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Charadros (Χάραδρος)
Country Greece
Basin features
Main source Panachaiko
River mouth Gulf of Patras in Patras
38°17′25″N 21°45′48″E / 38.29028°N 21.76333°E / 38.29028; 21.76333Coordinates: 38°17′25″N 21°45′48″E / 38.29028°N 21.76333°E / 38.29028; 21.76333
Physical characteristics
Length approx. 25 km (16 mi)

The Charadros (Greek: Χάραδρος) is a river in the northern part of Achaea, Greece. Its course lies entirely within the municipality of Patras.


The source of the river Charadros is in the Panachaiko mountains, northwest of its highest point. It flows in a northwestern direction through a narrow, forested valley. In its lower course, it passes the villages Skioessa and Kato Kastritsi. It flows into the Gulf of Patras in the northern Patras neighbourhood Kastellokampos.


In Antiquity, the herdsmen believed that female animals that drank water from the river bore mostly male offspring; for this reason, they only watered their cows here.[1] Alternative, historical names are Belbitsianiko and Bozaitiko.[2]


  1. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 7.22.11
  2. ^ Reger, G., J. McK. Camp II, R. Talbert, S. Gillies, T. Elliott, J. Becker. "Places: 570172 (Charadros fl.)". Pleiades. Retrieved March 2, 2015.