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The romantic town of Nafplion is one of the most famous and also popular tourist destinations in the Peloponnese. It’s very close to Athens – only about 150 km – and also a strategic point to visit  the archeological sites of  Mycenae, Epidaurus Ancient Theatre, Corinth and also the nice beach of Tolo

Some info about Nafplion – Ελλ. Ναυπλιο

The beautiful town of Nafplion was the first capital of Greece in early 1830 and you can see it from the huge and outstanding building of the Municipality now that used to be the parliament – overwhelming the beautiful square .

The city attracts thousands of tourists every year therefore is well organized in terms of touristic infrastructures.

The Old Town is lovely, with old mansions – most of them completely renovated – nice pedestrians streets full of cafes, tavernas, restaurants and very nice shops.

But Nafplion most of all is very famous for his Bourtzi and for the Castle dominating the city .



What to see:

The fortress of Bourtzi is located in a very small island – in the port of Nafplion.  The fortress of Bourtzi (in Turkish Tower) was build in 1471  by Antonio Gambello, an architect from Bergamo, but the construction was completed by the engineer Brancaleone.

Palamidi fortress

The fortress of Palamidi dominates from the hill the whole town of Nafplion. It was build during the venetian occupation in 19th century and it is one of the biggest fortress you can find in Greece. It consists of 8 bastions – linked together but in some way also “separate” in case of any attack.

You can reach the fortress directly from the town on foot (but be careful …. steps are countless :)  – I was told 999) or you can easily come with the car.

The entrance is free and you can really enjoy an outstanding view from there – the main central square of Nafplio, the nice beaches, the fortress of  Bourtzi and the outstanding see.

This fortress has also been used as a prison, and close to the chapel you can find all the jails where also Theodoros Kolokotronis, one of the Revolution leaders has been imprisoned here, charged with high treason, in 1833.

Let’s go to my trip

I have visited the nice town of Napflion countless of times. I really love to visit this nice city that is also pretty close to Athens (about 1.30 h)

Napflion has a magic effect on myself …… when I go there I feel so relaxed and happy …… maybe this is due to the very nice old center, very characteristics, to the nice cafes or mouthwatering food or just for the Bourtzi ….

Napflio is a very nice place to spend a day, a visit to the Palamidi fortress is a must and if you want to eat in a fish taverna on the beach  …. just 10 minutes by car you can reach the nice fisherman  town (and very touristic)  of Tolo.

I also recommend to spend your day in the outstanding beach of Vivari, close to Tolo – we spent an amazing day there, that beach is not very touristic therefore you can really enjoy your stay. We spent the whole day laying in one amaca, under the shadows or nice umbrellas … listening to light music and drinking  amazing caffe’ frappe  ……

Ciao !



5 comments to Nafplion

  • Daniela

    I really loved Nafplion!

    Even if it was winter, in the night the town was very lively. We enjoyed having a coffee in the main square and a drink in one of the clubs along the beach. During the day we walked thorugh the narrow streets (with lovely jewelery shops btw!!) and, finally, from above, we discover a wonderful small beach! It was a pity it was still too cold for me to swim!

    And Epidavros was simply amazing! Hope I will mamage to go back for a play in summer.

    Ursula, thank you so much for your great tips!

  • ursula

    Thank you Daniela for leaving your comments :) i am so happy that you enjoyed your trip ;)
    I will write about Epidavros in the next days … Amazing place …. Ciao!

  • Fotini

    Naflio is an amazing city to visit and not too far from Athens! I love your picture inside Kolokotronis’s prison cell…I went there during a high school excursion [a long time ago… :)] and I was amazed by how small that place is…I definitely recommend Nafplio as a weekend destination!

    Great pics Ursula!!!

  • Gisela

    Hi Ursula! I’ve been posting in tripadvisor a week ago and your tips really helped me. But now I have a doubt regarding Nafplio, because I was thinking of staying in Athina Hotel, in front of the square, stay there as a base and from there take the buses to see Epidaurus and Mycenae in different days. From what I read they take 1 or 2 hours. What is best? to stay in Nafplio and from there visit the different places or take a tour to the different locations of the region?
    I would appreciate if you could share some tips regarding this.

    Thanks a lot!!!

    • ursula

      Dear Gisela,
      first of all thank you for leaving a message :)
      Concerning your questions – if the places you are thinking to visit are Epidavros and Mycenae honestly I would stay in Napflio – you will love it !
      It’s such beautiful city – so romantic, by the sea that you will enjoy to come back in the evening and spend there your time, eating in one taverna, walking in the paved alleys and see the beautiful shops ! If you love ice cream there you will find the most delicious “gelato” :)
      If you have time you can also to to Tolo – nice beach – but my favorite is Vivari.
      Last thing – is you are planning to come in Summer there may be the possibility that they will perform a Tragedy at Epidavros theather that you cannot miss !!! In my post of Epidavros you will find the link of the performances where you could also book the tickets !
      ciao and keep following me :)

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