Patras city

Patras is Greece third-largest city and the regional capital of Western
Greece, in the northern Peloponnese, 215 km (134 mi) west of Athens. The
city is built at the foothills of Mount Panachaikon, overlooking the Gulf of
Patras has a population of 215,000. The core settlement has a history
spanning for four millennia; in the Roman period it had become a
cosmopolitan center of the eastern Mediterranean whilst, according to the
Christian tradition, it was also the place of Saint Andrew's martyrdom.
Dubbed as Greece's Gate to the West, Patras is a commercial hub, while its
busy port is a nodal point for trade and communication with Italy and the rest
of Western Europe. The city has two public universities and one
Technological Institute, hosting a large student population and rendering
Patras an important scientific centre with a field of excellence in technological
education. The Rio-Antirio bridge connects Patras' easternmost suburb of Rio
to the town of Antirrio, connecting the Peloponnese peninsula with mainland
Every year, in February, the city hosts one of Europe's largest carnivals:
notable features of the Patras Carnival include its mammoth satirical floats
and balls and parades, enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of visitors in a
Mediterranean climate. Patras is also famous for supporting an indigenous
cultural scene active mainly in the performing arts and modern urban
It was European Capital of Culture in 2006.
Patras has a Mediterranean climate. It features the typical mild, wet winters
and hot, dry summers, with spring and autumn being pleasant transitional
seasons. Autumn in Patras, however, is wetter than spring.