I am happy to write about one of my favorite destinations in Greece, a close trip from Athens. I have visited Nafplio more than 10 times so far and I would be happy to go back anytime.It is a destination for all seasons. A romantic weekend in the winter, a week holiday in the summer or a day trip from Athens anytime of the year. Nearby you can find a lot of nice beaches for a swim and interesting places to visit like the ancient theatre of Epidavros and the archaeological site of Mycenae.
How to get to Nafplio from Athens
Nafplio is situated in Argolida County in East Peloponnese. It is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Greece. It is a very popular destination for a day or weekend excursion from Athens.
You can reach Nafplio easily from Athens either by car or by bus . The distance between the two cities is 150 km (93miles). It will take you 1,5 to 2 hours depending on traffic.
What to see and do in Nafplio, Greece
Nafplio is a town with great history and many cultural sites. It used to be the first capital of the newly born Greek state between 1823 and 1834.
Start your walk from Nafplio’s old town. Stroll through the cobbled roads; watch the neoclassical buildings and many shops. Another very interesting way to explore the city is by a horse carriage. You can also rent a small carriage (bicycle style); take a small train that takes you around the town or the hop on hop off bus.
Head to the heart of the town, Syntagma square. From there you can admire many historical buildings, like the two Turkish mosques. The first one is now a cinema and the second one used to be the home of the first Greek Parliament. Other important buildings in the square are the Archaeological museum and the municipal gallery.
From the port of the town you can see a small island called Agioi Theodoroi. On the island, there is an old Venetian fortress called Bourtzi. In the summer months, it is possible to visit the fortress by boat, departing from the port.
Another major sight in Nafplio is Palamidi castle. It can be reached by climbing 999 steps that are carved into the rock or by car. It’s totally worth it though; the incredible view will compensate you. In the castle the hero of the Greek revolution against the Ottomans Theodoros Kolokotronis was kept imprisoned.
Another sight worth visiting is Akronafplia. It is a rocky peninsula, that in ancient times used to be the Acropolis.
For dinner you can eat in one of the many restaurants in Syntagma square and then have a drink in the numerous bars by the port while watching Bourtzi lit up.
What to buy from Nafplio
Nafplio is famous for the production of komboloyia (a circular chain with beads usually made of amber). It even has a museum for komboloyia. So if you want to buy a souvenir from Nafplio you should consider buying a komboloi. Other things worth buying are Greek wine, honey, herbs, olive oil and olive products, leather goods and magnets.
Have you ever been to Nafplio? Did you like it?