Nestled on the Argolic Gulf, Nafplion has gorgeous scenery in spades, but don’t let the water views distract you from this port town’s Venetian architecture, designer boutiques and cosy cafes. Nafplio boasts a rich history in Greek mythology and ancient wars, reflected in its three fortresses.
Things to do in Náfplio
Rising above Nafplio on a 216-metre-high rocky outcrop, Palamidi is an 18th-century citadel considered one of the world’s finest examples of military architecture. Venture inside to learn about the intense Turkish and Greek battles and to see strategic bastions, including one once used as a prison. The nearby Akronafplia fortress is Nafplio’s oldest, dating back to the Bronze Age.
A perfect way to get acquainted with the area, head down to Nafplio Port for a drink overlooking the bay or a stroll along the Arvanitia Promenade, which runs right beside the water to Arvanitia Beach. During summer, this beach is filled with locals and visitors sunbathing, swimming and dining at quayside restaurants.
Once under the Venetian and Turkish rule, Nafplio boasts diverse architecture, such as the building housing the Archaeological Museum of Nafplion. This informative museum displays archaeological findings from the Mycenaean era, including armour and ceremonial masks. Visit the award-winning Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation museum to see traditional Greek costumes and toys.
Nafplio offers multiple day trips for those looking for relaxation and culture. For the former, head to the nearby beaches in Tolo, Miloi and Karathona, all within 15 minutes from town. Culture awaits on trips to the Ancient Tiryns archaeological site just seven kilometres away, while the ruins of ancient Lernais where Hercules killed Hydra only 12 kilometres away.
Getting around Náfplio
Nafplio’s local bus service takes you to most destinations in and outside of the region, including as far as Athens. Bicycles are cheap to hire for a day, while walking will also get you to most attractions.