Travel guide

Psathopyrgos


General info

Welcome to Psathopirgos...

Psathopirgos is one of the most attractive modern resorts of the Peloponnese, seeing that it combines beach with mountains and still retains its traditional character. It belongs to the Prefecture of Achaia, just 18 km away from Patras and 198 km away from Athens. There are two versions as to the origin of its name: according to the first one, it took the name Psathopirgos because of the straw tower which there was on the beach so as to protect fishing boats. According to the second version, it received this name because there was the stronghold of Athena.


In the past…

The existence of Psathopyrgos as a residential location is witnessed already in Antiquity - as indeed the existence of ancient ruins has indicated. There is evidence for the habitation of the settlement not only during the Venetian but also during the Ottoman period. According to a census of the Venetians and the Ottomans, there were about 30 people in the 17th century. However, the habitation seemed to be interrupted by the Greek Revolution of 1821 until shortly after the mid-19th century. Then, the village prospered to a great extent thanks to the raisin production which developed in the Peloponnese. The raisin growers from Zaholi of Corinthia would arrive in the town during summertime to continue their work there. This labor movement revived the settlement; namely, there were built houses gradually and the residents came to 350 at the end of the century. Their origin from Zaholis resulted in the name Zachouliotika or Zachoulitika. However, the settlement never kept these names. The growth of the settlement is also showed by the fact that there was a marsh in the area that was drained in 1903, in the location called "Black Lake". Today, the location which is directly in front of one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, namely Rodini, is also known by the same name. Finally, during the Second World War, the region was used as a supply port for the Greek army at the Albanian front and was present at the time of the German attack and the reprisals through bombing in April 1941. During these bombardments, the minesweeper Nestos was hit just outside the port of Patras and for fear of plunging into the harbor, it sailed to Psathopirgos, where it sank. In the same location there is its wreck today, which attracts a lot of divers.

Nowadays…

Psathopirgos is the perfect combination of green and blue; it is like an island and mainland together. It is an ideal destination for relaxation and rejuvenation, with a magnificent view to the Corinthian Gulf and the city of Nafpaktos. It is just a breath away from the cosmopolitan life of Patras (capital of Achaia prefecture), near the historical city Kalavryta as well as the most important archaeological sites, such as Delphi and Ancient Olympia. It is an ideal base for trips to historic and modern Greece. Today the village has interesting cultural activity, with the Cultural Association of Psathopirgos to play the leading part. Alternative routes in the countryside and in the surrounding areas, visits to archaeological sites of the castle or the vicinity, wreck dives and relaxation in the traditional taverns which are famous for their seafood, all of them offer a variety of proposals for today's visitors of Psathopirgos, regardless of the time and season.

Sight seeing

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


• its countless traditional restaurants and taverns that are famous for their delicious dishes and fresh fish…


• the magical beach of Psathopirgos as well as the surrounding areas


• the city of Patras, which is very near to Psathopirgos. A coffee or a walk through the center of Patras is definitely a must

How to go


By Car:

Psathopirgos is located 198 km away from Athens. After you have entered the Attica Road until Elefsina, continue your journey on the national road of Athens-Corinth (for about 80 km, approx. 50-60 minutes). After you have left behind Corinth, continue your journey to Patras following the relevant signs. Continue your journey on the national road of Corinth - Patras until the 110th kilometer (90 minutes journey) and take the exit to Psathopirgos, following the road signs.

 

Total travel time: 110 - 130 minutes

 


By Bus:

There are daily itineraries from Athens to Psathopirgos. 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 5147310 - 5136185

KTEL Busses Psathopirgos (Patras) :  ☎ (+30) 2610 - 623886 , 421205

 


By Train:

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

 

http://www.proastiakos.net  and  http://www.ose.gr

Useful telephones


Police Station Psathopirgos : ☎  (+30) 2610 - 420716, 623061


Traffic Police of Patras : ☎  (+30) 2610 433181


Tourist Police of Patras : ☎  (+30) 2610 451833


Taxi Station Psathopirgos : ☎  (+30) 2610 450000


University Hospital of Rio : ☎  (+30) 2610 999111


Saint Andrew Hospital Patras : ☎ (+30) 2610 227000


Drugstores Psathopirgos : ☎  (+30) 2610 - 461563, 520046, 222406


Post office Psathopirgos : ☎  (+30) 2610 224703


Agrotiki Bank : ☎  (+30) 2610 225237


National Bank : ☎  (+30) 2610 622433


Emporiki Bank : ☎  (+30) 2610 362800


Piraeus Bank : ☎  (+30) 2610 243413


Eurobank : ☎  (+30) 2610 270136


Alpha Bank : ☎  (+30) 2610 336346


Citizen Service Centre (KEP) Psathopirgos : ☎  (+30) 2610 - 243200, 243400


Fire Departmen Psathopirgos : ☎  (+30) 2610 333211


Port Authority of Achaia : ☎  (+30) 2610 341002


Prefecture Offices of Achaia : ☎  (+30) 2610 638301-2

Distances

From the city of Psathopyrgos to:

 

Athens

196 km

Thessaloniki

472 km

Piraeus

192 km

Larisa

321 km 

Volos

294 km 

Ioannina

226 km 

Zakynthos

129 km 

Pylos

229 km 

Kalamata

264 km

Nafplio

167 km 

Patras

18 km 

Sparti

241 km 

Corinth

116 km 

Igoumenitsa

292 km

Pyrgos

115 km