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One of the most traditional and cosmopolitan places in Greece, Nafplion, lays under the shadow of the Venetian fortress, has the glamor of another era with neoclassic buildings, paved squares and castles that compose a unique scenery.

view of Nafplio

view of Nafplio

Beautiful Nafplion with its long history, was the first capital of Greece, after the release of the Turks. The area has an especial calmness and a weird beauty, with lots of monuments that testify its history and culture. Nafplion is built around the hill of Palamidi, on top of which there is the homonym fortress, and it divides in Old and New town. The old historic town extends to the north side of Akronafplia, while the modern town extends to the east, towards the shadow of the famous castle.

During your stay in Nafplion, it’s worth a visit to the museums, to the impressive churches, to walk around the historic squares and of course to visit the legendary castles. There are also many options for amusement. There are many taverns, restaurants, coffee shops, bars in the area,  that offers unique moments of fun.
Nafplion and the whole area, with the lacy coasts, the unique natural beauties and the cozy hospitality of the local people is an ideal destination, that ollects a huge amount of visitors every year, from Greece and abroad.

Nafplion is one of the most beautiful towns in Greece. The former capital of Greece may remind visitors of the Plaka but it’s on the sea. With two mountains crowned by medieval fortresses overlooking the town and the small island fortress called the Bourtzi that once protected the harbor. For people who want to visit an island but don’t like boats, Nafplion is a good alternative and just a 2 hour drive from Athens. It is also convenient to the important ancient sites of Myceneae, Epidavros, Nemea, Argos and Corinth
Sights
Nafplio

Building in Nafplio

Building in Nafplio

According to mythology, built by and named after the son of Poseidon, Nafplios, picturesque Nafplio is a city of historical and cultural significance. It was one of the most powerful marine domains of all Greek territory during the Mycenaean era. It was later seized, first by the Byzantines, in 1210 by the Franks , followed by the Venetians and then by the Turks until 1822. Finally liberated by the Greeks, it was officially appointed the first Greek capital on May 4th 1827 during the 3rd Constitutional Assembly.
A historical town, like Nafplio, has a lot of sights that are worth a visit. There are literally infinite choices, the one better than the other. Every visitor will be satisfied, that’s for sure.

Palamidi
Named after Palamedes, son of Nafplios stands 220m high on the hill above the city of Nafplio. It was first fortified by the Venetians at the beginning of the 18th century. It was seized by Staikos Staikopoulos on November 30th 1822 and on the 3rd of December 1822 it was turned over to Theodoros Kolokotronis by the Turks. Here you can visit the ruins of Kolokotronis prison cell. In the month of June, during the music festival there are concerts held here.  Access by car on the east side and for the daring, the 999 stairs.

Karathona
Located just 3.1km southeast of Nafplio it is the largest beach of the area. A beautiful turquoise gulf with its white sandy coast, it is ideal for water sports, sunbathing and enjoying a nice cold frappe.

Bourtzi

Bourtzi in Nafplio

Bourtzi in Nafplio

The Venetian fortress, known as Bourtzi, is considered as the trademark of the town. It was built by the Venetians in 1417 and its first name was Castello dello Soglio. It consists of a tall octagonal tower and it is surrounded by semicircular towers. The entrance of the bay used to close with a movable chain, so “Porto Gardena “, the port of the chain, was a safe place.
In 1865, Bourtzi wasn’t a fortress anymore and they start to use it as a place for the convicts of Palamilidi to stay, as the center of the Greek defense during the raid of Ibrahim, as the center of the Organization of Tourism and as a place to accomodate the Greek government.
Nowadays, visitors can reach it with a boat from the port of Nafplion and watch many events that are organized during summer.

Akronafplia
The rocky peninsula Akronafplia was the old acropolis of Nafplio. The Turks used to call it Its-Kale, which means internal castle. It is an oblong peninsula that penetrates the Argolikos bay and connects to the coast in its east side, the pass of Arvanitia. Akronafplia consists of three levels, each one of them was a castle. The fortification of Akronafplia was extended during the possession of the town from the Romans, the Franks, the Venetians and the Turks. During the era of Kapodistrias, there were built a church and a military hospital and the fortification and the armature were fixed. After 1821, it was used as a camp and as a jail.

Monuments
The Bavarian Lion
An impressive monument,  that was carved in a rock in 1936 by the German sculptor Siggel. The lion has its eyes closed in an expression of sadness, like a human.

The monument of Dimitrios Ypsilantis
The monument of Dimitrios Ypsilantis was constructed in Vienna and was placed in the Constitution square in 1843. in 1951 the monument was transported to “Trion Navarxon” square.

The statue of Kapodistrias
The monument of Kapodistrias is awork of art of the sculptor M.Tompros and was placed in Kapodistria’s square in 1933. In Nafplio, the first government of Greece took an oath and the first governor, Kapodistrias, was murdered. “Kapodistrias” square divides the New and the Old town.

Archeological Museum

Archeological Museum of Nafplio

Archeological Museum of Nafplio

It is a traditional building that hosts many remarkable collections. It was built in 1713 and it hosts signifigant collections of findings from the Prehistoric and Mycenaean period in the area. In the room of the first floor there are the findings of the Prehistoric period, while on the second floor there are the findings of the historic period.
Komboloi  Museum.
The Museum is located in Staikopoulou St. in Nafplion, Greece, in an 18th century two-story building. The museum is on the first floor, with the workshop and the retail shop on the ground floor.
25 Staikopoulou St.

Karonis Distillery Museum
In our museum there are tools, instruments, machinery, and company papers on display which date back to 1880 and after. See the distilerys first distiller and its purchase invoice from France.. along with many other things.
+30 2752 0 24968

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