The Conference and Cultural Center is an autonomous meeting and exhibition complex of spaces. It is built in a 6 acre area, located in the University Campus, 7 Km east of the city of Patras, in the area of Rion. It has been built in two levels in a total surface area of 9.300 m2 and may host up to 2000 participants.
The Conference and Cultural Centre includes:
A Main Hall of 930 seats, with four translation studios and a 700 m2 theatrical stage (including its facilities) which is designed to host large orchestras, concerts and theatrical performances.
Underground areas for the construction, storing and safe keeping of theatre sets totalling a surface area of 900 m2.
A 250 seat Auditorium containing a theatrical stage, its back-stage area and four translation studios.
Four Halls for parallel meetings (one hall of 120 seats and three of 75 seats each), with two translation studios each.
Four Seminar Halls of 50 seats and four of 45.
A 200 m2 Hall for multiple use.
A two level reception area with a total surface area of 1100 m2.
60 m2 office space for the administrative support of conferences and other meetings.
Patras (pronunciation: [ˈpatra], Latin: Patrae (pl.)) is Greece’s third largest urban area and the regional capital of Western Greece, in northern Peloponnese, 215 km west of Athens. The city is built at the foothills of Mount Panachaikon, overlooking the Gulf of Patras. The Patras City Area is a conurbation of 160.400 inhabitants, while its wider urban area, in the new Patras municipality, has a population of 213,984 (in 2011). Patras’ core settlement has a history spanning four millennia, in the Roman period it had become a cosmopolitan center of the eastern Mediterranean.
Dubbed as Greece’s Gate to the West, Patras is a commercial hub, while its busy port is a nodal point for trade and communication with Italy and the rest of Western Europe. The city has two public universities and one Technological Institute, hosting a large student population and rendering Patras a major scientific centre with a field of excellence in technological education. The Rio-Antirio bridge connects Patras’ easternmost suburb of Rio to the town of Antirrio, connecting the Peloponnese peninsula with mainland Greece.
Every year, in February, the city hosts one of Europe’s largest and most colourful carnivals; notable features of the Patras Carnival include its mammoth-sized satirical floats and extravagant balls and parades, enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of visitors in a pleasant Mediterranean climate. Patras is also famous for supporting an indigenous cultural scene active mainly in the performing arts and modern urban literature. It was European Capital of Culture 2006. One can find more information about Patras on Lonely Planet.
Some suggestions concerning your well-being during your stay in Patras
No matter what your personal preferences are, Patras offers a variety of places where you can enjoy a coffee or a drink, have a snack or a traditional meal, drink ouzo by the seaside or a beer enjoying the sunset from the Upper Town (Ano Poli), go for a run or work in a modern café.
There are several areas that cover different tastes; the pedestrian zone at Riga Feraiou and Pantanassis streets is full of cafes and bistros – even some restaurants and breweries. For a more traditional “meze” you can go to Ifaistou street, near the Gerokostopoulou stairs and next to the Roman Stadium. Those areas are very popular and hip, flooded with locals and students during summertime. If you are looking for something more “alternative”, then you should head to the Upper Town, next to the Old Hospital where the conference reception will be held, to enjoy your beer listening to rock music. Do not forget to go there by the long stairs of Agiou Nikolaou and see the city from above. Another option is Trion Navarchon (stands for the Three Admirals), where there are many grill houses to taste the traditional souvlaki. If you prefer to be by the sea, there are several cafés and bars on the eastern side of the port, at the Marina, or you can go a bit further, closer to the University and the Rion Bridge for a little more “posh” stroll.
Here are also some suggestions from our librarians, off the regular path, we hope you can find something that suits you! There are links mainly to their official Facebook pages, for more info.
Cafes and Bars
The centre of Patras is full of book cafes, places you can enjoy your coffee, beverages and snacks and at the same time work with your laptop and your books. The best book café of the town is Tag located at the bottom end of Pantanassis Street.
At Ypovrychio Vanillia you enjoy Greek coffee in the picturesque Markato Square and at SiDoux you will feel romantic. At Plaz there is also a vast area for sports and swimming. Eyoi Eyan is closer to the University, just ten feet away from the Rion train station; if you are lucky you will enjoy some live music as well.
To combine coffee and/or drinks (sometimes even food) there is Pop Horn, where you travel back in time, and Syndetiras, situated at a lovely terrace by Gerokostopoulou stairs, enjoying the best music in the city, aired from its own studio. Mare Mare combines a stunning sunset view with drinks and beverages. More “after” suggestions include the balcony of Bocas for a classy combination of cocktail and jazz music, the always elegant Pedonale in Riga Feraiou, Abbey Kitchen Bar at Psilalonia square, and Tam Toom at Rion.
