Nafplio is a must weekend destination for Greeks all year round. However, its lovely beaches and heavenly sea-sides make it a great place for summer holidays, too.
Nafplio is a romantic timeless city which offers a medieval atmosphere. It is one of the most beautiful waterfront towns in mainland Greece, located in the eastern Peloponnese. Only 2h driving from Athens and close to most interesting archeological sites such as Mycenae and Epidaurus; perfect base to explore history.
Prepare yourself to time travel to the past! Narrow paved streets, impressive historic buildings, elegant mansions, big squares, traditional neighborhoods linked with long stairs, delicious restaurants, relaxing walks and stunning sunsets will capture your heart forever. Once you visit Nafplio, you will fall in love with it.
Reasons to visit:
1. Nafplio is a quick getaway from Athens. If you need an escape, this is exactly what you need!
2. An ideal destination for history experts. It is the perfect base to explore many archeological sites. Mycenae, Epidaurus, Tyrins, Ancient Corinth are all a close dive to the city.
3. Excellent choice for summer holidays. Arvanitia, Karathona, Tolo, Kandia, Iria, Kondili, Kiveri and lots of nearby beaches make Nafplio the ideal summer destination.
4. An idyllic destination for romantic escapes. The magical landscape makes Nafplio one of the most romantic towns in Greece. Lots of couples decide to get married here and exchange vows of eternal love. We can make your dream wedding come true…
The fort on the sea, which has remained known by its Turkish name ‘Bourtzi’, meaning tower, has become Nauplion’s trademark. On this small island, which is in the middle of the city’s harbour, there was once a Byzantine church consecrated to Aghios Theodoros.
The Venetians, having understood the strategic importance of this site for the protection of the port, built a tower on the rock in 1473. The Italian architect, Antonio Gambello, who had undertaken the building of the Castello di Toro, designed the fort, which was then completed by the engineer Brancaleone.
The fort was designed to fit the narrow shape of the island. The centre is taken up by a tower, in the shape of a rough hexagon, with covered cannon positions on either side at a lower level. The interior of the castle has three floors which were connected by moveable stairs for reasons of safety. Water was supplied from a large circular water tank that was located in the cellar, under the tower.
There were entrances to the north and south. A small harbour was created on the north-eastern side to enable safer access to the fort. Between the fort and the sea wall there was a narrow passage, which could be closed with a chain to protect the port from enemy ships. The fort bears the signs of many alterations and repairs from different times.
The fort of the Palamidi, which has been preserved in excellent condition, is one of the greatest achievements of Venetian fortification architecture. The hill of Palamidi, which takes its name from the Homeric hero Palamidis, does not seem to have been systematically fortified until the second Venetian occupation.
The construction of the fort was basically carried out during the time of Venetian General Superintendent of the Fleet, Agostino Sagredo, from 1711 to 1714, marking the fort not only as a major feat in terms of its fortifications, but also in terms of the speed with which it was constructed.
The engineers Giaxich and Lasalle designed a fort that was based on a system of mutually supporting and mutually defending bastions, which are built one above the other on a east-west axis, and are connected to each other by a wall. The total of eight bastions are self contained so that if one of them was breached, the rest could continue their defence.
The central bastion of Aghios Andreas was the main headquarters and was the best equipped. The chapel of Aghios Andreas is located here. It was originally consecrated to St Gerardo, the patron saint of the Sagredo family. It should be noted that the names of the bastions changed according to the occupants of the fort.
THE LAND GATE
The Land Gate was built in 1708, by the French engineer, and succeeded the earlier gate dating from the first Venetian occupation. It was the only entrance to the city by land and, in fact, the gate would be closed at sunset.
The rocky peninsular of the Acronauplia comprised the walled settlement of Nauplion from ancient times until the end of the 15th century.The Acronauplia walls bear witness to its rich history, which it must be confessed, is a little difficult to follow, due to its long uninterrupted inhabitation.
THE CLOCK TOWER
You we will see it in front of you, going up the road that passes through the Akronafplia fortress. Here is where you can rest and admire the grandeur and beauty of the old city, which lies at your feet.
THE LION OF BAVARIA
In Michael Iatrou Street between the church of Aghii Pandes and the modern graveyard, the visitor will find an exceptional sculptured monument, one of the most important of 19th century Greece; known as the lion of Bavaria, which dates from 1840 -1841.
The building which is known today as the ‘Trianon’, from the name of the cinema which was housed here, is of special interest, as much for its architectural design as for its history.
THE PARLIAMENT BUILDING
The Parliament building, which is located in the south-west sector of Syntagma Square, holds a special place in Greek history, as it was here that the parliament of the rebellious Greeks met.