Nafplio - Nafplion - Greece's First Capital
The city of Nafplion was the first capital of the newly liberated Greece in 1821. It is a magical place and the remnants of its oppressors (the Franks, the Venetians and the Ottoman Rule) are evident everywhere adding to its beauty. Now a cosmopolitan town, Nafplion attracts thousands of visitors of all ages every year. Visit some of the following:
Archaeological museum in Syntagma Square
Worry Bead Museum
Historical Monuments & Castles
The Bavarian Lion
Carved into the stone of the mountain side
The Palamidi Castle
Built by the Franks, the Palamidi towers over the city on top of the hill, 999 steps to the top and absolutely stunning views of the surrounding area- accessible also by car.
The Bourtzi Castle
The small island in the middle of the harbour, boat taxis visit during the summer months - one of the most photogaphed castles in Greece.
The piece of land jutting out at the end of the harbour and the castles upon it are called Akronafplia, much of the castles still intact.
Pili Tis Ksiras (Land Entrance)
The gate to the city - the entrance by land as opposed to by sea. The gate has recently been reconstructed.
Karathona & Arvanitia beaches
Karathona is a long, sandy, well organised beach lined with cafeterias and a favourite with tourists (both Greek and foreign) whilst Arvanitia is a cove which services the locals wanting a "quick dip".