Nafplio’s tourism boom shows no signs of slowing. The city hosts thousands of international tourists every year.
For anyone planning to visit Nafplio, here are some things we know as locals that can support you make your vacation great!
1.Old city is the centre of life in the Nafplio
Head to the old city downtown, the original heart of the city, which is full of very nice pedestrians areas, restaurants, retail shops and cafes. You will be lost in the old city’s incredible design and the huge range of colors that the flowers create everywhere – worth your time to walk around the small pedestrians paths from the one side of the old town to the port.
2. The food is great
One of the benefits of having such a big tourism season is a wealth of dinner choices. You will be able to choose between Greek (traditional & modern), Italian and Chinese cuisine.
And it’s not only about the city’s restaurants. Close to Nafplio there are many small villages and at almost everyone there are one or two Greek taverns where you can enjoy the original Greek cuisine.
3. You will enjoy swimming in many different beaches
Nafplio is located at the Argolis Gulf so the area is full of beaches. Arvanitia is the only beach inside the city, almost 800m away from the downtown, and within a 4Km distance you will find Karathona beach.
These two are also the most visited from people who choose Nafplio for their summer vacation. Outside the city driving to the South East, you will have many choices (Tolo beach, Kastraki Beach, Plaka beach, Vivari beach, Kondili Beach, Kandia Beach) and driving to the South West (Miloi beach, Kiveri beach, Xeropigado beach, Astros beach).
4. Two castles in Nafplio
Looking from any place close to the port, Bourtzi fortress will be in front of your eyes always. This island – castle is located in the middle of Nafplio’s port.
If you look on your back side towards the hill, Palamidi castle will grab your attention. Located on the hill next to the city, it is the most well known landmark of Nafplio. You can either drive to the castle or reach it via the stairs (please keep in mind – they are 999 to reach the top).
5. Acronafplia – the top of the old downtown
Acronafplia caslte/hill is the second hill of Nafplio. It is located exactly next to the old city downtown and it worths your time to visit it. You can either take the small path from the port and walk around the Acronaflia hill until the Arvanitia beach and from there you can walk all the way to the top or you can just take the main path from the old town and reach the top – clock – there is a clock on the top of the hill, Nafplio’s clock.
Walking all the way to Acronafplia you will have a chance to enjoy the best city views. Full of natural windows between the castle’s walls, Acronafplia will give you the chance to take amazing photos of the old city. From the top, you can enjoy the Bourtzi view with a great sunset on the background.
6. The History
Nafplio has a War Museum and its Archeological museum – but what worths your visit is Epidaurus Ancient Theatre and Mycenae Archeological site – both are located 20Km away the city. The Epidaurus Ancient Theatre on the East and Mycenae on the North. If you are lucky to visit Nafplio during the summer, you will have a chance to visit Epidaurus Ancient Theatre an attend a live performance – every summer, there is a festival that takes part in the area.
7. Special Days
Every year there are several events that take place in Nafplio. The dates are not always fixed, but it is always during the same time of the year.
During end of February to half of March, there is the carnival festival which attracts thousands of visitor who want to enjoy and have fun!
From 23rd to 25th of March, the city celebrates the local church of Evangelistria and every year there is a big street market that takes part in the city.
During April, there is Easter time. The city welcomes thousands of visitors who want to spend their Easter holidays here and attend all the local events.
At the beginning of May, takes part in the city the International Yacht show which attracts thousands of visitor who want to enjoy some of the worlds biggest yachts.
June to September is the summer time and Nafplio is always at the top between domestic and international travelers. During this period there are many events that take part in the city (book exhibitions, live concerts, etc).
October and November is the period of the year that the city arranges its sports events – there is the castle run – that attracts visitors who want to experience a unique run. More than that, there also many different activities that you can enjoy (horse riding, etc).
December is the Christmas period and Nafplio has always many special events to offer to the visitors who choose the city for these holidays.
8.When to visit
Nafplio is a city with almost 10 months tourism season – which means that the city gives to its visitors many different options and choices all over the year.
Well, if you focus on visiting the city and all the Archeological places, the period between March to May and September to November is the best. The weather will be perfect for your vacation.
If you want to experience the Greek summer, the period between June to September is ideal. The weather will be hot enough and you will be able to enjoy the beaches of the city.
If you want to combine a stay at city next to the sea and activities within 30 minutes from Nafplio on the mountains, the period between October to February is the best! The winter is never heavy, so you can enjoy many outdoor activities.
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Vasileios Totsikas is the Property Manager at Vida Hospitality – his English are not the best (I am sure you already got it from the above article), but his hospitality is great! Now, that I wrote the above sentence in the third person to look smarter than I am, I will continue in the first person – If I can be of any assistance regarding your vacation in Greece, feel always free to contact me via phone/message/whatsapp at +30-6979005260.