Travel guide

Akrata


General info

Welcome to Akrata...

Akrata is the second largest city in the Municipality “Akrata” in the Prefecture of Achaia. It is located approximately 150 km away from Athens and 70 km from the capital of Achaia Patras. Akrata has developed into a popular tourist destination thanks to its beautiful beaches and the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Two areas near Akrata are in particular, very attractive for naturists: Lake “Tsiblou” and the Waters of “Stygos”.

 

In the past…

Although findings from the Neolithic era have been detected in the region, the picturesque coastal town itself is relatively short on history. It was founded after the end of the Greek revolution, when the inhabitants of the surrounding areas felt safe enough to leave their mountainous villages and settle in the lowlands where the living conditions were more favourable. The new settlement was named Akrata (probably from the nearby “Krathi” River) and experienced significant population growth, especially during the 20th century.

 

Nowadays…

Akrata nowadays has approximately 1,900 inhabitants and is the seat of the municipality of Akrata. That includes the region on either sides of the “Krathi” River. Thanks to the verdant- with citrus and olives- coastal zone with its picturesque, clean beaches of “Platanos”, “Akrata” and “Porobitsa”, the region has grown, in recent years, into a popular resort with modern accommodations. For holidays of relaxation, Akrata is a perfect destination. In addition to the fantastic scenery with Pine trees, Sycamore trees, vineyards and wild pine tree forests on the steep slopes of the surrounding mountain area you can enjoy the beautiful beaches and taste the great Greek cuisine.

Sight seeing


If you happen to come by or stay in this beautiful city, then
you can visit:

 

  • The public library of Akrata

  • the great Cathedral of “Agios Charalambos”

  • The Monastery of “Agia Triada” (post-Byzantine era, built in 1715) which is located on the outskirts of the city

  • The small chapel of “Agion Panton” (all Saints) which is built on a rock

  • By following the path along the River “Krathi” you will pass through plenty of picturesque villages, where you can see remarkable monuments from the Byzantine or post-Byzantine era, such as “Balimi” with the famous Byzantine Church “Kimisis tis Theotokou”, “Agridi”, with the very Church of “Agios Nikolaos” and finally, the famous forest of “Zarouchla”, where you can visit the Church of “Agia Triada”

How to go


By Car:

Akrata is located at a distance of 150 Km from Athens. Once you get in Attiki Odos towards Eleusina, continue your trip on the national highway Athens-Corinth for approximately 80 km (50-60 minutes). Leave Corinth behind you and continue your journey towards Patras. Finally take the exit (attention to the road signs) which will lead you to the city of Akrata.

 

Total travel time : 110-130 minutes

 

By Bus:

There are daily itineraries from Athens to Nemea. The departure point is at the main bus station of Athens. (KTEL Busses Kifisos - Kifissou 100, on the national road of Athens).

 

For more information please call:

KTEL Busses Athens :  ☎ (+30) 210 5136185

KTEL Busses Patras :  ☎ (+30) 2610 623888

 

By Train:

For more information and itineraries, please visit the following websites:

www.proastiakos.net  and  www.ose.gr

Useful telephones


Police Station Akrata :  ☎ (+ 30) 26960 22100


Taxi Station Akrata :  ☎ (+ 30) 26960 22959


KEP (Citizen Service Center) Akrata :  ☎ (+ 30) 26960 29040


Health Centre Akrata :  ☎ (+ 30) 26960 22222


Fire Department Akrata :  ☎ (+ 30) 26960 23199


Pharmacies Akrata :  ☎ (+ 30) 26960 - 22503, 31237


Post Office Akrata :  ☎ (+ 30) 26960 22613


Agrotiki Bank Akrata :  ☎ (+ 30) 26960 22887


Public Library Akrata :  ☎ (+ 30) 26960 - 29040, 23140

Distances

From the city of Akrata to:

 

Athens

149 km

Thessaloniki

525 km

Piraeus

146 km

Larisa

491 km 

Volos

464 km 

Ioannina

279 km 

Zakynthos

182 km 

Pylos

257 km 

Kalamata

218 km

Nafplio

121 km 

Patras

70 km 

Sparti

195 km 

Corinth

70 km 

Igoumenitsa

345 km

Pyrgos

168 km