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NafplioGreece

Become an amateur archaeologist in this multilayered seaside city, which features Turkish mosques, Venetian palaces, Greek acropolises and Mycenaean ruins.

Due to a long history of passing from one ruling civilization to another, Nafplio is a city of beautiful and diverse ruins. Walk among the remains of a Mycenaean acropolis, take a boat to a tiny, island-bound Venetian Castle of Bourtzi and learn the regional history in local museums.

Nafplio rests in the shadow of a rocky peninsula and a hill south of town rising 709 feet (216 meters). Explore both to see the remains of palaces from two different civilizations. Climb up the 999 steps to the top of the hill to explore the Fortress of Palamidi, built by Venetians in the 1700s. Head down the hill and out onto the peninsula, where you will find the ruins of a grand Greek acropolis called the Acronafplia.

From the peninsula, you will have a clear view of the Castle of Bourtzi, which stands on a small island to the north. Take a boat to the island to explore the castle.

Additional ruins can be found a few miles north of town, where the Mycenaean metropolis of Ancient Tiryns once stood. Tour the well-preserved ruins of the Acropolis, which was built around 1600 B.C.

Many of the artifacts found at the Tiryns dig site can be viewed in the Nafplio Archaeological Museum, which stands within a stately 1713 Venetian building. Learn about the development of the Argolis area from prehistoric times through Late Antiquity. Find more artifacts at the Komboloi Museum, which exhibits a collection of noisemaking bead bracelets popular in Greek culture.

To enjoy some time relaxing, drive 5.6 miles (9 kilometers) south to Tolo Beach. Since it is surrounded by resort hotels, the large beach can be crowded, so visit early in the day.

Arrive in Greece through the international airport in Athens, and then drive 104 miles (170 kilometers) southwest to reach Nafplio. The city center is compact, so you can generally get around on foot. However, with so many archaeological sites scattered around the area, you may want to rent a car to explore.

Top Hotels in Nafplio

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Villa ''Jocasta'' in Silence Days Villas.
Villa ''Jocasta'' in Silence Days Villas.

Situated in a rural location, this villa is within a 10-minute walk of Plaka Beach and Asini Beach. Ancient Asine and Kókkinos Vráchos are also within 1 mile ...

4.3/5Excellent! (9 reviews)
Delightful!

"We really enjoyed this peaceful place just a short walk from the beach (which was pretty empty in August) and a lovely taverna. The gardens are beautifully kept and Thanos is an excellent host. The kitchen could do with a little more equipment but the terrace is a great place to sit and have a BBQ. ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 26, 2018

Villa ''Jocasta'' in Silence Days Villas.
Kandia's Castle Hotel Resort & Thalasso
Kandia's Castle Hotel Resort & Thalasso
5 out of 5

Located in Nafplio, this beachfront resort is connected to the convention centre and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kondyli Beach, Plaka Beach and Tolo Beach. Arvanitia ...

4/5Very Good! (28 reviews)

"Very beautiful and clean place . Thr stuff was very kind"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 28, 2019

Kandia's Castle Hotel Resort & Thalasso
Panorama Hotel and Apartments
Panorama Hotel and Apartments
3 out of 5
The price is CA $80 per night

This family-friendly Nafplio aparthotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Tolo Beach, Plaka Beach and Ancient Asine. Kondyli Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (146 reviews)

"Qualité prix tee honnête owner very helpful amazing view"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2019

Panorama Hotel and Apartments

Popular places to visit in Nafplio

Fortress of Palamidi
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Fortress of Palamidi

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Admire the well-preserved fortifications of this Venetian fortress and then enjoy spectacular views of the wild beauty of Nafplio’s coastline.

Arvanitia Beach
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Arvanitia Beach

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Relax on this small beach, take an invigorating swim in the warm water of the Argolic Gulf and enjoy picturesque coastal walks.

Castle of Bourtzi
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Castle of Bourtzi

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Enjoy a short boat ride to this offshore Venetian castle, which affords superb views back to Nafplio and is the host of live music events. 

Acronafplia
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Acronafplia

5/5(1 review)

Wander the ruins of this ancient fortress to enjoy unrivaled views of Nafplio’s historic Old Town and the northern bay of the Argolic Gulf.

Constitution Square
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Constitution Square

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Visit the social heart of Nafplio to admire a legacy of neoclassical architecture, visit an archaeology museum and people-watch from a café patio.

Komboloi Museum
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Komboloi Museum

5/5(1 review)

This quirky museum is devoted to worry beads, a popular souvenir item in Nafplio, and displays examples made from amber, coral and bone. 

Top things to do in Nafplio

Private Day Trip to Peloponnese by Taxi
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Private Day Trip to Peloponnese by Taxi

100% of travellers recommend
CA $711
Per adult
Sea Kayak in Nafplio & Tolo
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Sea Kayak in Nafplio & Tolo

100% of travellers recommend
CA $107
Per adult
Wine Tour of the Vineyards of Nemea
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Wine Tour of the Vineyards of Nemea

100% of travellers recommend
CA $214
Per adult
Epidaurus, Nafplio, and Mycenae Private Day Trip from Athens
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Epidaurus, Nafplio, and Mycenae Private Day Trip from Athens

CA $726
Per adult
Small-Group Greek Cuisine Cooking Class
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Small-Group Greek Cuisine Cooking Class

CA $229
Per adult
Private Tour Of Mycenae, Nafplio, Epidaurus & Isthmus Canal
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Private Tour Of Mycenae, Nafplio, Epidaurus & Isthmus Canal

100% of travellers recommend
CA $644
Per adult

Reviews of Nafplio

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Verified traveller

Oct 18, 2019

Great place to visit and explore. Very friendly ppl all around.

5/5 - Excellent

Michel

Sep 11, 2018

Lots of history. Plenty of excellent restaurants and boutiques.

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