97.93 km²
Population: (2001)  13270
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

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 The ferries already been replaced by the Rio-Antirio Bridge.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 the ferry service is both regular and an economic alternative to the bridge.

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.

Rio-Antirio Bridge Google Earth

Nearest places (communes)

Division of the municipality


Aktaion or Aktaio is a village, municipal department of Rio before 1988 a community. Owner of the area in Aktaion was the physician Vernadakis before 1850 who was working in Patras. The village was formed by people from the region of Kalavryta first known as Vernadeika and later renamed Aktaio. Aktaio is the living place of the former president of Greece Kostis Stephanopoulos


In Platani (older form Platanion) a small village is the church of Agios Nikolaos from the 11th century.

See also Plataneiko River

Historical population:

Year Communal population Municipal population
1981 2012 -
1991 3496 10280
2001 5231 13270

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.

Stadium in the village Drepano



Municipalities and communities of the Achaea Prefecture

Aigio | Aigira/Aegira | Akrata | Aroania | Diakopto | Dymi | Erinaios | Farres | Kalavryta | Larissos | Lefkasio | Messatida | Movri | Olenia | Paion | Paralia | Patras | Rio | Sympoliteia | Tritea | Vrachneika

Kalentzi | Leontio

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