The beautiful and romantic Nafplio
There is no man who does not know this special place, rich in cultural elements, full of historic events and with an unparalleled beauty.
The Old Town charms, the view is impressive and its sights will "steal" your attention. Nafplio, in 1828, was the first capital of Greece, at Kapodistria's era, and from then holds respect for the valuable traditional elements that year by year are kept and maintained with great success. A walk in the Old City will convince you and give you the chance to explore its beauty. The views of Argolis Gulf and of the mountains of eastern Peloponnese will not leave you untouched.
The hallmark of the city, Bourtzi, stands opposite, built in the island of Sts. Theodore and gives a romantic touch to the whole scene.
Bourtzi was built in 1473 by the Italian engineer Gabello and its name in Tourkish-Arabian language means island - fortress.
It is an island located in front of the port of Nafplio, with its picturesque old Venetian fortress.
It is located about 300 meters opposite the port. At 1930's was turned into a centre of the Tourism Organization and in the period of 1960-70 was operated as a hotel. Today, during the summer, a number of interesting events take place there, musical and cultural.
At Palamidi, you will see the magnificent castle, a true masterpiece that adorns the town of Nafplio. Designed by Grimani and built in 1714 in the second period of the Venetian rule.
The town of Nafplio is linked to it via a gallery and later the stairs were built that exist until today. Deeply scarred historically, still overshadowed by the imprisonment of Theodoros Kolokotronis who sentenced to death in one of its cells.
The atmosphere will cause a shiver and the images will take you back to that era. It is situated at an altitude of 200 meters southeast of Acronafplia and is of a unique infrastructure Castle-complex.
Vrachos of Acronafplia is considered to be the Acropolis of Nafplion and from there, climbing the many steps, you can enjoy the fantastic views of the Old Gate, the Bay of Nafplion, the Argolid plain, and of course the magnificent Bourtzi.
Taking a walk in the streets, pass by the church of St. Spyridon, a classy old building of 1702 that became a historic place after the assassination of the first Greek commander, Kapodistrias, on September 27, 1831. Visit the Archaeological Museum, where you will see artefacts of the Mycenaean period, the building of the Army Academy that hosts the Army Museum with numerous exhibits that excite the interest and the imposing Syntagma Square with the two Turkish mosques, one of which was used for meetings of the first Greek parliament.
Nafplio is rightly one of the most beautiful cities in Greece with the magnificent architecture of the 19th century that decorate the settlements, its cobblestone streets and its rich history. After a long tour, you can take a lunch break at a restaurant or a tavern. The city has dozens of those, traditional, simple but also luxurious, where you can taste whatever food you like.
As for accommodation, you will find beautiful mansions, hotels, hostels, apartments and rooms of all categories and price range. All follow the style and the character of this picturesque city.
If you decide to visit Nafplio in summer, you will find out that the beaches is another piece that will steal your impressions during the holidays. On the reverse side of Acronafplia and Palamidi is Arvanitia beach. It is organized with umbrellas, showers and springboard for dives, it has crystal clear turquoise waters and white pebbles. Just three kilometres away is Karathona, a sandy beach surrounded by eucalyptus and pine trees, offers water sports and in summer is full of dozens luxury boats and yachts.
For your stay in Nafplio, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Nafplio, as well as in many other areas close to Nafplio, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
Access to Nafplio town is easy by car through the existing road network. The time that you need to get there from Athens is 90 - 120 min by car.
The best way to explore, wander around Argolida and discover its nature and archaeological sights is to have your own vehicle.
It is worth visiting places where local tranportation and organized tours do not reach.
Indicative routes and distances:
Athens: 138 km
Patras: 183 km
Ioannina: 392 km
Sparta: 119 km
Nafplio: 8, Syggrou ave, tel: (+30) 27520.27.323, 27520.27.423
There are regular bus routes (KTEL) to Athens as well as other regions of Argolida.
Tha station is located at the port. It links Corinth to Piraeus.
The journey lasts approximately 1h and 15min.
For destination to Athens is about 3h
tel (+30) 27520.28.090
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.