Nafplio, Peloponnese

Nauplio (or Nafplio) was the first modern capital of Greece. It is only an hour drive from Galatas (the opposite mainland coast). It is considered as the most romantic city of Greece. According to mythology, the town was founded by Náfplios, the son of god Poseidon and the daughter of Danaus (Danaida) Anymone.

The town’s history traces back to the prehistoric era when soldiers from here participated in the Argonautic expedition and the Trojan War alike. The town declined during the Roman times and flourished again during the Byzantine times. Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors left their mark in the town and strongly influenced its culture, architecture and traditions during the centuries. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statues, Ottoman fountains and Venetian or neoclassical buildings mesmerize the visitor with their unique architecture and beauty.

The city is also good for shopping. You should also visit Akronafplia that is the historic rock at the foot of Palamidi hill, also known by its Turkish name “Its Kale” (meaning inner castle). Inhabited since prehistoric times, the peninsula consists of three levels, among which stand three independent castles, the oldest being the western one. It was there that the ancient acropolis was situated, fortified with polygonic Cyclopean walls.

A good idea is also to visit Tolo, a small bay with an amazing beach 15 minutes out of Nafplio.

 

 
 
 
PLACES TO VISIT
Spetses (Σπέτσες) Aegina (Αίγινα) Epidavros (Επίδαυρος)
Hydra (Ύδρα) Methana (Μέθανα) Trizina (Τροιζήνα)
Porto Heli (Πόρτο Χέλι)    
 
 
 
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