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Our Nauplion car in Epidauros
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My husband and I are about to leave for Greece, staying most of the trip in Nafplio and traveling the surrounding area and also in Hydra and some in Athens. Any advice on what to see, eat, and do while in that area??? Yes we will rent a car in Nafplio!!
I love Nafplio. Visit The Palamidi Fortress. It's quite a steep walk up but so worth it.
We had dinner at the Taverna near the Harbour, which served delicious traditional Greek dishes and reasonably priced too. I liked how they had the dishes displayed right in front of you and you just pick something that looks appealing to you. Like a Greek hot buffet.
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There are several ancient sites worth visiting not far away, and it's especially convenient that you have a car.
Epidauros was the ancient center of healing. The site still has a classical theater (stone seating cut into a hillside), and, yes, if you stand in the center of the stage and talk in not much more than a normal voice, most of the audience can hear you (if the other tourists aren't too loud ;-) ).
Mycenae is not much to look at, being just the foundations of an ancient hilltop fortress/town...however, if you are at all a fan of Home and the Iliad, the Lions' Gate that Homer spoke of is ACTUALLY there, right over the gate that you walk through to the upper city.
There are other sites as well, but it sort of depends if you like that sort of thing (I do)...
Yes there are some very good fish restaurants watching the harbor (not so cheap though). If you don't mind driving a bit, I'd like to mention the less known but beautiful beach at "ancient apdiaurus", that could be a nice day tour.
If you are going in Greece around 6-12 September there will be a big annual happening on Spetses island very close to Hydra if you check the map. It's called Armata and it involves a show where the locals burn a wooden fake ship just outside the port of the island, to revive the old burning of part of the Ottoman fleet during the occupation of Greece from the Ottomans and individual shows from Greek artists. You may also see traditional dances, listen to traditional island music (nisiotika) and attend some exchibitions of photography etc. Many people go there during this season so if you decide to go expect to find more expensive accommodation than usual. Many people from the Greek and international star system tend to visit Spetses during that time of the year also. It's a very lively happening that most people love attenting even anually from surrounding cities or other countries. Just keep that in mind in case you will be there during this time.
Maybe this can help: http://www.visitnafplio.com
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Beach around Nafplio
After exhausting trip under the hot sun to Mycenae we were so happy to deep into the sea at the beach close to Nafplio. The beach is very good with all amenities (WC, showers, bars). In the evening becoming overcrowded with young local people coming after work for the beach parties.
Nafplio history background
Nafplio is situated on the Argolic Gulf in the northeast Peloponnese. It has a dramatic ancient and middle age history including Venetian and Ottoman rule.
As for me it’s the most interesting a city where Kapodistrias was killed.
During the Greek War of Independence, Nafplio was a major Ottoman stronghold and was besieged for a year by Theodoros Kolokotronis. Akronauplia, and then Palamidi, finally surrendered because of starvation. After its capture, because of its strong fortifications, it became the seat of the provisional governments of Greece, and Kapodistrias made it the official capital of Greece in 1829. After his assassination there in 1831 a period of anarchy followed, until the arrival of King Otto and the establishment of the new Kingdom of Greece. Nafplio remained the capital of the kingdom until 1834, when King Otto decided to move the capital to Athens.
Today it’s one of the most attractive Greek cities in the prefecture of Argolis.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Nafplio on Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 33' 52.37" N 22º 47' 45.01" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio View at Nafplio from Acronauplia Hill .
"The ancient writers make mention of Nauplion, as an important city, that took part in the Argonautic Expedition and the Trojan war. In the latter, there also participated Palamedes the sage, son to the fifth founder of the city, called also Nauplius. This Palamedes was falsely accused by Odysses of being a traitor and was murdered at Troy, as we learn from the lost tragedy by Euripides, bearing his name..."
Tourist Information Office
Nafplio Tourist Information Office is placed close to Tourist Police Office. It offers free tourist information.
Address : 25-Martiou 2
Tel. : +30 7520 24444
Open 9 AM - 1 PM and 4 PM - 8 PM
Ioannis Kapodistrias was the first governor of Greece, after its independence in 1828. That year, the government had been settled in Nafplio, which was the capital of Greece until 1834. Kapodistrias was murdered at the church of Agios Spiridonas in 1831, you can still see the hole from a bullet of this murder...
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