Rio, Greece

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This is a town that uses the same modern name, for other uses see Rio

Prefecture: Achaia
Province: Province of Patra
Location: Template:Coor dms

97.93 kmē

Population: (2001)
 - Total
 - Density¹
 - Rank

Communes: 12

sea level
40 m
about 1,000 m
Postal code: 265
Area/distance code: 11-30-2610-9
Municipal code: 0719
Car designation: AX

Rio or Rion, Latin: Rhion or Rhium (Greek: Modern: Ρίο Rio, Ancient: Ρίον Rion) is a suburban town north of Patras, Greece. Its population is around and has reached 5,000 or 6,000 with around a quarter and one-third of houses are second-houses. Most of the houses are large. Downtown is about 7 km N of Patras from GR-8. Elevation is about 10 m downtown, and 20 to 50 m in its east. Much of the houses are lined up between the beach, the rail and the freeway. A view of Aetoloacarnania (Acarnania), northwestern Peloponnese including Patras and southwestern Phokis, along with the Panachaicus mountains surrounded with a scenery, and mountains are surrounded in its east. The boundary with the community of Aktaio is by the highway east of the town centre.

The community includes Kastellokampos or Kastellokambos in the south and Agios Georgios slightly south. Its downtown core is inland near Somerset Street. The town hall is probably there. The population of that sector is about 500.

The community has existed for around 3,000 years (range), and has fought a couple of battles in 425 BC, and during medieval times.

Agriculture and farmland used to dominate Rion until Patras' luxurious houses, a hospital and a university, reached the area in the 1970s or the 1980s, which only half of the community has farmlands in this day and continuing shrinking.

Rion is covered with sandy beaches in the west with a scenic local beach road lengthening for about 6 km. In the middle, a fortress, and a harbor located northwest of downtown. The harbor offers ferry service to Antirrion which, for the past 50 years, has enabled traffic to flow between the Peloponnese and Western Mainland Greece. The traffic through the ferries is quite heavy, including a lot of trucks. The ferries already been replaced by the Rio-Antirio Bridge. Not far from the port, a small oil refinery situated 800 m north and carries little production. Oil trucks are not allowed on the bridge and ferries are rarely in service even when the bridge is closed.

Rio Beach includes Camping Rio Beach is its campground founded west of the centre. Its distances from Alissos is about 20 to 25 km.

The University of Patras is in its east and is bounded by a river in the south and southeast and a hospital is founded there, and a toll.

Hills and a mountain can be seen over the community's northeastern boundary.

Farmlands dominate the east and the west and used to dominate the southeastern part. Pastures and groves are common in the area. White Muscats are grown in this area and in Patras and wineries are also one of the main production of the local agriculture.

The municipality's population is about 10,000 and includes other communities including Aktaio (Actium), Kastritsi, Aghios Vasslils, and Psathopyrgos in the north. The community and the municipality is bounded in the south with a river.


Nearest places (communes)


Historical population:

Year Communal population Change Municipal population Change
1981 2,012 - - -
1991 3,496 1,484/73.76% 10,280 -
2001 - - 13,291 3,011/29.29%

The length of superhighways is 16 km, and 22 km (estimate) for the highway. The length of rails is 17 km (estimate). There are three railway crossings with two underpass in Rhion.

External links

North: Strait of Rio-Antirio, Gulf of Corinth
West: Gulf of Patras
Rio (Rion) East: Erinaios
South: Patras

See also



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