Travel guide

Tripoli


General info

Welcome to Tripolis...

Tripolis is a city located in the central Peloponnese. It belongs to the prefecture of Arcadia and the province of Mantineia and is the capital of both of them. It is built on the foothills of Mount Mainalo at an altitude of 660 meters and its population is 25,520 residents. Throughout the year, Tripolis hosts its visitors in its numerous available hotels, lodgments and suites, since it is not just a holiday destination but also the center of business activities.

 

In the past…

The first reference to the name «Tripolis" was made in 1467. Before then, the city was only known by the names «Tripolitsa» or «Ntropolitsa». In the late 17th century, Tripoli was already a big city, populated mostly by Turks and Albanians. It was back in 1770 when the Ottomans set up a high wall around the city, consisting of 7 gates and 13 towers. In 1807 the Velis Pasha, son of the legendary Ali Pasha, moved to the town of Tripolis and turned in into a powerful Turkish military base in southern Greece, bringing with him an army of 12,000 men. The famous siege of Tripolis began in April 1821 and lasted until the 23rd September, 1821, when Greeks made a general attack and the city returned to the Greeks. Until 1830, the city’s population was 3, 380 residents.

 

Nowadays…

Today, Tripolis is a commercial, agricultural and transportation center of the Peloponnese and offers all the necessary modern amenities and hosts a slew of recreational features for its residents. It combines wonderfully preserved buildings of neoclassical architecture with newly built constructions, large squares with historic monuments and traditional churches. If you plan to visit Tripolis in Arcadia, we recommend that you should make a stroll to most major sights, museums and archaeological sites adjacent to Tegea and Mantineia, where you can admire the exhibits in the archaeological and the folklore museum and the ruins of the ancient settlement, respectively. Tripolis is also known for its delicious traditional dishes, which containe mostly meat, lsuch as the beef/hare stew (stifado), the intestines guts of lamb (kokoretsi) and the spit roast lamb(Skewered meat) combined with the excellent wine of Mantineia. Other famous local products are: the yogurt and cheeses, the olives, the homemade sweets/cakes, the local liquor "Tipota"(Nothins) and many others that you can taste during your stay in the city.

Sight seeing

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


• the Square of "Agios Vasilios", which is the main square of Tripoli. Next to it there is also the church of "Agios Vasilis"


• the Square “Areos” which is the largest Square in Tripoli. This is one of the largest squares not only in Greece but also in the Balkans


• the Panarcadian Archaeological Museum, which is housed in a two-story neoclassical building, crafted by the architect Ernst Schiller. It features findings from the excavation of ancient sites in Arcadia


• the War Museum which was founded in February 2000 and is housed in the ground floor of Malliaropoulos’s house, in the central square of "Agios VAsilios". It features the most important exhibits from the war of 1821, as of the war of 1940


• the Judicial Building (“Dikastiko Megaro”) which is located on the Square Areo. On the facade of the Megaro, there were put up the statues of the judges of Theodoros Kolokotronis, Tertsetis and Polizoidis


• the “Mantzoureio Building”, situated where a Catholic church was built during the Ottoman period in the honor of Virgin Mary


• the Grove of "Agios Georgios" which is located within walking distance from the city and is the main green zone for Tripoli. It is ideal for sports and offers endless hours of fun for those who will run or you walk through the shady paths of the park – which exceed a length of 2km.

How to go

By Car:

Tripolis is located 163 km away from Athens. After you have entered the Attica Road, follow the highway of Athens-Corinth (for about 80 km, approx. 40-50 minutes). After you have left behind Corinth, continue your journey following the national of Corinth- Tripolis (paying attention to the road signs so as not to miss the exit / approx. 81 km, 40 min. journey) and take the exit which will lead you to the city center.

 

Total travel time : 100 - 120 minutes

 

By Bus:

There are daily itineraries from Athens to Tripoli. 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 5132834, 5124910

KTEL Busses Tripoli : ☎  (+30) 2710 224314


By Train:

OSE Train station Tripoli : ☎  (+30) 2710 241696

 

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

www.proastiakos.net and www.ose.gr

Useful telephones


Police Station Tripoli : ☎  (+30) 2710 230541


Taxi Station Tripoli : ☎  (+30) 2710 233010, 226220


Hospital/Health Center Tripoli : ☎  (+30) 2710 371700


Drugstores Tripoli : ☎  (+30) 2710 - 223636, 224114, 242349


Post office Tripoli : ☎  (+30) 2710 221556


Agrotiki Bank Tripoli : ☎  (+30) 2710 222051


National Bank Tripoli : ☎  (+30) 2710 371156


Piraeus Bank Tripoli : ☎  (+30) 2710 230750


Eurobank Tripoli : ☎  (+30) 2710 222838


Alpha Bank Tripoli : ☎  (+30) 2710 232230


Citizen Service Centre (KEP) Tripoli : ☎  (+30) 2710 230246


Municipality Offices Tripoli : ☎  (+30) 2710 222319


Fire Department Tripoli : ☎  (+30) 2710 236026


Tripoli’s War Museum : ☎  (+30) 2710 234410


Archaeological Museum of Tripoli : ☎  (+30) 2710 242148


Archaeological Museum of Tripoli : ☎  (+30) 2710 238783

Distances

Distances from the city of Tripolis to:

 

Athens

158 km

Thessaloniki   

648 km

Piraeus

154 km

Larisa

499 km 

Volos

476 km 

Ioannina

413 km 

Zakynthos

218 km 

Pylos

119 km 

Kalamata

80 km

Nafplio

57 km 

Patras

168 km 

Sparti

57 km 

Corinth

79 km 

Igoumenitsa

479 km

Pyrgos

139 km