9 must-do things in Nafplio

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Visit Nafplio: what are the best things to do and see in this pretty city, nicknamed « the city of love » by the Greeks?

Located less than 140 kilometers fromAthens, in the Peloponnese region, Nafplio is a real gem to discover. Let yourself be enchanted by this seaside resort, which is also one of the region’s most popular tourist destinations.

Its superb citadels, enchanting old town, picturesque little port and sublime bay are sure to charm you. A visit to Nafplio is the promise of a delightful vacation of discovery.

The city of love is waiting for you! So you’re wondering what to do in Nafplio? We’ll tell you all about it here!

1. Palamedes citadel

La citadelle de Palamède - visiter Nauplie

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Also known as Fort Palamede, this iconic sight in Nafplio is perched 216 meters above the Bay of Nafplio. Built around the 17th century by the Venetians, it consists of a thick wall linking 8 bastions and several watchtowers.

But you’ve got to earn a visit! From Arvanitia Square in the old town, you’ll have to climb almost 1,000 steps to get there! But don’t panic, the fort is also accessible by car.

2. The old town

La vieille ville

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With its Venetian air, the old town is a must-see in Nafplio. Don’t hesitate to lose yourself in its small, cobbled, shady and colorful streets. It’s easy to do, as the alleys are packed with a variety of stores, lively bars and delicious restaurants. Especially around rue Staikopoulo.

Along the way, you’ll come across the sublime Vouleftiko Mosque, the incredibly gildedPanagia Orthodox Church, theAgiou Spiridonos Church and theChurch of the Franks, a former mosque.

3. The seafront promenade

La promenade du bord de mer - visiter Nauplie

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If you’re visiting Nafplio, take the time to stroll along the delightful seafront promenade. It’s always lively, thanks to the many bars and restaurants that line it.

Choose one and take a refreshing or gourmet break. You’ll have a magnificent view of the bay, facing the islet of Boudzi.

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4. Syntagma Square

La Place Syntagma

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You can’t visit Nafplio without passing through the city’s main square: Syntagma Square. Also known as Constitution Square, it is located in the city’s historic center. It’s the nerve center of Nafplio.

From here, you can access the city’s main points of interest. But the real charm comes in the early evening, when the entertainment is in full swing!

5. Museums

Les musées

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The archaeological museum

It couldn’t be any other way! After all, you’re in Greece… and Greece means archaeology. In this small town museum, you’ll be able to observe ancient remains, some dating back to the 15th century BC.

The Army Museum

Housed in a magnificent stone building, the War Museum displays a collection of paintings, uniforms, sketches, assorted weapons and photographs tracing Greece’s role in various battles.

The Komboloi Museum

The « komboloi » is a traditional Greek necklace known as a rosary. It is, however, devoid of any religious connotations. A small museum is dedicated to this accessory, with a store section. A great idea for a souvenir to pack in your suitcase when visiting Nafplio.

6. The Port of Nafplio

Le Port de Nauplie

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Assez petit et calme, le Port de Nauplie est un lieu apaisant, pittoresque, idéal pour admirer le soleil se coucher derrière les montagnes du Péloponnèse.

7. Bourdzi block

L’îlot Bourdzi - visiter Nauplie

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Another must-see in Nafplio is the small islet of Bourdzi, located just opposite the city. It’s actually a stone sentinel, built by the Venetians in 1473, with the primary aim of protecting the port.

Today, it hosts temporary exhibitions and music festivals. You can reach this small island by shuttle bus every day from the Mialous quay.

8. Acronauplie


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This fortress is located on a rocky peninsula in the city. It’s much less well preserved than Fort Palamede, but it’s still a must-see if you’re visiting Nafplio. Especially for the view!

Accessible from the center of Nafplio by car or on foot, the Acronauplie overlooks the old town. As such, it offers an absolutely incredible panorama of the city and the Argolid Gulf.

9. The beaches

Les plages - visiter Nauplie

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If you’re looking for pretty beaches to bask on, you’ll have to travel a little further from Nafplio. Nearby, you’ll find 2 famous beaches: Arvanitia beach and Karathona beach.

Very busy in high season, we recommend you take the coastal paths to find the small, isolated coves that are much more charming.

10. Around Nafplio

If you’re visiting Nafplio, don’t miss out on some of the sites in the surrounding area either. There are many wonderful places to visit within an hour’s drive.

The theater of Epidaurus

Le théâtre d’Épidaure - visiter Nauplie

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Located 30 minutes from Nafplio, it is one of the best-preserved ancient theaters in Greece, with an exceptional panoramic view.

The archaeological site of Tirynthe

Less than 5 minutes from Nafplio, it boasts perfectly preserved remains of the Mycenaean civilization.

The archaeological site of Mycenae

Le site archéologique de Mycènes

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Discover the imposing ruins of one of the greatest cities of Mycenaean civilization, just 30 minutes from Nafplio.

How to get to Nafplio

Want to visit Nafplio and wondering how to get there? We’ll tell you all about it here!

To visit Nafplio, you first need to fly to Athens. Use a flight comparator like Skyscanner to find the best price for your departure dates.

Nafplio is about 140 kilometers from Athens. From the capital, there are several options:

  • Bus: from the Athens bus station, you’ll find buses to Nafplio leaving every 1h30 to 1h. The journey takes around 2 hours and costs around €15 each way;
  • by car: easily accessible by car, the journey from Athens takes around 1h45. Renting a car allows you to visit the city and its surroundings with ease.

Where to stay in Nafplio

If you choose to visit Nafplio, you’ll find several types of accommodation to choose from, depending on your requirements and budget. We recommend that you use a hotel comparator to help you in your search. You’ll find the cheapest rates, depending on your departure dates. From youth hostels to luxury hotels, there’s something to suit every taste and budget.

If you prefer the privacy of a house or apartment, an Airbnb is sure to appeal.

Now that you know what to do in Nafplio, book your tickets now!

Map of hotels and accommodation – Peloponnese