Nafplion Travel Guide

Nafplion

Nafplion © Pug Girl

Overview Nafplion's streets pass bright flowers and look up at wooden balconies, with lively cafes encouraging a natural break during joyful wandering. Indeed, the town's charm and relaxed atmosphere more than make up for its lack of classical ruins. Fascinating mosques and churches add to the mood.

Shopping The old part of town has some delightful shops, with items ranging from touristic kitsch to elevated art. Visitors will enjoy searching the area for souvenirs. Otherwise, Nafplion has several decent malls and grocery stores for self-caterers. Visitors can also try the town's markets for local crafts and produce.

Restaurants Visitors can expect to find traditional Greek dishes at establishments along the bustling harbour, or in the grand Venetian-style square called Plateia Syntagmatos. Other options include fast food and a variety of international cuisines.

Nightlife Nafplion has a vibrant nightlife. Some of its best establishments reside in the harbour area or perch dramatically on the cliffs. Also, the town's scene is fairly broad, meaning visitors can choose between partying and relaxing over sundowners or romantic meals.

Activities Visitors can enjoy art galleries and interesting museums dedicated to archaeology, folklore, Komboloi (worry beads), and even Ouzo. Otherwise, they can hike up to the Venetian Fortress of Palamidi and enjoy the view, or relax at beaches, waterfront tavernas and open-air cinemas. Nafplion is also a comfortable base from which to explore the Peloponnese' remarkable archaeological sites. These include the ancient Greek theatre of Epidaurus, and Sparta's ruins. Athens is less than two hours' drive away.

Negatives Although it has been described as a prettier, cleaner and quainter version of Athens, things can get fairly chaotic in Nafplion during the summer months, particularly as it's a very popular weekend excursion for the Athenians themselves.

Attractions


Epidaurus

Epidaurus

A definite must on a tour of the Peloponnese is the famed ancient theatre of Epidaurus, built in the 3rd century BC and so well preserved that with little or no restoration it is still in use today for regular summer dramatic performances,...  see full details



Ancient Spartan Theatre

Sparta

Made popular again by the 2006 film 300, the ancient city of Sparta sits in the middle of the Plains of Laconia in the Peloponnese, which is one of the most historic regions in the world. Sparta emerged as a political entity around...  see full details



Ancient Corinth

Ancient Corinth

Ancient Corinth is rests around the base of Acrocorinth. Originally a Greek acropolis, this lofty fortress hill has been a Roman citadel, a Byzantine castle and more over the course of its history. Most of the city's surviving buildings are Roman, though. Caesar built them...  see full details



Mycenae

Mycenae

This ancient site, 31 miles (50km) south of Corinth, bears the remains of the ancient palace and citadel of Mycenae, a place of archaeological controversy but fascinating for the lay visitor. Homer's fabulous story has it that the kingdom of Mycenae was dripping in...  see full details