A Neoclassical Gem
Highly representative of the Ionian Island architecture, the Drakoulis Mansion, which adorns Vathy’s shoreline, is an impressive double-story neoclassical building that features Renaissance elements and Ionic columns, large rooms, wooden floors and an artificial lake at the entrance which is linked to the sea via an underground channel.
Previously operated as a café. it is still owned by the descendants of Platon Drakoulis (1858-1942) was a pioneering figure in Greece’s socialist movement. Exhibiting deep respect for tradition, it displays an urban architectural style that emerged in the early 20th century, a period when influential and affluent families typically commissioned distinguished architects to design their houses. Vathy features plenty such buildings and most have been faithfully restored.