Patras, Greece, is a major port city for the country. From here, you can visit a western Greek island, or even take a ferry all the way to Italy! But before you do, you may want to consider spending a night or two in a Patras, Greece, hostel. There's plenty to see, do, and eat.
As the third-largest city in Greece, Patras offers much for travelers to do. You can find ruins from several different eras, including a Medieval castle and a Roman odeon. Both modern and ancient architecture is spaced with beautiful parks. While Greek Orthodox is the prominent religion, you can visit historic churches from several denominations.
Patras features some unique cultural activities. The city hosts several events throughout the year, including the Patras Carnival and the Patras International Festival. Art includes music, theater, and visual art. You can explore art and history in one of Patras' many museums and galleries.
While flights are scheduled and very limited, Patras is still extremely accessible. Taxi cabs are plentiful, though you may want to read up on Greece's taxi laws to avoid being ripped off. Both local and regional bus services are offered. Commuter and regional rails exist also. If you are backpacking Europe using a rail pass, you may be pleased to discover that some ferry and bus lines will be covered by your pass. This is especially a good cost-saver for long-distance overnight ferries between Greece and Italy!
While the Port of Patras does contribute to many travelers passing through this city, not many of them see Patras as a destination in itself. Because of this, Patras, Greece hostel options are limited. Foreign tourists are less common than nationals, so communication at Patras, Greece hostels or other accommodations can sometimes be difficult.
Patras offers a little bit of coastal life while still in mainland Greece.
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