Nafplio Greece. Transfer From/To Nafplio Taxi
Among the most beautiful cities of the Argolic land and of the whole of Greece, the city of Nafplion – the first capital of the newly established Greek state from 1823 to 1834 – was built according to mythology by Nafplion, the son of Poseidon and Danaida Animon.
Its cultural chain starts from prehistoric times, it participated in the Argonaut Campaign and the Trojan War, declined in the Roman years and recovered in the Byzantine; Franks, Venetians and Turks left their marks on the city. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments, statues, Ottoman fountains, Venetian and neoclassical buildings – all charming historical as well as architectural jewels – await the visitor with a majestic welcome.
Starting point of our tour in Anapli, the Old Town with its seductive charm of cobbled narrow streets, bougainvillea in full bloom from balconies, courtyards of elegant neoclassical and well-preserved mansions and Turkish fountains.
In the heart of Nafplion, we are welcomed by the Italian aesthetic Syntagma Square full of monuments and historical buildings. The two Turkish mosques stand out – one, which today functions as a cinema, housed the first Co-educational School while the other housed the First Parliament of the Greeks -, the Archaeological Museum with exhibits of rare value from the Prehistoric and Mycenaean period, the Municipal Gallery. Very close, in the direction of the modern city, is the church of Agios Spyridon, a well-known spot from the assassination of the first governor of Greece Ioannis Kapodistrias, as well as the church of Agios Georgios with important icons and frescoes, such as the copy of the “Last Supper » by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Continuing our tour of places of historical memory, 999 steps lead us to the Castle of Palamidi, which rises its imposing volume 216 meters above the city. Deeply marked by history, the place where the warlord Theodoros Kolokotronis was condemned to death in one of his dark cells, it looks as if even today it protects the city with its bastions baptized with the names of ancient warlords (Themistocles, Achilles, Phocians, Leonidas, Epaminondas, Miltiades ). The historical church of Agios Andreas built on top of the fortress by the Venetian conquerors offers the best view of the entire Argolic sea and the Mycenaean plain.
On the outskirts of Palamidi, crowning the Old Town, stretches the rocky peninsula of Akronaflia, also known by the Turkish name of Its Kale (=inner castle). Inhabited since prehistoric times, it consists topographically of three levels in which a system of three independent castles develops, with the western one being the oldest, where in ancient times the acropolis was located, fortified with a polygonal cyclopean wall.
But the reference point of Nafplio is the much-photographed Bourtzi fortress built on the islet of Agios Theodoros. Previously, during the Venetian period, it was connected to Akronafplia with a huge chain that blocked the entrance to the port, offering protection to the city from enemy ships. In the early 1860s, Bourtzi was a place of residence for the executioners who executed the death row inmates of Palamidi. Visit it with boats leaving – during the summer – in front of the harbor and enjoy, if you’re lucky, one of the many cultural events organized here.
Also worth visiting:
The building of the first Evelpidon School which today houses the War Museum
The houses of the regent Armannsberg and Maurer
The Bavarian Lion relief in the Pronoia area
The award-winning Peloponnesian Folklore Museum
The Children’s Museum
The unique Museum of Koboliou
The City Hall in Navaarchon Square
The statue of Ioannis Kapodistrias in the homonymous square
The park of Theodoros Kolokotronis with his imposing equestrian statue
The restored Land Gate.
A romantic walk at sunset on the “Round of Arvanitia”, the beautiful circular pedestrian street around Akronafplia
The tour of Nafplio with the picturesque roller coasters
Shopping for souvenirs – of course rosaries – from the tourist shops of the Old Town
Food and coffee in Syntagma Square
Drink and “romance” in the harbor with a view of the illuminated Bourtzi.
Beaches: In the summer you will swim at the beach of Arvanitia, Karathona, the beach of Nea Kiou, Mylos and Kiveri. There is also a large organized beach in Tolo, about 15 minutes from the city.