Patras, Greece

Patras is Greece’s third-largest city and the regional capital of Western Greece. The city’s scenic setting is at the foot of Mount Panachaikon, overlooking the Gulf of Patras (Wikipedia). It’s divided into a lower section (Kato Poli), with the urban core/port area and an upper section, which is the older part of the city around Patras Castle. The options for running in Patras center around the waterfront. Once you move inland, it’s quite hilly!

There are three principal running routes in Patras, which can be mixed & matched. We’ve mapped a 6.5 km route along the waterfront, about 1/2 of it on dedicated path, with nice views of Patras Bay. There’s also nice ‘runseeing’ tour, which includes the Castle area, Dasillio Park, and pedestrianized sections of central Patras. For those who don’t mind hills, the Park of Panachaidos hiking area offers scenic, hilly roads & paths.

Notes: Once you move inland, the area is hilly. Also note that Patras weather is very hot in summer. Use the right precautions!

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Patras Waterfront Run

Patras, Greece

The best place to run in Patras is the waterfront along Patras Bay. Overall, it's 6.5 km from the Elos Marshes to the New Port area. About 1/2 of it is on a dedicated waterfront path, with great views! There are a couple less scenic connector sections.

Patras has a classic Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Summer temperatures average in the 30-31C (86-88F), with very warm nights. Winter temperatures are mild, with highs in the 14C range (57F). Most of the city’s 690mm (27-inches) of annual rainfall falls between October and March. NOTES: runners should be aware of hot summer weather. Also, temperatures in the mountains can be much cooler, with snow in winter.


For easy access to the best running in Patras, try to stay in the Lower Patras area, near the waterfront.


There’s a good number of centrally located stores which sell athletic & running gear. See the overview map on the Patras home page.

This calendar from Ahotu lists running events in Patras & area.

Patras Half-Marathon. April. The most important annual road racing event in Patras.