Nafplio town was the capital of the First Hellenic Republic from the start of the Greek Revolution in 1821 until 1834. It was an important seaport held under a succession of royal houses in the Middle Ages as part of the lordship of Argos and Nauplia.

MYTHOLOGY

Nafplio town was founded by Nafplios, the son of god Poseidon and the daughter of Danaus (Danaida). The town’s history traces back to the prehistoric era when soldiers from here participated in the Argonautic expedition and the Trojan War.

A home of Palamidis, their local hero of the Trojan war and supposedly the inventor of weights and measures, lighthouses, the first Greek alphabet and the father of the Sophists.

WHAT YOU CAN DO IN NAFPLIO.

Stroll Nafplio Town.
It has a really nice small street with gift shops all over. You can take your time to walk around and enjoy the amazing scenery of Nafplion city from the top of the mountain. Admire the many old buildings that date back two hundred or so years ago. Part of the old town also sits on a peninsula that juts out onto the gulf.

Explore Palamidi Fortress.
You will love climbing up 913 steps to the top of this historic fortress, here you will have a city’s most stunning views. Nestled on the crest of a 216-meter high hill, the fortress was built by the Venetians during their second occupation of the area (1686–1715). In 1715 it was captured by the Turkish and remained under their control until 1822 when it was captured by the Greeks.

Explore Palamidi Fortress.

Take a Boat Ride to Bourtzi.
The Islet which can only be reached by boat is one of the tourist attractions in Nafplio. It was built by the Venetians way back in the in 1471. Bourtzi was originally part of the city’s defenses, and thick chains ran from the castle to the mainland to prevent enemy ships from docking. Located in the Argolic gulf and close to Nafplio, the only way to reach there is by boat. Small boats head out to the fortress, leaving from the port fairly regularly. The trip lasts only a couple of minutes.

Swim in the Cleanest Waters.
1) Nafplio’s town beach is called Arvanitia,
2) Karathona is a long, sandy beach about 3 km from Nafplio.
You can walk there on a nice path that begins at Arvanitia beach.
3) Tolo. The resort town Tolo, 9 km from Nafplio,
4) KASTRAKI. A small, cute gravel beach that’s located near Tolo,
5) KIVERI. Kiveri is the last village on the southwestern coast of Argolis (16 km from Nafplio.)

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Take in the History.
There are many museums in town that can provide further insight into the area’s culture and history.

1) Archaeological Museum of Nafplion. The museum is situated in the central square of Nafplion. It is housed on the top floor of the old Venetian barracks.

2) Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation. Founded in 1974 by Ioanna Papantoniou by the folklorist and scenic designer. It’s located since 1981 in an early 20th-century house belonging to Papantoniou family which was converted into a museum. It holds a number of Greek traditional costumes and items from mainland Greece. You will find the work of other designers too.

3) Komboloi Museum. Komboloi or worry beads have several uses in Greek. One of the reasons is relaxation, enjoyment, and generally passing the time. In April 1998, the first Komboloi Museum – and the only one in the world – was founded in Nafplio by Aris Evangelinos and Rallou Gromitsari, who have been collecting and studying the komboloi since 1958.

4) War Museum of Nafplio. Located in the area where the first Army Cadet School were, the War Museum was inaugurated at the end of 1988. It has a collection of paintings, uniforms, sketches, assorted weaponry and photographs traces Greece’s Revolution against the Ottoman Empire to the liberation from the occupation troops.

5) Karonis Distillery. You can make your way to Karonis Distilleries, situated in a privately owned area of Agia Paraskevi, Nafplion. You will get to taste their products and they will show you around the distilleries museum where letters, books and many other things from 1870 and later. Combined with the museum, a visit to our stills where ouzo and tsipouro are produced.

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