Nafplio is a seaside town in north Peloponnese, known for its preserved fortresses and beautiful old town with Venetian architecture. Bourtzi, the small fortress-island in the middle of Nafplio port is the recognized symbol of the town.

In the past Nafplio was conquered by the Venetians and Franks who built the main three fortresses of the town - Acronafplia, the oldest castle above the old town, Bourtzi and Palamidi - the highest and largest castle on the top of Palamidi hill. The conquerors`s presence can be felt not only in the strongholds, but in the old town as well - the buildings remind of Corfu, Syros and other towns where the Venetian style architecture is still dominating. The old part of the town is around the port and has a central square called Plateia Syntagmatos and many small narrow streets full of flowers, shops and tavernas. The cafes are positioned along the promenade, with view of Bourtzi. In Nafplio one can find very nice hand-made souvenirs.

Next to the port there is a large municipal parking at the bus station and two smaller ones. The center of the old town is closed for cars. From the port a road train departs on a regular basis, touring around Nafplio and going up to Palamidi castle. There are also organized boat trips to the Saronic islands and Monemvasia.

The town itself has no beach except for a tiny pebbled beach below Palamidi but there are a couple of beaches not more than 10 km from the town - Karathona and Tolo to the south, and Nea Kios and Mili to the west.

highlights: old town with preserved fortresses and Venetian architecture, town in Argolis Region, Peloponnese, Greece

Photos from Nafplio
View to Akronafplia castlethe road train on its way to Palamidi fortressview to Palamidi and the village schoolview to Palamidi fortress from the school yardpeople walking the narrow streetsthe tables of a seafront taverna near Agios Nikolaos churchAghios Nikolaos church near the portboat returns to the harbor from Bourtzi island castleboats moored at the harborview to Palamidi fortress from the harbor pierscloser view of Palamidi fortress from the harbor piersfishing boats at the harbor pier near Bourtzi island fortressview of the harbor pier and Bourtzi fortress from the bastion at sunsetthe Venetian Warehouse of the Fleet at Syndagma Squaretourists and shops at The Megalos Dromos (Great Road) streetflowers and lanterns over Megalos Dromos streetsouvenir stand in front of art shop at Megalos Dromos streetThe lively Plateia Syntagmatos in the eveningStreet with fast food optionsSouvenirs at a shop window displayCyclades style house - souvenirBourtzi castle at nightIlluminated private housesIlluminated Palamidi castleThe lights of Palamidi castle at nightLate dinners at the tavernasStreet in the old townTaverna in a side streetPicturesque tavernaTaverna under the flowersA street of colorsMegalos Dromos streetMegalos Dromos street in a cloudy dayShop with traditional productsScooter fan club gatheringIn front of an art shopPalamidi castle seen form the old townA square next to the portStreet along the portThe promenadeTavernas at the promenadeFresh fish displayed for lunchBalcony of a houses opposite the portCafes at the promenadePalamidi castle - closer viewNafplioNafplioNafplioNafplioPrivate balconyIn the evening
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