Nauplia fell to Árgos about 625 BCE. It is believed that it was the maritime outlet for Árgos, for the name Nauplia means “naval station”. The town was captured (1210 CE) by the Franks and became, with Árgos, a fief of the duchy of Náxos. Thereafter, it was seized several times by both the Venetians and the Turks. Finally, Greece captured it in 1822 during the War of Greek Independence. Nauplia was the seat of the Greek government from 1829 to 1834.
Just a short drive from Athens and you’re in the romantic and beautiful Nafplio (or Nafplion, Nauplia, and the Modern Greek version which is Návplio) on the Aegean Sea.
The quickest way to get to Nafplio from Athens Airport (Nafplio does not have an airport) is to do the 167.7 km by car. The same trip by bus takes about 3h35m and is the most cost-effective choice of transport.
Either way, it makes for an ideal day trip, or a weekend get-away, from Athens.
Famous for its Byzantine, Frankish, and Venetian castles, fortifications, and spectacular architecture, this ancient city was the first capital of Greece.
The Peloponnese old-town houses with mountainous backdrops make for a panoramic showstopper.
This stunning Greek city is, to my surprise, not so well-known. Thus, some kind of a hidden gem, despite it being a city!
It is absolutely worth your time. Just get here!
Palamidi is a huge, well-maintained, and probably the best castle in Greece and the finest sample of the Venetian fortifications (built in 1714) in Greece.
The castle was built by the Venetians and later occupied by the ottoman empire. It is now a landmark of Nauplio.
Panoramic showstoppers are in almost every corner of Nafplio. Besides the architecture, castles are another source of showstopping landscapes. Like the beautiful landscape of trees, mountains, and the sea through the old rocks of Palamidi fortress.
Look out for the number 999 on restaurant menus and promotions etc… The locals believe that there are 999 steps to the top of the castle. So, they use the number to attract the attention of tourists. However, it is actually just over a thousand steps to reach the top of the castle.
On the same site are also the church and the prison – both worth seeing.
I highly recommend booking tickets for the Nafplio city bus tour. It is simply the best way to identify what interests you, and what does not. It is one thing to read about something, but another to actually see it. Before you disembark from the bus, you get to hear the history of the next sightseeing point. Decide if it’s to your taste and worth the money before you get off the bus. The ticket is valid for a full day, so no rush.
They stop at all the main sightseeing attractions. Having heard about the history from your free earphones, you can decide if you want to hop off, explore, and hop on to the next bus about an hour later. Although in high season, it could be running at 30-minute intervals. It is a golden rule I live by. It works.
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