The ancient town of Nafplion is undoubtedly one of the most attractive on mainland Greece. The Peloponnese region is brimming with natural beauty, stunning architecture and relics from the ancient world, and Napflion is the diamond in its crown. The town is built on a hill, just behind the seafront with its panoramic views across the Argolic Gulf, and nestled in the shadow of the towering Palamidi fortress. Nafplion holidays are rich in culture.
As the first capital of Greece after the country’s war of independence between 1823 and 1834, and having been an important port since classical times, the higgledy-piggledy streets are laden with a colourful assortment of Venetian, Byzantine and French buildings to admire. And beyond the town, the forests and mountains await. So whether you want to go hiking, sip a coffee in the Venetian square or paddle in crystalline water, holidays to Nafplion will have you covered.
Hang out at the beach
There are lots of beaches to choose from in Nafplion, including long sandy Neraki and tourist favourite Karathona. For something quieter, head to Kastraki Beach.
Visit a museum
Nafplion’s rich history means it’s home to some fascinating museums. The Archaeological Museum, housed in an original Venetian building, houses relics dating back to the Palaeolithic Era.
Go for a walk
Nafplion is an excellent destination for walking enthusiasts. You can stroll around the Old Town’s hidden squares and Venetian mansions, or hike through the mountains and go eagle spotting.