Dubbed as Greece’s most pretty and romantic town, Napflio is a small town that can be found on the Saronic Gulf. The town served as the capital of Greece in the years 1823-1834 and boasts breath-taking ottoman structures coupled with Venetian architecture. The town is found in a waterside location just beneath the Palmidi fortress and offers one of the most romantic views embedded in its spectacular museums, attractive narrow streets, luxury guesthouses and hotels, posh boutiques, and a variety of Tavernas. Being a popular destination for Athenians, expect it to fill up on the weekend and can be overcrowded during the high season.
(Nafplio’s Narrow Streets)
The town is only a two-hour drive from Athens using the Peloponnese peninsula. You will love being here, and you can relinquish your evenings as you relax in the central square as you enjoy a glass of wine or watch the sun set on the mountains, painting the whole bay red. It is such a spectacular view.
Top activities to do in Napflio
- Swim in the magnificent beaches
Napflio is home to one of the best beaches you will find across Greece. Enjoy a feel of the sandy beaches on your feet before diving into the blue waters of the Aegean sea for a refreshing break during your trip. When at the Palamidi Castle, take a walk south to the Karathona Beach, which offers a mesmerizing sight, dotted with traditional taverns and cafes along the cleanest waters you will ever come across.
- Enjoy the town’s history
(Archeological Museum of Nafplio)
The town is home to some noteworthy museums that offer great insight into its history and culture. One such example is the Archaeological Museum of Napflio, which displays key artefacts drawn from the Mycenaean and Prehistoric Era. You can also visit the War Museum, which sits at a site used by Greece’s first military school or the Kombolio Museum, which has an extensive display of worry beads produced in the town.
- Climb the Palamidi Castle
Palamidi Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Greece. It was built by the Venetians in 1686 and stands at a whopping 216 meters above sea level. The 999 steps climb is filled with stunning panoramic views from the baroque-style archways. The castle is still in an excellent condition and one of the greatest achievements of the Venetian architecture.
- A boat ride to Bourtzi Fortress
(The Bourtzi Fortress)
Located on the islet of Agioi Theodoroi, is another Venetian Fortress known as Bourtzi. The fortress once served as a residence for the Palamidi prison executioners and as a hotel from 1930 to 1970. Today, the fortress acts as a tourist attraction and a host to Nafplio music festivals. Trips to and from the islet are made by boat.
What to eat
Nafplio is the home to yummy and delicious food all year round with Tavernas and restaurants that provide the perfect settings required to enjoy Mediterranean influenced dishes or a classic Greek gastronomical experience.
- “Skioufichta” macaroni
This Greek classic is a mash-up of Papoutsakia (Roasted eggplant topped with béchamel and minced meat) and Kokkinisto (Fried with beef served in tomato sauce). The beef in tomato sauce is very delicious, and you will want to have your meal with less cheese and crème.
This is a popular Greek salad made from pickled carrot and cabbage. It is often served with a pinch of buts, dried cranberries and vinegar to give you an excellent taste.
- Grilled octopus
(Greek-style grilled octopus)
A visit to the Saronic Gulf is not complete without a seafood feast. To start you off pop in one of the restaurants and delight your taste buds with the grilled octopus. The meal is a superb combination of a tender octopus served with a small salad of the side. Rice or vegetables with serve as the excellent accompaniment and do not be afraid to squeeze the lemon for that extra taste.
Enjoy your evening with a number of popular cocktails across Nafplio. Visit the 3Sixty hotel and restaurant located in the old town for a wide selection of Greek-inspired cocktails. Enjoy cocktails made from local greek alcoholic drinks such as the tsipouro based ‘mavros gatos’ cocktail.
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