Nafplio Travel Guide

  • Nafplio
    by orix
  • Bourtzi fort
    Bourtzi fort
    by JessieLang
  • Nafplio - Palamidi
    Nafplio - Palamidi
    by Kuznetsov_Sergey

Nafplio Things to Do

  • Palamidi Castle

    Palamidi castle/fortress is built in the top of a 216 meter high hill inside Nafplion town around 1714 by the Venetians,one should climb the 875 steps(approx.i really didn't counted it!) to reach the top though,it can be reach by a car too.The castle/fortress is named after Palamidis (a son of Nafplius)who have invented the currency,weight &...

  • Walking about the town

    Nafplion offers a great opportunity to walk around the small area at the harbor and you will find many photo ops. The piazza are cleaned daily, and the shops are tidy. If you look up on the hill you will see the old castle, worth attending later on for sure.

  • Arvanitia

    After coming down from Palamidi and walking and having a coffee at Nafplio, we decided to have a bath in Arvanitia. the beach is quite small The water was calm and refreshing, just what we needed in a hot August day. The walk along Arvanitia to go back to the city around the cape was delightful.

  • Palamidi

    Palamidi fortress was between 1711 and 1715. The Venetian Govervnor odered its construction, but it fell into Ottoman hands before it was finished. There are 8 bastions coonected with one another by a wall.Apart from the militar architecture, the visit is worth for the views over the city, the gulf and the plain, where Argos can be easily seen.You...

  • The Isle of Bourtzi

    In the protected harbor of Nafplio is the Isle of Bourdzi with a fortress on it. This latest one was created by the Bergamasque architect Antonio Gambello in 1471 for the Venetians.

  • We Only Saw the Port

    It was late Fall but everyone was outside still enjoying the fresh air and coffee. Four km beyond the city is the ancient fortress of Tiryns from the 15C BC. Here we are in the Syntagmatos Square. Near by off the quay Plateia Iatrou, is a monument to French heros of the Greek independence.

  • Above Town Are Medieval and Venetian...

    Above Nafplio there is the Akronafplion which contains constructions named after the ancient inventor Palamedes of the 13C BC. The Palamidi fortress stands out along the side of the mountain built by the Venetian governor Sagreda in 1711. After a 10 day siege in 1715 it was taken by the Turks. Venetians built the castles on the summit which can be...

  • Palamidi Castle, high on the hill

    There are two other fortresses in Nafplio in addition to the Bourtzi fort. The Palamidi castle, also Venetian, was built between 1686 and 1715. We saw it looming over the town but didn't have time to visit. It looks really interesting though. You can get to it by road (a bus goes up there), or climb 999 stairs to the top. The Akronafplia fortress...

  • Bourtzi Island fortress

    Head to the harbor and take a short boat ride across the bay to the Bourtzi fortress, built in 1471 by the Venetians to defend the city from pirates. The fortress is on a small island 450 meters offshore. It is one of three Venetian fortresses here.

  • Palamidi Fortress

    If you visit Nafplion, visiting Palamidi Fortress is the one thing you MUST do. Although the castle itself is quite interesting and suprisingly large, it's the view that makes it all worthwhile. Set 216 metres above the town, Palamidi sits dominating Nafplion's sprawling old and new towns. Built around 1711, it was the last fortress to be built by...

  • Climb the steps up to the Palamidi...

    Not for the fainthearted, especially on a hot day when you'd be well advised to go up early in the morning (and bring water!). Supposedly there are 1000 steps (tho have also heard 857 mentioned, which is less romantic) and I did try to count them but I kept losing my place every time I looked at the town below. The going is not particularly hard...

  • Komboloi museum

    I wasn't sure about this beforehand. How interesting could a museum of worry beads possibly be? Aut as soon as I looked in the windows of this fascinating workshop and museum I had to go in. This is a one man mission to save the beautiful old-style komboloi, traditionally made of lovely, 'living' materials like amber or nacre, but made of ugly...


Nafplio Hotels

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  • Aetoma Traditional Hotel

    2 Saint Spyridon Square, Nauplion, Peloponnese, 21100, Greece

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Amfitriti Pension

    24 Kapodistriou str, Nauplion, Peloponnese, 211 00, Greece

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Ilion Hotel Suites

    4 Efthimiopoulou & Kapodistriou str., Constitution Square, Nauplion, Peloponnese, 21100, Greece

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

Nafplio Restaurants

  • A fresh beer in a hot day

    We met these people, from the ex-URSS, in the islet where is located the castel. When we returned back to Nauplio, we found this bar near the port. It was a very hot day!At the end, this lovely family invited us to have a drink at its house. We accepted with much pleasure and we spent an unforgettable evening with them. Thanks a lot for inviting...

  • Harbor View while dining

    There are several tavernas along the harbor. In the summer the weather is so pleasant and you don't want to be in a hurry. Sit and become a people watcher as the sun sets behind the old prison on the island. Boats come and go and life seems to slow down.All of the tavernas along the harbor have great seating with big chairs and cushions, not the...

  • This was a terrible experinece

    The restaurant itself is right on the square with a nice outside patio in the town's main square. We chose a table for two on the patio. A gentleman approached and asked where we were from. When we said Toronto he asked if we knew the restaurant Parthenon as it was owned by a friend or an uncle. We confirmed and he then introduced himself as the...

  • Street with seafood tavernas

    This street was just close to our hotel where we stayed in Nafplio. We were starving to get a fresh fish as we reached the sea. the street is consisted of one taverna following by another. We were not amazed by the food there. It was not exactly fresh-fresh...and looked like a touristic trap...may be we were unlucky and didn't chose the right one...


