Patras is the capital city of the Prefecture of Achaia and the Region of Western Greece. It has a mild climate year round suitable for exploring most outdoor activities that the city has to offer. The area's fertile soil is suitable for almost every kind of vegetable and crop and the area hosts a rich vegetation of olive and citrus trees. The region is an important agricultural area for all Greece and its vineyards produce fine wine. Patras is a vibrant city with a population of around a quarter of a million with very attractive and exciting events and lots of amenities. It successfully combines the advantages of a modern city with the charm of one with a very long history. Its residents have many opportunities as the city provides many cultural and recreational venues. The waterfront, beautiful squares and many traditional and neo-classical buildings captivate the visitor.
The largest church of the country, the Cathedral of Agios Andreas was built in the 20th century in the Byzantine architectural style. Seating around 5,000 people, the church was dedicated to Apostle Saint Andrews, the patron of the city. Tradition has it that he was martyred by crucifixion in the city of Patras, and the cathedral is an important pilgrimage shrine, as his skull and pieces of the cross he was crucified on are preserved in a reliquary by the altar. The church is also home to spectacular icons and paintings. Exploring the Medieval castle is another highlight in visiting Patras. It served as an administrative center and the city’s defensive heart during the Frankish and Venetian rule of the city, as well as during the Ottoman era. This castle is a major attraction where visitors can enjoy panoramic views over the city and the sea.