Hint: Wine lovers should taste a glass of Malvasia Aromatica by Orfanos or Sideritis-Apostagma Oinou by Parparousis. For beers, the local Dione and Mamos are your natural choices.
If you need something to eat, except for the numerous grills -a fast and inexpensive choice, but mainly inappropriate for vegetarians/vegans-, we suggest Salumeria, Carousello, Bodegas, Tomo’s Open Kitchen Bar and Rokfor, all located in the city center within walking distance from our recommended Hotels.You can also go at Talks and Alambra, which are all on the Psilalonia square. A little bit more formal, but still casual is Fagioum in the Upper Town, whereas Naftiko and Distinto are the equivalent for those staying in the Rion area. Koukoutsis near the Rion train station and Fasoloi in the city center are synonymous of low budget, yet tasty cuisine.
If you want fresh seafood, then Amalia in the city center is a balanced option for sea ‘meze’, while Icthioskala and Istioploikos at the both ends of the seaside are two great options for those who want to taste really fresh fish.
Sports and recreation
If you want to stay fit and exercise, the Southern Park (watch a panoramic video below), starting from Faros (the Lighthouse), opposite to St. Andrews Church, is a place where you can run, cycle and walk. Cross the shoreline to the East and you will reach the Plaz (Beach), where you can also enjoy a swim.
During summertime, several cultural events take place. There are theatrical performances, such as ancient tragedy plays in the Roman Odeon (unfortunately in Greek, with no hyper-titles), open air concerts and exhibitions. More information about cultural opportunities during the conference week will be available on due time.
The Archaeological Museum of Patras is located in between the city center and the University. It opened on 2009 and has 8,000 square meters of interior spaces, making it the second-largest museum of Greece. The museum has four thematic sections, three of which permanent and one periodic. The three permanent ones are dedicated to public and private life, while the third one refers to the necropolis. Items of the museum come from the Mycenaean, Ancient, Hellenistic and Roman Greece, with the oldest one is of the 17th century BC.
According to the Christian tradition, Patras was the place of Saint Andrew’s martyrdom. The Church of Saint Andrews is the largest in Greece and one of the largest in Europe, a typical example of Greek Orthodox basilica church of approximately 1,800 square meters are. A five meter long gold-plated cross stands over the central dome, while over the other domes there are 12 smaller crosses, symbolizing Jesus Christ and His apostles. The interior of the St. Andrews is decorated with Byzantine-style paintings and mosaics.
Citizens from several European countries can be served by the consulates that operate in Patras. There are Consulates in Patras for citizens of Great Britain Austria, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Poland, Netherlands, Denmark and Norway.
You can benefit from our special rates that we have secured for conference participants in selected hotels in Patras. These hotel rooms can be booked only through the registration form and are not available on booking websites. Please also note that these hotels will be served by a shuttle bus to and from the conference venue. Our Committee has pre-booked rooms in the following hotels in the city centre:
Astir Patras Hotel
Astir, located in the centre of Patras, is just a short walk from the old harbour and provides guests with luxurious accommodation in one of Greece’s largest cities.Right next to the train and bus station, the Astir is the ideal base for both holiday makers and those seeking the perfect meeting venue. Park your car in the underground garage before treating yourself to a refreshing drink at the lounge bar.
Built in the late 19th-century, this luxurious hotel is located on the Riga Feraiou pedestrian street near Patras’ City Hall and its shopping district, offering stylish accommodation with free internet access. Each of Hotel Byzantino’s guest rooms is well-appointed with modern comforts and tastefully decorated. Byzantino has retained its historic features, adding to its unique charm and elegance. Guests can still admire the original pillars and features, combined with modern décor and antique furnishings.
The Konstantinos Palaiologos hotel is in a neoclassical building, with luxurious twenty-first century amenities. It is located in the intersection of two central yet quiet streets of Patras. From Gerokostopoulou Street, it looks out to the ancient port of Patras and, on the other side, to V. Georgiou Square, the heart of the town, with its fountains since 1874 and the Venetian theatre since 1872. Riga Feraiou Street ends at the majestic Cathedral Temple of St. Andrew, the patron saint of the city since the Roman period. The comfort and the tranquility of the rooms take you on a journey into the history and culture of Patras. The decor brings together the purple of Byzantine Patras and the sea of Patraikos bay with the urban culture of the 19th century raisin traders. Konstantinos Palaiologos, the last emperor of Byzantium, lived and was married in Patras.
