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Karathona Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

Lounge on the sands of this popular curving beach, which is blessed with shallow, safe waters and lots of family-friendly amenities. 

Karathona Beach is a horseshoe-shaped strip of golden sand just south of the city of Nafplio. Sunbathe on the sands, swim in the safe waters and soak up the high-spirited vibe at the beachfront cafés and tavernas.

Use the on-site changing facilities to change into your swimsuit before venturing out into the water. The conditions here are generally calm, the waters stay shallow until quite far out and the seabed is mostly sandy, as opposed to rocky, making it particularly well-suited to families.

Rent a deck chair to lay out on and dry off under the sun’s rays. If you’d prefer some shade, pay for the use of a parasol.

Take a stroll along the length of the beach and try to spot examples of local plant species. Palms and eucalyptus can both be seen here. If you want to explore a little further, follow one of the nearby walking paths, which lead to pleasant little churches. Panagitsa, the church visible on the hill above the beach, is perhaps the most striking. Be sure to bring water with you as none is available once you set off on the trails.

Back at the beach, enjoy a refreshing drink or lunch in the handful or so of tavernas and cafés. Note that most of these are only open during summer.

Before leaving the beach, rinse off any residual sand at the shower facilities. Toilets are also found on the beach.

Find Karathona Beach around 3 miles (5 kilometers) south of Nafplio. Driving will take just 10 minutes and there is a large car park at the beach. If you’re feeling energetic, follow the walking path along the coast, accessible via Arvanitia Square. The walk typically takes around 45 minutes and there are plenty of benches along the way for resting. In summer, a bus route connects the beach with Nafplio.

Top Hotels Close to Karathona Beach

Anthemion Suites & Villas
Anthemion Suites & Villas
3 out of 5
101 25th March Street & Ag. Eleftheriou, Nafplio
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Located in the heart of Nafplio, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Gallery Nafplion Annex, Kolokotronis Park, and Port of Nafplio. War Museum ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (51 reviews)

"Lovely hotel, brilliant restaurant and pool area. A great place to stay"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 6, 2020

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Klymeni Traditional Homes
Klymeni Traditional Homes
4 out of 5
Eparchiaki Odos Nafpliou, Frouriou Palamidiou, Nafplio, Argolis
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Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Gallery Nafplion Annex, Kolokotronis Park, and Port of Nafplio. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (88 reviews)
Magnificent view & huge accomodations

"Absolutely beautiful townhouse in an amazing setting nestled among orange and lemon trees! The brothers at the reception were kind and welcoming from beginning to end. The view is magnificent, the location is quiet, and the townhouse was clean, charming, and spacious. The best place to stay in Nafplion, ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 4, 2020

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Ktima Dafnes
Ktima Dafnes
3 out of 5
Parodos Karamanli, Nafplio
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Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Gallery Nafplion Annex and Kolokotronis Park. Port of Nafplio and Arvanitia ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (11 reviews)
Perfect stay

"Great for families. Would go again. Extremely convenient, spacious, clean and friendly. Recommended highly for stays with children. Perfect location. 5 min from city center, 5 min from castle, 5 min from best beach of the area."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 10, 2019

Ktima Dafnes
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Anthemion Suites & Villas
Anthemion Suites & Villas
3 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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3.5 out of 5
Leoforos Karamanli, Nafplio
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Hotel Vasilis
Hotel Vasilis
3 out of 5
Souliou 14, Nafplio, Peloponnese
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Aerinon Guesthouse
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3 out of 5
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Anemos Rooms & Apartments
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Anemos Rooms & Apartments
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