Nafplion

Nafplio was the first capital of the newly born Greek state between 1823 and 1834. Nafplio is located less than two hours' drive by car from Athens, on the Peloponnese peninsula. The beautiful old city has a wealth of narrow alleyways and streets, steep stairs, taverns serving delicious Greek food, lively bars, clubs and cafés, a lovely seafront promenade, and enough sights to fill a week. But the best is perhaps just being in this wonderful city, watch the sun go down behind the mountains, coloring the bay red, or relax in the central square and look at the playful children, couples, friends and families enjoying food, wine or coffee - just like you.

According to mythology, the town was founded by Náfplios, the son of god Poseidon and the daughter of Danaus Anymone. The town's history traces back to the prehistoric era when soldiers from here participated in the Argonautic expedition and the Trojan War alike. The town declined during the Roman times and flourished again during the Byzantine times. Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors left their mark in the town and strongly influenced its culture, architecture and traditions during the centuries. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statues, Ottoman fountains and Venetian or neoclassical buildings mesmerize the visitor with their unique architecture and beauty.

Visit:
-- the Italianate Syntagma Square where you can admire important historic buildings and monuments. Two Turkish mosques (the first used to house the first "Mutual Learning" School and now operates as a cinema/theatre whereas the second was home to the first Greek Parliament), the Archaeological Museum with important artifacts from the Prehistoric and Mycenaean Era and the Municipal Gallery are among the buildings that stand out. Very close to the modern city stand the church of Agios Spyridonas, in front of which Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias was assassinated, and the church of Agios Georgios boasting important murals such as a copy of the famous Leonardo Da Vinci work "The secret Dinner".
-- the Palamidi Castle, which proudly stands 216 m above sea level. In order to reach it you have to climb all of its 999 steps carved into the rock. Not to worry, though: the view from above here is totally rewarding!
-- the most photographed spot of Náfplio –and its point of reference as well– Bourtzi, the Venetian small fortress standing on the rocky islet of Agioi Theodoroi. During the Venetian rule it was connected to Akronafplia, the historic rock at the foot of Palamidi hill, through a huge metal chain that secured the port against enemy ship attacks. You can reach the fortress by boat departing regularly from the port.

Argolis region

Argolis (also called Argolida), is the "thumb" of the Peloponnesian peninsula, filled with small villages by the sea and in the mountains, beautiful nature, alluring beaches, and Mycenaean and ancient monuments around every corner. Among them are Epidavros, one of the best preserved amphitheatres in existence; the Mycenaean city that has given the era name, Mycenae or Mykines; and the Mycenaean fortress Tyrins - all on the Unesco World Heritage List.

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