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Patras is not just the capital of Carneval it is a bustling student city, a place where enterrainment, history and culture mingle together to create a destination filled with wonderful discoveries.

Start your exploration around the city from Aghiou Nikolaou (Ayiou Nikoláou), the most famous pedestrian street. There, 192 steps await to lead you to the Old City. A romantic stroll around its cobbled streets will reveal grand colourful neoclassic mansions, reminders of the city’s glorious past. Visit the city’s Medieval Castle, built in the second half of the 6th century A.D. on the ruins of the ancient Acropolis. Its walls enclose an area of about 22 sq.m.; it consists of a triangular external compound enhanced with towers and ramparts. Walk past the remaining buildings, and take in breathtaking views of the city.

West of the Acropolis, in the “Áno Póli” (upper city), you will find Patras Roman Odeum, which was actually built earlier than the Athens Odeum (Herodion 160 AD). The geographer Pausanias, who visited Patras in 170 AD, wrote: “It has the most beautiful decoration I have ever seen, excluding of course that of Athens". The surrounding space is turned into an archaeological area where mosaics, sarcophagi and other ancient findings are displayed. The romantic souls should seek for the city’s landmark, the Lighthouse, in order to enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the port.

A visit to Spinney, the pine-tree-covered hill, the so-called “Veránda” of Patras will certainly uplift your senses. Its specially formed paths and the shade offered by the tall trees make it an ideal place for you to enjoy leisurely walks, or even go jogging. There you can also find a Municipal tourist kiosk from where you can admire a breathtaking view of the city, the port and the Patras Gulf.

In the centre of the city, two historical monuments will certainly draw your attention: Saint Andrew Church, one of the biggest churches in the Balkans, and “APOLLON" Municipal Theatre, one of the first opera houses in Europe. It was designed in 1972 by the German architect Ernest Ziller. Since 1988 it permanently houses the Patras Municipal Regional Theatre.

Several spots around Patras honour the famous Greek poet Kostis Palamas. His house is the most interesting one. It is the house where Palamas was born. When he moved to Athens it became the place where Serao family (from Italy) lived and where the Italian writer Matilde Serao was born. Today it houses the Kostis Palamas Institution. The most famous statue of him stands at Ypsilá Alónia Square.

Patras is one of the Greek cities that never sleeps. Follow its rhythm. Spend your morning walking around the city’s squares: Georgiou, Olgas or “Ypsilá Alónia” (: meaning high raisin plateau), and admire the city’s beautifully restored neoclassical buildings. Visit the city’s museums: the New Archaelogical museum, the Folk Art Museum, or the Museum of History and Ethnology. Discover Patras shopping area, and shop your heart out! When you feel tired, enjoy a fine meal, and relax at a lounge café. Then, when night sets in, observe how the streets of the city are transformed into venues of fun. Patras nightlife awakens.

Before you leave, visit the Achaia Clauss winery, which is located on a green hill 8 km south-east to the centre of the city. You will definitely be amased by the stone buildings, the huge oak barrels, containing century-old mavrodafni, the traditional wine cellar and the unique scenery with the magnificent view.

Don’t miss a visit to the "Wall of Dymaens", the unique fortified Mycenaean acropolis in Western Greece. Discover a lesser-known, yet major archaeological site, just 35 km southwest of Patras. Feel free to wander through the ancient fort, built according to myth by Heracles, and admire its imposing towers and monumental gates!


 

Lodges - Patra (15 total)

Choose from the following destinations for memorable holidays in Greece.

Hotel Tzaki

Hotel Tzaki is located on Proastio Beach, 1 km from Rio and 4 km from the centre of Patras. It features rooms with Patraikos Gulf view and free Wi-Fi. A bus stop is within 50 metres. An LCD TV, minibar and air conditioning are included in all rooms...
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City Loft Boutique Hotel

City Loft Hotel is a design hotel located 1 km away from the port of Patra. It features minimally decorated apartments with a fully equipped kitchen and has a bar with a decked terrace. Each with a private balcony, the air-conditioned apartments...
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El Greco

Friendly and convenient, El Greco offers clean, air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and easy access to the bus, train station and the port. It is located in the heart of Patras. The budget hotel El Greco offers rooms with private bathroom and...
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Konstantinos Palaiologos Hotel

Within walking distance of Patras City Hall and the shopping district, this hotel offers stylish rooms with free internet access and complimentary breakfast. Konstantinos Palaiologos Hotel is named after the last emperor of Byzantium. It offers...
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Hotel Atlanta

Hotel Atlanta is located in Patra within 3.5 km from the port. It offers rooms with free WiFi access and has 24-hour front desk service. Each room here will provide you with a TV and air conditioning. There is also a refrigerator. Featuring a shower,...
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Hotel Acropole

Centrally located in the heart of Patra, Hotel Acropole offers rooms with a flat-screen TV. Cafeterias, restaurants and the shopping district are all a few metres away. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout. All air-conditioned rooms are spaciously...
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Marie Palace

Marie Palace is a boutique hotel in Patra offering a coffee bar and a breakfast room. Guests have free access to WiFi internet in the rooms as well as the public hotel areas, and free parking at nearby location. Accommodation includes comfortably...
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Hotel Byzantino

Built in the late 19th-century, this luxurious hotel is located on the Riga Feraiou pedestrian street near Patras’ City Hall and its shopping district, offering stylish accommodation with free internet access. Each of Hotel Byzantino’s guest...
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Adonis City Hotel

With a panoramic view of the Gulf of Patras, Hotel Adonis occupies a central position overlooking the harbour and the town. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Guests enjoy immediate access to the bus terminals, train station and city...
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Maison Grecque Hotel Extraordinaire

Maison Grecque Hotel Extraordinaire is located in a historical building of the city of Patras. It offers stylish rooms with unique tapestries and homemade breakfast, only a short distance of the city's sights and port. The meticulously restored,...
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