Nafplio is an old and at the same time a lively and modern Greek harbor, clean, quiet and secure, similar with an Italian and a little Turkish town. Well its narrow streets, suddenly leaving abruptly upwards, with balconies, overgrown with thickets of bougainvillea, and numerous cafes and restaurants, were treated in the summer outdoors.
Nafplio is a cozy and romantic city where is always something to see. Not in vain Christos Hatzigiannis said “ You say there is no paradise, yet I live in Nafplio''.
So, if you ever visit Argolis in Greece, you cannot neglect the most wonderful town of it – Nafplio. If you want to know, Nafplio was the first capital of Greece and now is considered a great spot for tourists, a real magnet in summers due to its pure, sunny beaches, colourful bays, culture, history and not only.
Entertainment and attractions
As a major eastern port of the Peloponnese, Napflio had to have proper defense. The first of the bastions of the fortress became Akronafplia, built on the site of the ancient acropolis. Before the arrival of the Venetian city is actually located within the fortress.
The most photographed spot of Náfplio and its point of reference as well is Bourtzi, the Venetian small fortress standing on the rocky islet of Agioi Theodoroi. Bourtzi was erected on the top of a cliff at the entrance to the port city. Today you can take a boat trip to the castle from the port and evaluate the views of the city from the sea.
Palamidi is the most monumental and impressive town castle standing on top of a 216-meter hill. Built by the Venetians in the early 18th century and which is a system of individual bastions connected by walls, the fortress is considered to be a masterpiece of military architecture. You can get in on the road to the east gate or stairs on the west side, east of the Grimani bastion. Locals say that it consists of 999 steps, and, in fact smaller steps ("only" 850), climbing stairs requires some physical fitness. At night the city is living an active life, everyone can choose at will a cozy bar with soft music or a disco.
Museum of Nafplio
Located in one of the most beautiful buildings in the city in Syntagma Square the Archaeological Museum has an extensive collection of artifacts from the Neolithic period. In the exhibition halls of the video broadcast with English subtitles., telling the story finds. Permanent exhibition of the branch of the National Gallery (Museum Alexander Sutsosa) is devoted to the War of Independence, are also temporary exhibitions.
The Museum of Folklore Peloponnese (Vasileios Alexandros 1) presents a wonderful collection of Greek national costumes and other household items. Recently, part of the museum reflects not only rural but also urban life in Greece, including Nafplio in the 19th century.
You can also visit here the prestigious Peloponnesian Folk Art Museum, The Children’s Museum , the one of its kind “Komboloi Museum”, The Town Hall in the Trion Navarhon square, The statue of Ioannis Kapodistrias, The War Museum, housed in the buildings of the former Military Academy, the houses of regent Armansberg and Mauer, the “Lion of the Bavarians” standing in the suburb of “Pronia”, Theodoros Kolokotronis Park with his statue standing there, the recently renovated “Pili tis Ksirás” (Shore Gate).
And do not forget of the beaches, Arvanitia, Karathonas, Nea Kios, Miloi and Kiveri where you can lie in the sun and at sunset take a romantic stroll.
Náfplio is approximately 94 km far from Athens.
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The name comes from the legendary hero of the peninsula Pelops.
Nowadays the peninsula developed and has wonderful resorts and hotels, wonderful landscapes and a rich history.
The legendary islands from Peloponnese are ideal places to spend summer and winter vacations.
Their variety can satisfy the desires of every tourist.
Loutraki developed spa and luxury hotels, in Mani you can find castles and historic mansions, Arkadia and Monemvasia have special mountain chalets, Parnassus and Taygetos have many mountain villas.
Beaches in the Peloponnese are sandy or sandy with small patches of small pebbles.
Families with children should pay attention to the northern coast regions Achaia and Corinth.
There is a resort focused on a family vacation.
On the south coast are deserted picturesque beaches.
In the Corinthia tourists choose to stay at the beach of Loutraki or Xilokastro or on a pebble coast Sikya, for the purity of its waters.
In Argolida remarkable is the sandy beach of Tolo, Plepi and Porto Heli, the same to choose pebbles for their transparency uncontaminated with sand water, worth of attention is also the Palais Epidavros, Ermioni or Arvantiyu.
According to the Peloponnese you can study the history of ancient Greece, one of the richest in the sights of the country.
For example, Mycenae- the center of ancient civilization of the world where still are preserved the ruins of the palace of the legendary Lion's Gate.
Or the very Sparta , the birthplace of 300 Spartans, the most powerful body and spirit of the inhabitants of ancient Greece.
Olympia all know as ancestor of the Olympic Games.
Today you can see the most ancient stadium, take the first athletes.
Also noteworthy is the city of Corinth , which gave the world Corinthian columns.
Decorating today are not only ancient columns, but also modern mansions.
In Epidaurus flock to pilgrimage came under the influence of Melpomene theater-goers: it is in Epidaurus is the oldest theater in the country, whose acoustics still affects the minds of architects and engineers - the ringing of the fallen coin in the center of the scene can be heard even at 60 m, in the back row.
Peloponnese is multidimensional and an amazing place to visit.
Important archeological sites, ancient cities, fortresses where are held important festivals and cultural events located in a wonderful natural settings with mountains, rivers and beaches are an attraction for tourists worldwide.