Favorite thing: 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.
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Calling from US to Nafplion: 011 -30- 0752 0 - xxxxx
USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS:
Emercency - 100
Town Hall - 27520 23766
Tourist Information Office - 27520 24444
Police Headquarters - 27520 21536
Tourist Police - 27520 28131
Fire Brigade - 27520 27222
Port Police - 27520 27022
Customs - 27520 27401
Post Office - 27520 24230
Nafplio General Hospital - 27520 27309
Bus Station - 27520 27323
Railway Station - 27520 26400
War Museum - 27520 25591
Folk Museum - 27520 28379
Archaelogical Museum - 27520 27502
Nauplius was the son of the god Poseidon. This Nauplius founded Nauplia (Nafplio).
In Greek mythology, Palamedes was the son of Nauplius. More famous Nauplius was a great-great-grandson of his namesake, the founder of Nauplia. Like Nauplius I, Nauplius II also ruled over Nauplia (although other accounts say he ruled in Euboea).
Agamemnon sent Palamedes to Ithaca to retrieve Odysseus, who had promised to defend the marriage of Helen and Menelaus. Odysseus stopped working and revealed his sanity. Odysseus never forgave Palamedes for sending him to the Trojan War. When Palamedes advised the Greeks to return home, Odysseus accused him of being a traitor and forged false evidence and found a fake witness to testify against him. Palamedes was stoned to death (Palamidi is the name of a hill and a fortress at it).
Consequently, Nauplius swore revenge against King Agamemnon and the other Greek leaders. When the Greeks were sailing home from Troy after the close of the war, Nauplius lit beacon fires along the perilous coastline of Euboea, and many ships were shipwrecked as a result. Before this point, he also convinced many of the lonely wives of the Greek commanders to be unfaithful to their husbands, and to conspire against them.
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 .
A lovely seaside town, with its picturesque harbour, NAFPLIO is on the Peloponnese Peninsula and dominated by three citadels - Palamidi Fortress, the Akronafplia Fortress and Bourtzi Fortress. Located in the Prefecture of Argolida and 145 km ( 90 miles ) southwest of Athens. For several years after the Greek War of Independence ( 1821 to 1828 ) Nafplio was Greece's first Capital.
I was absolutely in awe of this lovely town, with its elegant Venetian homes and neoclassical civic buildings. It so reminded me of the Spanish town of Marbella, with its cobbled streets and balconies overflowing with vines of bouganvillia.
Fondest memory: Getting there. From Athens, head south to the Corinth Canal. Stop at Mycenae en route. Take the new Corinth - Trilolos Road as far as Argos limit. Leave your car in the large municipal parking lot by the harbour ( no charge ).
Favorite thing: The center of Nafplio town is SYNTAGMA SQUARE. Here in this spacious square with marble pavement, you will find shops, restaurants, a bank. a hotel and people meeting people. (this is where we met up with Anna). I believe the Old Turkish Mosque Trianon was situated here too. Janet and I went in there to view some wonderful religious icon paintings which were on disply there. I believe the Arts Society sponsors showings of artistic exhibitions.
Sitting in the Bay of Nauplia, BOURTZI FORTRESS was fortified in 1473 by the Venetians and served to prevent enemies entering the port. It served as a fortress until 1865. It was formerly a prison and then from 1930 to 1970 it was run as a hotel.
There are tours to the island that leave from the Harbour area.
The Venetian Fortress of PALAMIDI was constructed in the early 18th century on the top of a hill at an altitude of 216 metres. You can walk up the hundreds of steps ( I've seen anywhere from 857 to 999 steps) or taxi up the 3 km road. The walls leading up to the Fort almost looked like the famous Great Wall of China. From the top there are magnificent panoramic views of the town and the Argolic Gulf.
Admission: Adults 4 Euros
Child 18 & under Free
Students with ID Free
Admission is free on Saturdays between November and March
I enyou very much wondering arround unknown places, especially when they feel like you are got back home from a very long trip and you are actually first time visiting. Well napflion is one of those places for me.
Fondest memory: This is me walking , armed and dagerous with my cameras:)))
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
Favorite thing: The Palamidi Fortress, which sits above and dominates the city, is actually three separate fortresses walled together. It was built by the Venetian in 1714 and then taken by the Turks the following year and held until they surrendered it to Kolokotronis after a 15 month siege during the War of Independence. There are 999 steps leading up to the fortress but it's also accesible by car or taxi.
Favorite thing: Nafplio is a great place to visit especially in the off season when it is cool enough to explore, the tourist hordes are gone, and you want to do nothing but shop, eat, drink and watch life in this small city, the first capital of modern Greece.
Favorite thing: There is a beach in town just around the other side of the Akronaphlia where you pay to get in, but it has changing rooms, a bar and watersports. A few km away there are two beaches: a beach at Karathona and the town of Tolon with a sandy beach and many hotels, bars and restaurants.
The big square at the waterfront and the sidewalk that follows the harbor is a place where people watch the sunset, walk off their evening meals or just enjoy the air.
It's very festive with vendors selling hot nuts, roast corn and even cotton candy.
Favorite thing: Nafplio is like a bigger version of the Plaka in Athens, only more beautiful. The main square is called Syntagma (Constitution). It is paved in marble and surrounded by historical buildings including a Turkish mosque, cafes, shops, bank and a hotel. The streets are closed to automobile traffic and filled with people casually strolling, looking at the jewelry shops, bakeries, tourist shops and the many bars and restaurants. Of particular interest is the shop which makes bouzoukis and other stringed instruments.