Travel guide


General info

Welcome to Vartholomio...

Vartholomio is a flat hamlet in the Prefecture of Elis with a population of 3100 residents and is the seat of the homonymous municipality. It is located in the western part of the prefecture, next to the point where the river “Pinios” turns south to eventually flow into the Ionian Sea, opposite the island of “Zakynthos”. It is situated in the northwest part of the town of Pyrgos, 32 km away from it, whereas it is linked to the new motorway of Patra - Pyrgos through Gastouni. Besides, it is connected by road to the main urban centers of the region as well as to the port of Kyllini.


In the past…

This settlement was constructed during the Byzantine era to protect its residents against the frequent attacks by Algerian pirates on the Peloponnesian coast. It was originally called “Valtohori” or “ Vatrahohori” since the region was full of frogs (Greek: Vatraxos). It took its current name from the Kingdom of the Franks (1204 - 1430), by Knight Frank Bartholomew, who dominated the region. According to another version, the name Vartholomio derived from the nature of the land itself, which was swampy. The historic battle, in which Turkish and Egyptian troops were killed after encountering strong resistance from Bartholomew, took place on November 10, 1825.



Vartholomio combines natural beauty with modern tourism infrastructure. The numerous hotels, hostels, restaurants, cafes and bars provide high quality services to visitors who can enjoy a pleasant and comfortable stay. The picturesque hamlet is also ideal for short but long-distance trips.

Sight seeing

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


• The Folklore Museum which was founded in 2000. Its role is to collect and preserve items which relate to history and local traditions, such as clothing, furniture, signs and more

• The famous Forest of “Thines”. Thines is a long sandy beach, about 4 km away from Vartholomio, with crystal clear turquoise blue sea water, ideal for swimming. The road to the beach crosses the forest of the Tines. This artificial forest was planted in around 1950 so as to protect the crops from the dunes (small hills of sand) that occupied the area. Thines is rich in aesthetic value; it spreads over an area of nearly 16,000 acres, full of of pine, eucalyptus and acacia trees

• the Monastery of "Parthena Maria Eleousa” which lays about 10 km away from Vartholomio, near the village of “Lygia”. It dates from the 9th century and has been repeatedly damaged. The remnants are a church and a tower which has been restored. It served as refuge for monks in times of invasion. There is also a cave with stalactites next to the monastery, the water of which is considered to be holy

How to go

By Car:

Vartholomio is 305km away from Athens. After you have entered the Attica Road until “Elefsina”, follow the highway Athens-Corinth (for about 80 km, approx.50-60 minutes). After you have left behind Corinth, keep in the direction to Patras following the relevant road signs. Follow the national road of Corinth – Patras for another 130km (approx. 90 min. journey). Soon before you reach Patras, follow the road signs and keep driving in the national road Patras - Pyrgos (for 90 km approx., 70 min.). Finally, exit the national road by following the signs to Vartholomio.


Total travel time : 200 - 230 minutes

By Bus:

There are daily itineraries from Athens to Vartholomio. 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

KTEL Busses Prefecture Ilia : ☎  (+30) 26210 - 20600, 20601, 20602

By Train:

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

Useful telephones

Police Station Vartholomio : ☎  (+30) 26230 41213

Taxi Station Vartholomio : ☎  (+30) 26230 41500

Health Center Vartholomio : ☎  (+30) 26230 41258

Drugstores Vartholomio : ☎  (+30) 26230 - 4124, 41761, 41521


Post office Vartholomio : ☎  (+30) 26230 41237

Agrotiki Bank Vartholomio : ☎  (+30)26230 41239


National Bank Vartholomio : ☎  (+30) 26230 41666

Citizen Service Centre (KEP) Vartholomio : ☎  (+30) 26230 43808

Municipality Offices Vartholomio : ☎  (+30) 26233 60517

Fire Department Vartholomio : ☎  (+30) 199


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