Kalavryta Cog Railway and the village of Zachlorou
• Make a visit to the ecosystem of the Strofylia Forest and the Kotychi lagoon
• Make a trip to the Monasteries of Megalo Spilaio and of Agia Lavra, as well as to the Ski Centre at the Municipality of Kalavryta
• Visit Cave of Lakes (Kastria) and the springs of Aroania in the Municipality of Lefkasio
• Visit Patras, a vibrant city that combines important antiquities with a modern Western lifestyle
• Join the carnival of Patra, one of the biggest European carnivals
• In the summertime, don’t miss the Patras International Festival at the Roman Theatre
• In May, visit the “Anthestiria” festival in the city of Aigion
• Do not miss the International Course for Wind Instruments in Kalavryta
• Go to the Festival of Archeos Klitoras in the homonymous ancient theatre
Perfecture of ACHAIA
Region of Western Greece Capital town: Patra Area: Population:
Achaia, the Western gate of Greece, has an important history. Its capital, Patras, is one of the biggest provincial cities and shows a very interesting physiognomy, attributed to the city’s Western influence as shown by the richness of its built environment.
The most significant touristic destination of the Prefecture is the area of Kalavryta, owing to the operation of the Ski Centre. Nearby are the Monasteries of Megalo Spilaio and of Agia Lavra. In the Municipality of Lefkasios the Cave of the Lakes has been discovered.
The Prefecture boasts numerous pebbled beaches by the Corinthian coastline and vast beaches by the Ionian coastline. The Kalogria lagoon and the Strofylia - Kotychi wetlands are noted ecosystems of Achaia.
The first inhabitants of Achaia were the Ionians. Following the descent of the Dorians, the Achaians were located in the area and built twelve cities. In 280 BC, the Achaian League was established under the threat of the Macedonian and the Roman expansion. In the end, in 146 BC Achaia was subjugated to the Romans.
Apostle Andrew diffused Christianism and in 68 AD became a martyr in Patras. In 1205 AD, Patras came to the Franks and in 1460 to the Turks. In 1821 the city played an important part in the liberation from the Ottoman rule. During World War II, it suffered greatly.
• Tourist Police: 2610451893
• General Hospital of Patras: 2610999111, 2610223812
• Ski Centre of Kalavryta: 2692022661
• Cave of Lakes: 2692031001
• Forest of Strofylia: 2693031651
How to get there
• Achaia is quite easily accessible by car. Drivers however should be extra careful while driving on the National Highway as there isn’t a safety island
• KTEL Long-distance bus station of Achaia: Patras 2610623886-8 - Athens 2105147310
• Port Authorities: Patras 2610341002 - Rion 2610991679
• OSE (Hellenic Raliways Organisation): Patras 2610639108-9 – Kalavryta: 2692022245