This is the third-largest Grecian city, found in the northern Peloponnese, at the foot of Mount Panachaikon. With its coastal location, Patras is well-placed for both sightseeing and swimming in the Ionian Sea. Stop by its medieval castle, the Roman Odeon, the Mycenaean Park, the Achaia Clauss Winery, the Archaeological Museum of Patra and the large church of Saint Andrew. Party at its nightclubs, eat authentic Greek food in the tavernas and people watch from the beachside cafes on a city break in Patras. And here’s where to stay when you’re in town.
The Bold Type Hotel
Once a classical mansion house, this 19th-century property is now a 10-bedroom five-star hotel at the heart of the city; its facade features authentic shutters and wrought iron balconies. Restored by designer Empi Spathi and influenced by the Bauhaus and Danish modernist approaches, the heritage spaces are adorned with fine walnut finishings, marble floors, Calligaris rugs, Varagis furniture, deep earthy tones and beds with Coco Mat mattresses. Outside, an oasis-like Mediterranean garden and a secret courtyard shrouded by lantern-hung trees, set the scene for atmospheric al fresco dining, evocative of a bygone era.