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Top Choice Museum in Kalavryta

Museum of the Kalavryta Holocaust

The country's only Holocaust museum, this is a powerful tribute to the residents of Kalavryta who perished in the 13 December 1943 slaughter perpetrated by the Nazis. It’s a dignified, understated, yet extremely evo…
Top Choice Cave in Achaïa

Cave of the Lakes

The remarkable Cave of the Lakes lies 16.5km south of Kalavryta near the village of Kastria. A 500m boardwalk snakes its way through the cave, through the vast entrance chamber (home to five species of bats) past sp…
Top Choice Museum in Patra

Archaeological Museum of Patras

This fabulous museum, the country’s second largest, should be shouting its existence from its space-age rooftop. Its exhibits comprise regional objects from prehistoric to Roman times arranged across three vast them…
Castle in Patra

Kastro

Patra's castle stands on the site of the acropolis of ancient Patrai. The Romans were the first to build a fort here around AD 550, but the present structure is of Frankish origin, remodelled many times over the cen…
Greek in Patra

Labyrinthos

Inside the rough stone walls of this 80-year-old family restaurant (one of the oldest in Patra), you can expect classics such as briam (oven-baked vegetable casserole), dolmadhes and beef casserole in tentoura (Patr…
Wine Bar in Patra

Bodegas Wine Bar

Whether you're nursing a margarita or a glass of wine from over 300 Greek vintages, this stylish bar is a spot worth lingering. Salads come in an enormous bowl. It's a popular 'it' spot to be seen; expect to see lot…
Monastery in Achaïa

Moni Mega Spileo

Moni Mega Spileo is believed to be one of the oldest monasteries in Greece (though the current building dates from the 20th century). The original monastery was destroyed in 1943 when Nazis executed all the monks. I…
Monastery in Achaïa

Moni Agias Lavras

The original 10th-century monastery that stood here was burnt down by the Nazis, and its monks killed. The chapel of the new monastery is where Greece's War of Independence was allegedly launched; the banner standar…
International in Patra

Terra Bistro

The floors – modern, Spanish tiles – are not the only striking things here. This modern, minimalist spot has excellent pita breads with toppings (€7 to €10) plus a range of international dishes including salmon with…
Carnival in Patra

Patras Carnival

Patra’s citizens party hard during the annual Patras Carnival. The program features a host of minor events leading up to a wild weekend of costume parades, colourful floats and celebrations in late February or early…