Travel guide

Nafplio


General info

Welcome to Nafplio…

Nafplio is the capital of the Prefecture of Argolis (Argolida) and one of the most important ports of the eastern Peloponnese. It is located just 145 kilometers away from Athens, a fact which has made it a very attractive tourist destination. Nowadays, it has about 14.000 residents and is considered to be of the most picturesque cities of the country of Greece. Nafplio is, among others, famous for “Bourtzi” – a small fortress built on a islet in the harbor – for “Palamidi” – a Venetian fortress which towers above the town- for “Acronafplia”, as well as for the place where Ioannis Kapodistrias was murdered. According to legends, the town received its name from the founder of ancient “Nafplia”. The first capital of Greece, Nafplio, is the number one priority of travelers who love history, nature, sea, sightseeing to archaeological sites and monuments.


In the past…

According to surveys, the ancient city of Nafplio had been built on the hill of “Acronafplia” from the end of the 3rd millennium BC. Around 300 BC the town was surrounded with walls. Its prosperity, however, lasted only until the Roman era, when nearly all its residents fled.
In 270 AD the town seemed to develop again. This upward trend was, though, accelerated during the Byzantine era. In 1180 the Byzantine Emperor “Manuel Comnenus” appointed “Sgouros” as the ruler of Nafplio. In 1210, Geoffrey Vilardouinos conquered the town, except for one district known as "romeiko." After alternate feudal rulers, Nafplio came under Venetian rule (1388). From 1460 onwards many Greeks went to Nafplio and the town’s size quadrupled. In 1686 the Venetians conquered Nafplio and then built the fortress of Palamidi. During the Venetian domination, Nafplio became the most beautiful town of the Venetian possession in Greece and took the name "Napoli de Romagna" ("Naples of Greece "). However, in 1714 the city was conquered by the Ottomans. After the outbreak of the Revolution on April 4, 1821, the Greeks besieged the city but without success. On November 30, 1821 the Greeks occupied Palamidi and later all the other fortresses.The government of Kapodistrias was established in Nafplio after its release in 1828. From then on, Nafplio became the capital of the newly established Greek state.


Nowadays…

Modern Nafplio combines a set of images that enchant visitors. Modern and traditional, cosmopolitan and romantic at the same time, Nafplio is a destination for all seasons …whoever has visited it once is sure to come back again... With its growing tourism industry and infrastructure, hundreds of thousands of visitors visit Nafplio each year. Nafplio is of the most beautiful cities of Greece with rich history and many attractions, there is no doubt about it. The old medieval and neoclassic town, its tiled alleys, wooden balconies, the hundreds of bougainvillea flowers that overflow courtyards, the fountains, the ancient springs, the historic Syntagma Square as well as the Cafes will surely leave an unforgettable impression on every visitor.

Sight seeing

If you happen to come by or stay in this beautiful city, then
you can visit:

 

• the fortress of “Palamidi” in Nafplio, which was built in 1687 by the Venetians (inside the fortress, there is the historic church of St. Andrew, built by the Venetian)

 

• “Bourtzi” or "Castelli", a small fortified islet at the entrance of the bay of Nafplio (you can visit it by boat from the port of Nafplio)

 

• the “Syntagma Square” in the center of Nafplio, which is surrounded by historic buildings like the old Parliament, the palace of Kapodistrias, the house of “Theodoros Kolokotronis”, the church of St. George and the Venetian building of Armeria

 

• “Acronafplia”, which was the ancient citadel of Nafplio

 

• the old town of Nafplion, with its narrow alleys and traditional houses. It will take you back to another era

 

• the Beach of “Karathonas” which is behind the Rock of Palamidi, 4 km away from Nafplio

 

• the Beach of “Arvanitia”, one of the most popular beaches of Nafplio

 

• the Archaeological Museum of Nafplio, which is located in Syntagma Square, housed in a three-storey traditional stone-built building

 

• Nafplio's war museum, which is housed in an impressive building, which "Kapodistrias" had chosen so as to host the Army Cadet Academy in 1828. It features weaponry of various periods and the bust of Kapodistrias

 

• Nafplio’s Folklore Museum, which is one of the best of its kind, with over 25,000 exhibits including rare collections of costumes, embroidery, weaving, traditional dishes and a rich library

How to go

By Car:


Nafplio is located 138 km away from Athens. After you have entered the Attica Road, follow the highway of Athens-Corinth (for about 80 km, approx. 40-50 minutes). After you have left behind Corinth, continue your journey following the national of Athens - Tripoli (paying attention to the road signs to Tripoli). After approx. 35 km take the exit to Nafplio- Argos (following the road signs) and continue your journey until you reach your destination.

 

Total travel time : 100 - 120 minutes

 

By Bus:


There are daily itineraries from Athens to Nafplio. The departure point is at the main bus station of Athens. (KTEL Busses Kifisos - Kifissou 100, on the national road of Athens).

 

For more information please call:

KTEL Busses Athens :  ☎ (+30) 210 5134588

KTEL Busses Nafplio :  ☎ (+30) 27520 27323

 

By Train:

For more information and itineraries, please visit the following websites:

www.proastiakos.gr  and  www.ose.gr

Useful telephones


Police Station Nafplio : ☎  (+30) 27520 28131


Taxi Station Nafplio : ☎  (+30) 27520 24120


Hospital/Health Center Nafplio :  ☎ (+30) 27520 27309


Drugstores Nafplio :  ☎ (+30) 27520 - 27890 , 26102, 28249


Post office Nafplio :  ☎ (+30) 27520 24230


Agrotiki Bank Nafplio :  ☎ (+30) 27520 22050


National Bank Nafplio :  ☎ (+30) 27520 23655


Emporiki Bank Nafplio :  ☎ (+30) 27520 70200


Piraeus Bank Nafplio :  ☎ (+30) 27520 47010


Eurobank Nafplio :  ☎ (+30) 27520 26430


Alpha Bank Nafplio :  ☎ (+30) 27520 26690


Citizen Service Centre (KEP) Nafplio :  ☎ (+30) 27520 96145


Municipality Offices Nafplio :  ☎ (+30) 27520 23332


Fire Department Nafplio :  ☎ (+30) 27520 27222


Nafplio’s War Museum :  ☎ (+30) 27520 25591


The Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation :  ☎ (+30) 27520 28379


Nafplio’s Archaeological Museum :  ☎ (+30) 27520 27502


Municipal Picture Gallery of Nafplio :  ☎ (+30) 27520 26461


Holy Cathedral of Nafplio :  ☎ (+30) 27520 27328


Public Library of Nafplio :  ☎ (+30) 27520 27256

Distances

From the city of Nafplio to:

 

Athens

137 km

Thessaloniki

628 km

Piraeus

134 km

Larisa

479 km 

Volos

452 km 

Ioannina

392 km 

Zakynthos

272 km 

Pylos

173 km 

Kalamata

134 km

Nafplio

0 km 

Patras

183 km 

Sparti

111 km 

Corinth

59 km 

Igoumenitsa

458 km

Pyrgos

193 km