Why you should visit the city of Nafplio in Greece

Nafplio aerial panoramic view from Palamidi fortress. Nafplio is a seaport town in the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece. photo by © saiko3p – stock.adobe.com

Nafplio city in Greece

Nafplio (Nauplio or Nauplion in Italian) is one of the most beautiful seaport towns in the area of Argolis in eastern Peloponnese, Greece. It is the first capital of Greece. Nafplio is usually dubbed as the most romantic city of Greece as it offers a romantic gateway from Athens.

According to mythology, Nafplio city is named on the son of god Poseidon, Nafplio.

How to access Nafplio?

It’s just two hours away from Athens and can be easily accessed by a car or bus. So, planning a road trip to Nafplio is quite convenient. Once you get in the beautiful city, All the major sights can be easily covered by walking as they are within the city. So, it’s an excellent destination for walking enthusiasts. Its narrow streets, hidden squares, Ottoman fountains, statues monuments, and neoclassical mansions mesmerize the visitors with their unique architecture in which there is no denying that Nafplio is a combination of brilliant colours. It is full of castles and fortresses. The city is as captivating as one could imagine, you can not get your eyes off the beautiful architecture of the city even walking in an ordinary street or your 2 km walk to the hotel.

When to visit Nafplio?

Unlike the islands which are usually to be visited in summer, this magical town is an ideal destination for all seasons. It can be visited in autumn and winter due to its mild climate.

Where to stay in Nafplio?

From economical and budget-friendly hotel rooms to stylish and luxurious five-star villas, Nafplio offers both. Fabulous mansions, traditional guesthouses, and lovely houses are quite easily available in the most beautiful town of Greece.

Where to eat in Nafplio?

Like anywhere else in Greece, Nafplio also offers delicious restaurants for enjoying classic Greek cuisine.

Important places in Nafplio:

Palamidi Castle stands 216 m above sea level. In order to reach it, you have to climb the steps fewer than traditional 999 steps. But after so much effort to reach the top the stunning view from above yields the reward. It is the place where the famous hero of the Greek Revolution Theodore Kolokotronis had been imprisoned. The site is now in ruins but still worth seeing. Agios Andreas battlement is also built at the top of the Castle.

The Bourtzi is the Venetian small fortress located on the tiny rocky island of Agioi. It was built by Venetians in the 15th century and used as a prison but now it is the most photographed spot of Nafplio. It is used to host events and concerts in the summer.

Akronafplia is an ancient rock at the top of the old town at Palamidi hill. It is one of the oldest castles built in the Bronze age, there are still remains of old walls in the western part of the castle. The castle is being renovated from last few years.

Things to do in Nafplio:

  • Watch the sunset and the picturesque alleys at the sea.
  • Take a walk to Palamidi castle -and along the seaside clutched in your loved one arms.
  • Drench in the scent of oregano and thyme.
  • Find a nice old taverna to view the magic of Nafplio from your balcony.

So, believe it or not, you won’t regret your next trip to Nafplio, Greece.

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