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Nafplio and the Argolis

Nafplion, Greece

Old Nafplio (or Nafplion) is one of the most beautiful towns in Greece. The former capital of the country may remind visitors of the Plaka in Athens, but it's on the sea. With two mountains crowned by medieval fortresses overlooking the town and the small island fortress called the Bourtzi that once protected the harbor, Nafplio is full of restaurants, shops, cafes, beautiful old buildings,hotels of all catagories and a beach that you can walk to in ten minutes. For people who want to visit an island but don't like boats, Nafplio is a good alternative and just a 2 hour drive from Athens. It is also convenient to the important ancient sites of Myceneae, Epidavros, Nemea, Argos and Corinth. Nafplio has a mild winter (they grow oranges here) and is one of the best places to visit in the off-season.

A Visit to Nafplio

King Othon Hotel, Nafplio
Hotels in Nafplio

Savouras Restaurant, Nafplio
Restaurants and Cafes

Vespas in Nafplio
Getting to Nafplion

Around Nafplio

History of Nafplio

Old Photo Album

Fishermen in Nafplion, Greece
Newer Photos

Day Tour


4 Day Classical Tour
with Nafplion

Nafplion Bourtzi
5 Day Classical Tour
with Nafplion

Impressions of Nafplion Photo Art: Impressionistic photographs of Nafplion by Matt Barrett

Tours of Nafplion and the Argolis
For tours of Nafplion, Myceneae, Epidavros, Nemea, Corinth, Tiryns, Argos and other places in the Argolis and the Peloponnesos with a licensed guide see
Elias Papadopoulos: Tour Guide in Nafplion

Sailboat Charters in Nafplion
Catamaran Cruises and Sailboat Cruises on the calm, serene sea of Nafplio. Private & Semi-private options and special cruises that combine wine and food with sailing and sightseeing.
See Nafplion Sailing Cruises

Rental Cars
You will probably want to have a car in Nafplion because there is so much to see in the area, and since it is only a 2 hour drive from Athens you should probably rent it there. You can rent cars in Athens or Nafplion through
Swift Rent-a-Car and Fantasy Car Rentals

Olive Grove Tour & Tasting!
Sessions run Thursdays to Sundays, April to October

Join us in our olive garden, surrounded by nature, tradition and culture! This is a fun, relaxing and informative tour about olive oil starting with a casual walk across our family olive grove and the olive trees that produce the rare Manaki variety.  We will talk about the olive tree, the olive oil lifecycle, culture, history, myths and legends of olive oil! At the end of our walk, an olive oil tasting awaits you, led by an Olive Oil Sommelier; an experience that will change the way you see olive oil and will introduce you to a new world! 

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Nafplion BookNafplio: Biography of a Greek Town by author Matt Stanley looks at the life of Greece’s first capital from its mythical origins to the present day and the town’s role as one of Greece’s most beautiful and celebrated mainland destinations. Until now, no single-volume story of Nafplio has existed in English, though there are many diffuse online sources looking at various aspects of the town: its architecture, people and monuments. Matt Stanley has researched the book from Greek sources, from a rich photographic and artistic record, from a wealth of primary nineteenth-century written sources and from personal acquaintance with Nafplio as a resident.

The book is intended for a general rather than an academic audience and is a combination of Bill Bryson’s accessible style with elements of Patrick Leigh Fermor’s lyrical appreciation of Greek culture. The author, who is also a novelist, presents the town’s story at novel length (85,000 words) and in thematic chapters (e.g. War, Sea, Pleasures, Heroes) that explore the town’s many facets without feeling like a dry chronology.

Matt Stanley says: “I wanted to create an entertaining biography of Nafplio that brings alive the town’s atmosphere and character. In doing so, I’ve discovered many details and stories that I never knew when I lived there and which will surprise even long-term residents. This is a book for people who want to fully experience the place and its history in an entertaining and thought-provoking way.”

Available wherever you normally buy books.

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