The port city of Patras is the third largest city in Greece after Athens and Thessaloniki with 180,000 inhabitants. The port of Patras is the most important port in Greece after Piraeus. It is a modern commercial port with ferry connections all over the world. From here, the freighters bring Greek wine, currants and Greek olive oil all over the world. Patras has a military airport that is also used for civilian purposes. The medieval town of Patras was completely burned down by the Turks in 1821. For quick reconstruction, the city was built in a checkerboard pattern. The attraction of Patras is not the port region, but the inner city with its squares and shopping streets and the upper town with the Venetian castle and the Roman Odeon. From the Venetian castle you have a beautiful view of the strait, the Rio bridge and the Panachaikon mountains. The church "St. Andreas" in the upper town is also worth a visit. It is the largest Orthodox church in the Balkans, it can accommodate 5500 visitors.
The Patras Carnival is also reknown outside the country's borders. The carnival has over 30,000 actors and over a million visitors every year. This spectacular event is one of the best event in Greece. Patras has over 40,000 students who ensure that it never gets boring in the city. Countless modern and super stylish bars, cafes and fast food shops from international chains. The arcade streets with their beautiful boutiques are also typical. Worth to visit is the City Nafpaktos in the oposite of Patras and the RIO-Bridge.
If you have some time, you should visit the "Achaia Clauss" winery, which is 7 km outside the city. The Achaia Clauss winery can be reached by driving from the harbor towards Tripoli and on the outskirts the winery is already officially signposted. The winery is idyllically situated on the slopes of the Peloponnesian mountains. A cedar alley leads to the historic winery. The founder of this winery was the Bavarian German Gustav Claus (1825-1908). He named his first wine "Mavro Daphne" after a Greek worker whom he observed at work. Her eyes were black and her name was "Daphne". The name means the Black Daphne. This historic winery was founded by the German Gustav Clauss in 1861. Today, over 25 million liters of wine are produced annually. The winery was taken over by the Greek family Antonopoulos in 1920. The Empress Elisabeth (1885) of Austria was the largest wine consumer. The winery today offers wines from the "Cabernet-Sauvignon" grape and the Greek "Traube Oinokastro" (white wine). The historic winery can be visited and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel.: 00302610368100
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