Most of the municipal unit is mountainous, with only some flat areas near the Gulf of Corinth coast. Akrata is known for its beaches. The river Krathis flows from the Aroania mountain to sea through Akrata. Lake Tsivlos, formed by a landslide in 1912, is by the road linking Akrata and Zarouchla, 11 km southwest of Akrata.
The ruins of the ancient city of Aegae and its ancient theatre are found near Akrata. The municipality Akrata was founded in 1879 but was dissolved in 1914. The municipality was refounded in 1986 along with Sylivainiotika, Porovitsa and Krathio. In 1998 under the Capodistrian Plan, the municipality was enlarged to include every village and town in the municipality. Angelos Deloukas was the first mayor of the municipality. The countryside near Akrata was damaged by the 2007 Greek forest fires.
Idrysi kai Exelixi tis Akratas (Ίδρυση και Εξέλιξη της Ακράτας) Anastasios Mich. Georgantopoulou
I Akrata stin teleftaia 10etia tou 20ou aiona (Η Ακράτα στην τελευταία 10ετία του 20ου αιώνα = Akrata In The Last Ten Decades Of The Twentieth Century) Anast. Mich. Georgantopoulou
Istoria Kai Laografika tis Anatolikis Periochis Aigialeias kai Kalavryton (Ιστορικά και Λαογραφικά της Ανατολικής Περιοχής Αιγιάλειας και Καλαβρύτων = Historic And Demographics Of The Eastern Area of Aigialeia And Kalavryta) Athanasios Th. Fotopoulos