Achaia is an interesting prefecture and the perfect spot for your vacation, no matter what time of year it happens to be. The climate in the hot summers led to sunny days dominating the beaches and partial clouds and rain taking over the mountains. In the mild winters you will find snow in the mountains of Erymanthus, Panachaicus and Aroania.
Apart from being an ideal destination for your holidays, is also an important hub of the incoming tourism from Western Europe. It comprises a number of towns, hamlets and villages, which are all very special. A journey, using the railway throughout Achaia is quite magical.
Patra is the capital and the biggest city in Peloponnese and the third largest in Greece. It is also a major portal to Greece for foreigners because of the harbour. Divided in the upper and the lower city (Ano Poli, Kato Poli), has a fine street planning, open squares, beautiful parks and interesting monuments. The squares Vassileos Georgiou and Olgas, the ruins of the medieval castle, the various churches and the spectacular site Psila Alonia. There is an archeological museum, an art gallery and the municipal theatre, which is a replica of Milan’s La Scala. The city is also well known for the Carnival.
The interesting Aegio, which is the second largest town of the prefecture, the cosmopolitan resort and transportation hub Rio, the coastal village Diakofto, Kalogria with the infinite sandy beach, the traditional mountainous village Zahlorou, the seaside village Akrata with the beautiful natural sites, are the most renowned settlements of the prefecture of Achaia.
For wine lovers, the name Achaia Clauss is the stuff legends are made of. Indeed, there is more legend and romance surrounding this Castle-Winery than any other winery in Greece. Attracting approximately 200,000 visitors per year, it is distinguished as one of the top most tourist sites of the region. The stone-made buildings and the century-old Mavrodaphne (traditional cellar), as well as the unique landscape with the breathtaking views should definitely not be missed.
Also, not to be past by are the gorgeous inner recess of the Cave of the Lakes in Kastria, Kalavryta. It offers such beauty and a unique string of cascading pools, which were incidentally only discovered in 1964. The town of Kalavryta also offers forests full of chestnut and pine trees, along with the popular Helmou Skiing Resort.
In Kato, you will find a wonderful Museum of Natural History. The golden beach of Kalogria, and the pine forest of Strofylia, composes some of the most picturesque landscape in Europe itself.
Pappas pond and the wetland of Prokopou consist of a rare ecosystem of unique beauty and great scientific interest. It is here where Teichos Dymaeon, and other archaeological ruins can be found. Sandameri is the favourite area of parachutists who enjoy the thrill of both perpendicular and vertical free falling.
The cluster of monasteries in the Movri foothills (Agios Nikolaos Spata, Batha, Maritsa, and Filokali) is a magnificent sight to see in all its glory.
So whether you are an enthusiast of summer or winter holidays, come spend them in one of the most exquisite places in the world - Achaia, Greece. It will be a holiday you won’t soon forget.