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NafplioGreece

Become an amateur archaeologist in this multilayered seaside city, which features Turkish mosques, Venetian palaces, Greek acropolises and Mycenaean ruins.

Due to a long history of passing from one ruling civilization to another, Nafplio is a city of beautiful and diverse ruins. Walk among the remains of a Mycenaean acropolis, take a boat to a tiny, island-bound Venetian Castle of Bourtzi and learn the regional history in local museums.

Nafplio rests in the shadow of a rocky peninsula and a hill south of town rising 709 feet (216 meters). Explore both to see the remains of palaces from two different civilizations. Climb up the 999 steps to the top of the hill to explore the Fortress of Palamidi, built by Venetians in the 1700s. Head down the hill and out onto the peninsula, where you will find the ruins of a grand Greek acropolis called the Acronafplia.

From the peninsula, you will have a clear view of the Castle of Bourtzi, which stands on a small island to the north. Take a boat to the island to explore the castle.

Additional ruins can be found a few miles north of town, where the Mycenaean metropolis of Ancient Tiryns once stood. Tour the well-preserved ruins of the Acropolis, which was built around 1600 B.C.

Many of the artifacts found at the Tiryns dig site can be viewed in the Nafplio Archaeological Museum, which stands within a stately 1713 Venetian building. Learn about the development of the Argolis area from prehistoric times through Late Antiquity. Find more artifacts at the Komboloi Museum, which exhibits a collection of noisemaking bead bracelets popular in Greek culture.

To enjoy some time relaxing, drive 5.6 miles (9 kilometers) south to Tolo Beach. Since it is surrounded by resort hotels, the large beach can be crowded, so visit early in the day.

Arrive in Greece through the international airport in Athens, and then drive 104 miles (170 kilometers) southwest to reach Nafplio. The city center is compact, so you can generally get around on foot. However, with so many archaeological sites scattered around the area, you may want to rent a car to explore.

Top Hotels in Nafplio

3Sixty Hotel & Suites
3Sixty Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
Koletti & Papanikolaou 26, Nafplio
The price is $188 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

Situated near the beach, this romantic hotel is steps from Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation Museum, Constitution Square, and Komboloi Museum. Archaeological ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (56 reviews)

"Great location, very vibrant hotel and lovely staff."…"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2020

3Sixty Hotel & Suites
Carpe Diem Boutique Hotel
Carpe Diem Boutique Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Othonos 41 & Riga Feraiou, Nafplio, Argolida
The price is $70 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 3

Located in the heart of Nafplio, this hotel is steps from Constitution Square, Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation Museum, and Mpoyrtzi. Archaeological Museum ...

5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"Loved our stay at this wonderful boutique hotel. The location was PERFECT. Right in the heart of the city and ideal to explore the city on foot. The rooms were amazing, the bed super comfortable, the rain shower has just the right amount of water pressure, breakfast very tasty and the staff was so ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Carpe Diem Boutique Hotel
Villa ''jocasta'' in Silence Days Villas
Villa ''jocasta'' in Silence Days Villas
Nafplio, Peloponnese
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Situated in a rural location, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaka Beach and Tolo Beach. Asini Beach and Ancient Asine are also within 15 minutes.

4.2/5Very Good! (10 reviews)
Delightful!

"We really enjoyed this peaceful place just a short walk from the beach (which was pretty empty in August) and a lovely taverna. The gardens are beautifully kept and Thanos is an excellent host. The kitchen could do with a little more equipment but the terrace is a great place to sit and have a BBQ. ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2018

Villa ''jocasta'' in Silence Days Villas
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Vacation Rentals in Nafplio

Villa ''jocasta'' in Silence Days Villas
Villa ''jocasta'' in Silence Days Villas
Nafplio, Peloponnese

Situated in a rural location, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaka Beach and Tolo Beach. Asini Beach and Ancient Asine are also within 15 minutes.

4.2/5Very Good! (10 reviews)
Delightful!

"We really enjoyed this peaceful place just a short walk from the beach (which was pretty empty in August) and a lovely taverna. The gardens are beautifully kept and Thanos is an excellent host. The kitchen could do with a little more equipment but the terrace is a great place to sit and have a BBQ. ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2018

Villa ''jocasta'' in Silence Days Villas
Nelly's Apartments
Nelly's Apartments
3 out of 5
29 Bouboulinas Street, Tolo, Nafplio, Peloponnese
The price is $59 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 18

Nestled on the beach, this Nafplio aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Psili Ammos beach and Tolo Beach. Kókkinos Vráchos and Asini Beach are also within 1 mi ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Wonderful stay

"Perfect place to relax and enjoy the view and feel. Super clean. Kitchen was awesome. My friend and I were able to cook a simple breakfast and sit at the balcony. Since it’s nearing winter, not a lot of people were on the beach and the nearby restaurants were kinda gloomy...nonetheless, we had an ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2019

Nelly's Apartments
Elixia
Elixia
3.5 out of 5
Periferiakos Tolou, Pournara, Nafplio, Peloponnese

Situated in Nafplio, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Psili Ammos beach and Tolo Beach. Kókkinos Vráchos and Ancient Asine are also within 2 ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
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"清潔感があり、閉塞感もなく広々とした部屋で、眺めも良く最高でした。 近くのビーチやレストランまで徒歩で行けるのも良かった。"…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Elixia
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Skky

Jan 4, 2020

Old Town was a lively place Saturday night; and the merchants were both plentiful and low key, which is excellent in my opinion. Christmas decorations made the town all the more charming.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 19, 2019

We loved Nafplio - the streets, shops, and restaurants are fun and interesting to wander around. We had a car and visited Corinth, Mycanae, as well as Hydra. Gorgeous countryside. A great experience all around.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 29, 2019

Great location for exploring nearby archealogical sites.

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 28, 2019

Everybody must visit Nafplio

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 14, 2019

Great overall

5/5 - Excellent

Justin

Sep 20, 2019

Nice little port town with easy access to all of the historical sites in the area. Great dining options and very accessible free parking.

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