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The formidable castle of Palamidi

The formidable castle of Palamidi with the intense messianic atmosphere, circling the city of Nauplio. The steep hill, that gave its name to the castle, fortified by the Enetians when Franzesko Morozini attached the city from the Turks (1686).


The fortification as it is today belongs to the second period of venetian dominance.

The construction was taken over by the french La Sal for Enetian
account, that in a while he betrayed them, by making disabled their canons for
the Turks sake.

At the top of the hill, in 216 meters height and above the tracks of the
prehistorical fortress, the wrecks of seven fortresses, six of them have the
names of ancient warriors: Themistocles, Miltiades, Achilleas, Fokion,
Epameinondas, Leonidas.

The visitor ascending the castle on foot, with the 857 grubbed in the hill
steeply steps that leads to Palamidi. From there, he discovers the extraordinary
sea frame that surrounds Nauplio, passing through the continuous gates.

Information - Timetable

Palamidi castle
Hill of Palamidi, Nauplio
Tel.: 27520.28.036

From 1/11 to 31/3: 08:00 - 17:00

From 1/4 to 30/10: 08:00 - 20:00

Due to possible changes of opening hours please contact for exact hours.
Archaeological sites, museums, monuments

On the top of the fortress the historic church of Agios Andreas maintains here and is from the Enetian era."The lion of Agios Markos", is found in many spots of the fortress.

Here the cells that used to be prison cells are also
maintaining. In one of these cells Theodoros Kolokotronis was kept.
Palamidi was an unconquerable fortress, and for this reason his takeover at 1822
by the Greeks with commander Staiko Staikopoulo after a long siege, was considered of highly importance.

Source: EOT

Access to the castle

Today the access to the fortress is possible either through the motorway that ends at the east side  or though the famous ladder that is located at the west side.
This ladder, that tradition has it that consists of 999 steps, because the 1000th step was dropped by the horse of Kolokotronis, in reality has less steps and was built in Othonas period of time by convicts that were prisoners in Palamidi, under the oversight of the babaric army. From here we enjoy the magnificent view towards the castle of Akronauplia.

For your stay in Nauplio and several areas close to Nauplio you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Nauplio, Nauplio, as well as in many other areas close to Nauplio, 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.

For your entertainment in Nauplio, you will find many restaurants, taverns, cafeterias,  with excellent service and variety of products and services.
Tolo consists of many traditional, simple but also luxurious places where you can have any type of food you want.


By car:

Access to Nauplio 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 Nauplio 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.

Distances for Nauplio :

From Athens: 138 km. Χάρτης διαδρομής. Η οδική διαδρομή από το κέντρο Αθήνας (πλ. Συντάγματος) στον Αρχαιολογικό Χώρο της Επιδαύρου. Η χιλιομετρική απόσταση και ο χρόνος που θα χρειαστείτε
From Patra: 183 km. Χάρτης διαδρομής. Η οδική διαδρομή από την Πάτρα στον Αρχαιολογικό Χώρο της Επιδαύρου. Η χιλιομετρική απόσταση και ο χρόνος που θα χρειαστείτε
From Ioannina: 392 km. Χάρτης διαδρομής. Η οδική διαδρομή από τα Ιωάννινα στον Αρχαιολογικό Χώρο της Επιδαύρου. Η χιλιομετρική απόσταση και ο χρόνος που θα χρειαστείτε
From Sparta: 119 km. Χάρτης διαδρομής. Η οδική διαδρομή από τη Σπάρτη στον Αρχαιολογικό Χώρο της Επιδαύρου. Η χιλιομετρική απόσταση και ο χρόνος που θα χρειαστείτε

By bus:
Nauplio: Syggrou 8,  tel.: 27520.27.323, 27520.27.423
Nauplio has regular bus routes in daily basis that connects with Athens and other areas of Argolida.

By train:
The train stop is located at the port. Connects Nauplio with Korinthos and Pireus.
The route for Korinthos is approximately 1h and 15 minutes.
The route for Athens is 3 hours.
Tel. 27520.28.090

For your own convenience you can use the route map at the next field of the page (Routes) with information of kilometrical distance, the time you will need and the route that you follow, choosing the spots you are interested in.


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