About us

What is a sister city?

Over 60 years ago, President Eisenhower partnered with civic leaders to create people-to-people and sister city affiliations around the world to “help build the solid structure for world peace”. 

A sister city, county, or state relationship is a broad-based, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries. A relationship is officially recognized after the highest elected or appointed official from both communities sign off on an agreement to become sister cities.

A city may have any number of sister cities, with community involvement ranging from a half dozen to hundreds of volunteers. In addition to volunteers, sister city organizations can include representatives from nonprofits, municipal governments, the private sector, and other civic organizations.

Castle of Patras

Sister City relationship between Santa Barbara and Patras was established in April 29, 2010

Santa Barbara – Patras Sister Cities is a member of Sister Cities  International, the largest, premier global network connecting 

people and communities from all backgrounds within the United States, and around the world.

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Our vision is to enhance our stature as the largest, premier global network connecting people and communities from all backgrounds within the United States, and around the world. Now, more than ever we need to find common ground, and to promote values of peace, understanding, and democracy.