Patra Palace is conveniently located in the centre of Patras Town, within a walking distance from the port. It features a bar, and accommodation with free WiFi and a balcony overlooking the Gulf of Patras or the mountain. The air-conditioned rooms of Patra Palace are tastefully decorated with classical furnishings and soft colours. Featuring wooden or carpeted floors and floor-to-ceiling windows, each unit includes a seating area. A satellite TV, a hairdryer and a mini bar are also available. Guests can enjoy a rich buffet breakfast at the hotel’s dining area. The on-site bar offers a relaxing setting for a night drink.
A building of contemporary design and innovative materials were used for completing the modern look of the spaces. An impressive bar construction serves for both relaxation and breakfast area. An up-to-date business center and the always hospitable staff are some of the features that justify the special character of Patras Smart. The Hotel is located only 500 m. from the city center. It offers 51 rooms, 3 of which are built for people with disabilities. The new “green” member of the Airotel family is equipped with solar heaters and a thermal frontage which regulates the building’s temperature. The grass planted on the roof is another green stroke of brush on Patras urban scenery.
In the heart of Patras brand new Castello City offers a comfortable stay in excellently decorated spaces. Guests at the Castello City can enjoy a buffet breakfast in the specially designed room. Each room is tastefully designed to meet the personal needs and has high quality equipment. Shopping and café of the city are just steps away and is ideal for professionals. The Castello City Hotel is very close to the judicial Patras palace.
Galaxy Center Hotel, in Patras at 9, Ag. Nikolaou Street is fully renovated, though “hides” a long history, since it first operated in 1970. It soon became a reference point for the city’s high society, while well-known personalities would choose it as the place to stay. The look is magnetized by the impressive wall, covered with tessera, by the known Bisazza company, as well as the oak wood that warms up the atmosphere in the most luxurious and at the same time minimal way. The hotel’s personnel are always polite and willing to help you and they will welcome you, show you around and make sure you feel… like home.
Tzaki Hotel is a bearer of a long tradition the origin of which dates back to the 70s. This lasting tradition calls for our commitment to high quality and perfection regarding the provision of accommodation services. Tzaki Hotel is located at Proastio, in the suburb of Patras, located in a quiet location, near the sea with breathtaking views and fresh air, one kilometer from the Rio and just four from the city center. In 2003 we moved to a complete renovation of rooms, restaurant and various conference rooms, adjusting them to modern needs and requirements. The hotel rooms are spacious with modern decoration. All our rooms have a balcony with a view to the sea and many of them to the gorgeous Rio – Antirrio Bridge.
Mediterranee is a warm and friendly hotel, offering affordable accommodation in the centre of Patra. Free WiFi is available in all areas. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a hairdryer, and a bath or shower. Start your day with a healthy breakfast and relax by the bar with cool drinks or a tasty cup of coffee. The hotel’s ideal location offers easy access to all means of transportation. The port is very close as well as numerous attractions, in and around Patra. This property is also rated for the best value in Patra! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.
You can save up to 20% on travel with Star Alliance, which is appointed as the Official Airline Network for 46th LIBER Annual Conference. Registered Event participants plus one accompanying person traveling to the Event qualify for a discount of up to 20%, depending on fare and class of travel booked. The participating airlines for LIBER2017 are: ANA, Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, Asiana Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EVA Airways, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, United.
Please visit the relevant web page for more information.
Important note:Important note: Local organizers have taken care of group transfer options from Athens International Airport to Patras and back. In mid June, the delegates who will have expressed their will to be transferred to the Conference location will receive an e-mail with the final itinerary options. They will be able to log in to their account in the registration system and purchase discounted tickets for the exact transfer that suits them best. Bus routes are scheduled to start departing from Athens on July 4th and stop returning from Patras on July 7th.
Greece is a member of the Schengen Agreement. This means that there are no requirements for official travel documents other than national ID cards and/or passports.
Regular travelling to Patras
Araxos (GPA) is the closest airport serving Patras. It is a small airport located 35 Km Western of Patras, which is regularly an Hellenic Airforce airport, but it now serves civil aviation through charter and low-cost flights. There is strong connection with Germany via TUIfly (Stuttgart, Munich and Frankfurt) and Austria via Austrian Airlines (Vienna). Travel from Araxos to city centre is feasible through taxi with a fare of 40-50 Euros per trip and total travel time 30 minutes. Car rental services are provided also in the premises of the airport.
Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (ATH) is the biggest airport of the country. The airport serves just under 13 million passengers annually making it, as of 2013, the 35th busiest airport in Europe. AIA offers excellent connection to all European countries as it combines both regular airlines as well as low-cost ones. The Airport is connected to Patras by Train and by Coach (please see subsections By Train and By Coach).
One of the most common ways to travel between Italy and Greece is by ferry. This option also serves participants from central European countries, such as Austria or Slovenia, that can easily access one of the Northern Italy ports and enjoy a summer trip to Patras by ferry. Brindisi, Bari, Ancona and Venice are the cities with the most frequent ferry connections, that are served by some high quality operators, such as Minoan Lines (Ancona, Trieste, Ravenna), SuperFast Ferries (Ancona, Bari), and Anek (Ancona, Venice). The prices and the timetables vary on the numerous travel options, from deck to luxurious cabins. It is of course advisable to check the ferry availability through dedicated sites, such as Direct Ferries, a UK booking site, and GreeceFerries.com. The travel duration ranges from 15 hours from Bari to 30 hours from Venice.
AIA is the starting point for Athens Suburban Railway. Now, and due to on-going infrastructure works on the railway line between these two stations, the Suburban Railway stops at the town of Kiato and continues with a bus service to Patras. The fare is 27 Euros for the entire trip and the total travel time is four hours. The travel duration is expected to drop to three hours with the renovation of the railway network, which is under progress. Please consult the current departures timetable below:
From Airport to Patras (via Kiato)
06:44 (arrival in Patras: 10:00)
08:44 (arrival in Patras: 12:10)
10:44 (arrival in Patras: 14:00)
11:44 (arrival in Patras: 15:30)
12:44 (arrival in Patras: 16:00)
14:44 (arrival in Patras: 18:10)
15:44 (arrival in Patras: 19:00)
16:44 (arrival in Patras: 20:10)
17:44 (arrival in Patras: 21:10)
18:44 (arrival in Patras: 22:00)
From Patras to Airport (via Kiato)
06:15 (arrival in the Airport: 10:01)
08:30 (arrival in the Airport: 12:01)
10:15 (arrival in the Airport: 14:01)
11:30 (arrival in the Airport: 15:01)
13:30 (arrival in the Airport: 17:01)
14:15 (arrival in the Airport: 18:01)
15:30 (arrival in the Airport: 19:01)
16:30 (arrival in the Airport: 20:01)
17:15 (arrival in the Airport: 21:01)
18:30 (arrival in the Airport: 22:01)
Patras is connected with Athens by a frequent coach service, which is KTEL Achaias. Coaches depart every 30′ and the trip lasts about three hours. There are also express routes that lower the travel time to two and a half hours. The main coach station in Athens is Kifissos Coach Station, at 100 Kifissou Str. (telephone: +30 210 5124910). Kifissos Coach Station is connected to the AIA through the bus line X93 with a fare of five Euros and travel time 50 minutes. The Coach Station in Patras is located at the centre of the city, at 2 Zaimi Str. and Othonos Amalias Str. (telephone: +30 2610 623886-8). Departure times from Athens to Patras can be found on this webpage, while from Patras to Athens can be found on this webpage. Due to the interface being only in Greek, you can find the day by the label of the first column which is Monday.
Bus number 6 for Rion departs from Patras’ center, runs every ten to fifteen minutes and connects the University with the city. Since some buses go directly to the town of Rion, bypassing the Campus, it is advisable to ask before boarding if the specific bus goes to the University (Panepistimio). Tickets cost 1.50 €, one way. Tickets should be purchased in advance and you are advised to ask from your hotel reception for selling points. More details at http://www.astikopatras.gr/bus.php
Patras Suburban Railway starts from the Central Train Station every hour and reaches the station of Kastellokampos 20’ later. From there, one can use the bus connection for the University with the same ticket. Tickets cost 1.40 Euros and can be purchased on the train.
Departure from Patras Central Station to University: XX:23, every hour from 6 am to 22 pm.
Departure from University to Patras Central Station: XX:56, every hour from 6 am to 22 pm.
There are about one thousand taxis available in the city of Patras. Many taxis work on a 24-hour basis. One can hire a taxi at a taxi stand. Main taxi stands are located at the George B’ Square, as well as at the Bus and Central Train Stations. Taxis can also be requested by telephone using one of the following numbers 1300, 2610 346700, 2610 450000. The average cost for one way ride is about eight Euros.