Western

Western

Western Greece is one of thirteen administrative regions of Greece. It extends over two continental parts separated by the Rion Strait. A bridge, called Rion Antirion by the name of the localities that connects, inaugurated in August 2004, connects the two banks. The regional capital is Patras and is divided into three regional units (pre-Kallikratis prefectures), Aetolia-Acarnania in Central Greece and Achaea and Elis in the Peloponnese, which is further subdivided into 19 municipalities.

The Region of Western Greece stretches from the northwest part of the Peloponnese to the western tip of the Greek mainland. All three prefectures have extensive coastal areas along the Ionian Sea and the Gulfs of Ambrakia, Patras and Corinth.

Today the Region of Western Greece is a modern communications and transport hub that connects Greece to the rest of Europe. The busy port of Patras is not only the Region’s capital, but also the country’s main gateway to Western Europe.

The region has hot summers and mild winters. Sunny days dominate during the summer months in areas within the beaches and partly cloudy and rainy in the mountains. Snow is very common during the winter in the mountains of Erymanthus, Panachaicus and Aroania. Winter high temperatures are around the 10 °C mark throughout the low-lying areas.

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Ancient Olympia

Archaeological Site of Olympia includes the sanctuary of Zeus and buildings built around it, such as sports facilities, auxiliary buildings, secular buildings. In the sacred grove of Altea there is the core of the sanctuary, with the temples, the treasures and the most important buildings. In the same place, there is also a part of one of the biggest mosaic collections in Greece.

Ancient Olympia

Archaeological Museum of Patras

It houses collections about the history of Patras and the surrounding area from prehistory to the end of Roman times. The first and bigger section, exhibits items of everyday life, working tools, cosmetics and jewellery from Mycenaean, Ancient, Hellenistic and Roman Greece, with the oldest being of 17th century BC. Apart from these items, this section includes partly reconstructed Roman residences, in natural size by the original materials.

Archaeological Museum of Patras

Mountainous Nafpaktia

Mountainous Nafpaktia stands above the beautiful coastal landscapes. It rises within a diverse topography, where mountain bulges, gorges and water dominate. Characteristic elements of Nafpaktia Mountains are the sculptured slopes, the livestock roads and the pastures on mantels that reveal the titanic struggle of generations for survival.

Mountainous Nafpaktia

How to get there

By plane: from the Athens airport where all European flights arrive, you can rent a car and drive along the Corinthian and Patras gulf to Western Greece.

By ship: you can get to Patras with ferries, also daily, which connect the Italian ports of Ancona, Bari, Brindisi, Trieste and Venice and the Greek ports of Zakynthos, Kefalonia and Corfu.

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Ancient Olympia

Olympia is a sanctuary of ancient Greece in Elis on the Peloponnese peninsula, is known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in ...
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Pyrgos

Pyrgos is the capital of the Elis regional unit. The city is located in the western part of the Peloponnese, 4 kilometres from the Ionian Sea ...
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Rio–Antirrio bridge

The Rio–Antirrio Bridge is one of the world's longest multi-span cable-stayed bridges and longest of the fully suspended type ...
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Kyllini

Kyllini is a port town and a community in the municipal unit of Kastro-Kyllini, Elis, Greece. It is situated on the Ionian Sea coast ...
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Mountainous Achaia

A large part of the region of Achaia is covered by hills and mountains accompanied by legends, stories, myths, tradition and rich history, ...
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Kalavrita

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Agrinio

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Messolonghi

Missolonghi is known as the site of a dramatic siege during the Greek War of Independence, and of the death of poet Lord Byron. Settlement ...
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Mountainous Nafpaktia

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Nafpaktos

Nafpaktia is the historical name for the region around the port town of Nafpaktos (Naupactus) ...
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Seaside Scenic Villages

Seaside villages seamlessly blend traditional elements with the comforts of a modern summer destination ...

Wetlands

Amvrakikos is a large and complex ecosystem formed by the deltas of two rivers (Louros and Arachtos) ...
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