The second capital of Modern Greece (Aegina was the first), carrying a long history, Nafplion, was named after the son of god Poseidon, Nafplios. The name means “Warship sailing”.

The city is directly connected with the first governor of Greece, Ioannis Kapodistrias, which was killed in Nafplion in 1831.

Nafplion is constantly inhabited since antiquity and was influenced by the Mycenaean culture.

After the fall of Constantinople and the Ottoman conquest, the city was sold to the Venetians. During the war of Greek Independence in 1821, Nafplion was one of the centers of the war. In Nafplion was issued in 1825, the first paper of the Government Gazette.

The city is amazing. Beautiful, with an elegant sense, carries the millenniums of Greek history.

Nafplion is 33,6 km2 and nowadays has a population of approx. 15.000.

Discover Nafplion

  • Syntagma square in the old town, where you can see Trianon (that was used as a mosque, a catholic church, the first school of Modern Greece, a conservatoire, a theatre, and a cinema) and Vouleftikon (the first Parliament of Modern Greece)
  • The Archeological Museum, in the old town
  • Palamidi, one of the best-preserved castles in Greece with its 999 steps.
  • Bourtzi, a fortress built in 1473 by the Venetians
  • Acronafplia, the Acropolis of antiquity
  • The Lion of the Bavarians, crafted after an order by the father of King Otto, Ludwig.

The beaches

  • Arvanitia, the most famous one
  • Karathonas
  • Psili Ammos
  • Kastraki
  • Plaka
  • Aghios Nikolaos
  • Kantia
  • Kiveri

around Palaia Epidavros where you can see many interesting sights. 

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