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Hi. We are flying into Patras, Greece to go to DH's conference in Kalamata in a few weeks. We are wondering if we should spend the night in Patras before attempting the drive down to Kalamata the next day. We are coming from else where in Europe so won't be lagged out and are arriving at 16:55, but according to Michelin even the freeway route is 3-1/2 hours of driving, so it will be dark before we are done for the night. How scarey is the road? Is it scenic enough that we should wait and do it in the light of day anyhow? We are used to driving in Cyprus, so it shouldn't be too much worse, correct? And if the answer is "stay in Patras", does anyone have hotel/restaurant recommendations? Thanks to any and all for your help!

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