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Nafplio
Travel Guide

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.

The Grove Seaside Hotel
The Grove Seaside Hotel
4 out of 5
Drepanon, Nafplio, Peloponnese
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Located in Nafplio, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Plaka Beach, and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Tolo Beach. Asini Beach and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (94 reviews)

"Nice little hotel with clean rooms and good beds/mattresses. Nice staff, decent beach, good quality/price rapport. The only negative is the breakfast which is very poor, and except for the fresh orange juice , nothing is of good quality. But overall, it was a good experience and we will go back surely. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 28, 2020

The Grove Seaside Hotel
Villa ''Jocasta'' in Silence Days Villas.
Villa ''Jocasta'' in Silence Days Villas.
Nafplio, Peloponnese
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Situated in a rural location, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaka Beach and Tolo Beach. Asini Beach and Ancient Asine are also within 15 minutes.

4.2/5Very Good! (10 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.
Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas
Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas
5 out of 5
Akronafplia, Nafplio, Peloponnese
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Located in the heart of Nafplio, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Acronafplia, Frankoklisia Catholic Church, and Church of Agios Spyridonas. Komboloi ...

4.2/5Very Good! (133 reviews)

"We chose this hotel for the last 2 nights of our stay in Greece to be the "star" of our trip - the photos of the pool really caught my eye but in reality the large pool was a strange turquoise and I never saw them clean it - so I was not keen to go in (and I swim everywhere!) and there was a lot ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2019

Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas
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Villa ''Jocasta'' in Silence Days Villas.
Villa ''Jocasta'' in Silence Days Villas.
Nafplio, Peloponnese

Situated in a rural location, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaka Beach and Tolo Beach. Asini Beach and Ancient Asine are also within 15 minutes.

4.2/5Very Good! (10 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.
Nelly's Apartments
Nelly's Apartments
3 out of 5
29 Bouboulinas Street, Tolo, Nafplio, Peloponnese
The price is CA $71 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Nestled on the beach, this Nafplio aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Psili Ammos beach and Tolo Beach. Kókkinos Vráchos and Asini Beach are also within 1 mi ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Wonderful stay

"Perfect place to relax and enjoy the view and feel. Super clean. Kitchen was awesome. My friend and I were able to cook a simple breakfast and sit at the balcony. Since it’s nearing winter, not a lot of people were on the beach and the nearby restaurants were kinda gloomy...nonetheless, we had an ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 1, 2019

Nelly's Apartments
Anesis Residence - Near Plaka Beach
Anesis Residence - Near Plaka Beach
3 out of 5
Plaka Street - Drepano, Nafplio, Peloponnese

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Ancient Asine and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Tolo Beach. Port of Nafplio and Arvanitia Beach ...

Anesis Residence - Near Plaka Beach
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