    I have never tried a gelato better than the one made by smiling Marcelo at this lovely ice-cream shop. I was blown away and kept coming back every day during my 4-days stay in Nafplio.Prices are quite high, but it is well worth it:3 scoops = 4.50 euro.2 scoops = 3.50 euro. Chocolate gelato!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Greek cuisine

    After trying a bunch of different places in the town, we kept coming back to this small restaurant located close to our hotel (Byron Hotel). This hidden gem offers tasty and cheap cuisine with a friendly, fast service. Highly recommended.Prices: Dinner costs anywhere from 15 to 40 euro. Greek salad, stuffed wine leaves, fried mushrooms.


Nafplio Nightlife

  • Omilos

    It is the hottest cafe-bar of Nafplio. Amazing sea view. It is adorable to drink your coffe or drink, to listen cool music from experienced Djs and to enjoy the sunset. An experience you shouldn’t miss.

  • Looking for a wild nightlife?

    If you are looking for a wild nightlife, Nafplio is not the place. Small picturesque coffeehouses on the port, traditional taverns at the alleys, small (literally) bars and few clubs with dance music, are what constitute the nightlife of Nafplio. Everything

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    ok the provincial greek night life, or rather what they understand under night life is the following: first you go to one of the cafes along the portside. all the people and the tables are facing the cafe itself, and not the harbour and what should be the more interesting view, main thing is just sit sip coffee, and watch the people pass by. it...


Nafplio Transportation

  • From Nafplio to Mycenae by bus

    There are buses departing Nafplio for Mycenae few times a day. In May 2008 we took a 10am bus and came back on a 12pm one I think.The journey takes about 1 hour. Bus brings you directly to the site - its the last stop.You do not need to buy tickets in advance, just purchase it on the bus. On way ticket costs 2.60 euro.Entrance tickets for museum...

  • From Meteora to Nafplio via Athens by...

    As of May, 2008 there were no direct buses from Meteora to Nafplio, so we had to take a train to Athens first (at 6.30am for the price of 20.30 euro each). Arrived in Athens at 11.30am, took a taxi (5 euro) which brought us to the bus terminal A. Bought our tickets at the window (looked for the sign - Nafplio - cause each window sells tickets to...

  • From Nafplio to Epidaurus by bus

    There are buses departing Nafplio for Epidaurus few times a day.In May 2008 their schedule was: 10.15am, 12pm, 2.30pm.From Epidaurus to Nafplio: 12pm, 1pm, 3.45pm, 6pm.The journey takes about 45 minutes.You do not need to buy tickets in advance, just purchase it on the bus. On way ticket costs 2.60 euro.We took a 10.15am bus and came back on the...


Nafplio Shopping

  • Local Made Crafts Available

    In the photos you will see the kinds of local craft items one finds in a shop. It is impossible to show all types of things here, but you can at least see some of it.We enjoy shopping and looking at this kind of thing as where we live near Venice, most of the tourist items are made in China and made to look Italian.Hats off to the Greeks who still...


    In Nafplio's historic centre, there is a special place with a great variety of handmade goods of exceptional quality. MITOS offers handmade carpets, both modern and antique, from Persia and from other countries in Central Asia. All goods are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.Open Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 22:00


    The main shopping street is the wide pedestrian Street, Platica Syndagmatos, paralleling the waterfront and runs the length of the town. Shops and boutiques can also be found on the side streets.An assortment of Greek souvenirs, a number of jewelry and local art stores can be found at Nafplio's various shops.


Nafplio Warnings and Dangers

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    by nickandchris Written Jun 17, 2006

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    If you are driving in Nafplion, be warned. You cannot avoid the worst junction we have ever come across.
    At some point in the town, the south west end, about four roads all converge, two of them dual carriageways and no-one in particular having right of way. There are no traffic lights or give way signs nor is there a roundabout. It's every man for himself and it's a most terrifying experience, especially when you are in a hire car. I must admit, most drivers treat this junction with respect and gingerly edge their way across. We were wondering if any of the drivers would actually stop and give way but when we met opposing traffic, we were let through with no problems. There doesn't seem to be a good time to cross this junction!!! although siesta is obviously quieter.
    The worst thing for me was once we knew about it, knowing we were going to encounter it again.....

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Nafplio Off The Beaten Path

  • Thrickets of Opuntia

    I’ve never seen in my life so many cactuses as there were at Akronauplia Hill. Opuntia is a genus in the cactus family, Cactaceae. I’ve read in wikipedia that currently, only prickly pears are included in this genus of about 200 species. Opuntia maintain frosts up to minus 10 °C!

  • Agios Spiridon

    Agios Spiridon was built in 1702. It’s located in Agiou Spiridona Square. Kapodistrias (the first governor of independent Greece and the former minister of Russian foreign affairs) was assassinated outside this church in 1831. They say that the bullet is shown in a glass case on the wall.I'm very interested in Kapodistrias as a legendary Greek from...

  • Epidaurus

    You can take a half hour drive from Nafplio to Epidaurus where you can visit one of the well preserved and functional amphitheaters in Greece, if not the most famous. In July (when I was there), the amphitheater was the venue of the Epidaurus music festival. Epidaurus is built on the slope of a mountain and seats 15,000 people. Speakers or...


Nafplio Favorites

  • 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.

  • Practical Information #1

    Calling from Greece to US (using Greek public phone): 001 xxx xxx xxxxCalling from Greece to US (using mobile phone): +1 xxx xxx xxxxCalling from US to Nafplion: 011 -30- 0752 0 - xxxxxUSEFUL PHONE NUMBERS:Emercency - 100Town Hall - 27520 23766Tourist Information Office - 27520 24444Police Headquarters - 27520 21536Tourist Police - 27520 28131Fire...

  • Nauplius and Palamedes in Greek...

    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...


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