A picturesque seaport town situated beneath the towering Palamidi fortress in the Peloponnese. Nafplion was the first capital of the newly founded Greek state between 1823 and 1834. Nafplion is also said to have been founded by Nafplios, the son of the sea god Poseidon.
Nafplion draws its charm from the combination of Ancient, Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman architecture, belling its rich history though out the centuries. Ancient walls, medieval castles, statues and monuments, fountains, leafy squares and neoclassical buildings adorn the town throughout its landscape.
The historic town centre, romantic surrounding regions and hidden treasures within make Nafplion the perfect destination for a day trip. You can visit Syntagma Square, surrounded by neoclassical buildings, marble statues of heroes and statesmen. There are also two former Ottoman mosques one of which, is used as a theatre and while the other was the home of the first Greek Parliament when Nafplion served as the Greek state’s first capital. The Archaeological Museum and the Municipal Gallery, house many important historic artifacts from the region.
The Venetian fortress of Palamidi. stands 216 metres above sea level, and can be reached by climbing 999 rock-carved steps. The view from the Palamidi Castle is extraordinary and the history in which it is steeped is even more so: once the prison of Greek Indepence general, Theodore Kolokotronis, the castle’s battlements appear still to be protecting the city, each proudly embodying the ancient heroes –Themistocles, Achilles, Leonidas, Fokion, Epaminondas, Miltades – after whom they were named.
Quiet, quaint and beautifully reflective of the Ottoman and Venetian architecture of the wider Nafplion town, the Nafplion harbour is a mesmerising space. The Nafplion harbour is the ideal base from which to explore the Peloponnese by boat. The private boat voyages offered by Spetses Cruising, will take you to some wonderful destinations such as, Epidaurus, Spetses, Hydra, Doko, Vathi Avlaki, Monemvasia and Ierakas.
The secluded bay at Vathi Avlaki is a hidden gem. The stunning white pebble beach between the emerald waters on the side and the pine covered hills beyond is no less than breath taking. Swim, snorkel and sunbathe to your heart’s content. Lasting impressions will bring you back to this wonderful place!
The citadel town of Monemvasia is a snapshot of Greece’s past. Connected with the mainland by a 200m causeway, the old town centre is a treasure trove of medieval buildings, small Byzantine churches and traditional craftsmen’s shops that have remained unchanged for generations.
Bursting with rich history and a unique culture all of its own. People of the arts have flocked to Hydra for generations in search of inspiration. Many grew so enchanted by the surroundings, they never left! The perfect place for a stroll, a spot of lunch and some intensive retail therapy.
Spetses is an island you’ll want to explore, discover and savour for life. Wander the upmarket harbour, lined with the most spectacular 19th century mansions and exclusive residences of the rich and famous. Enjoy an afternoon lunch followed by a private horse-drawn carriage ride along the majestic seafront.
One of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is said to be located at the same site as the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius. An incredibly significant location, the theatre itself was built approximately 3000 years ago and sits within the most extraordinary surroundings imaginable. Even if ancient Greek history isn’t your primary interest, the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is quite simply stunning.
Situated close to the islands of Hydra and Spetses, Dokos is a wonderful destination for island-hopping journeys. With serene beaches and crystalline waters, there is endless scope for relaxation and exploration in equal measures.
Built on a natural fjord and hardly visible from the sea, Ierakas is both famous and infamous for its popularity with pirates back in the day. The perfect place for a relaxing stroll before indulging in a delicious lunch at one of the local tavernas offering the best seafood in the region.
It is clear why discerning globe trotters come to Porto Heli. This is a part of the world that feels like a very laid-back version of the Amalfi Coast. The area offers plenty of protected coves and bays on the crystal clear waters of the Aegean. Porto Heli’s constellation of inlets means the water is both calmer and warmer than many of the Cycladic islands.
A magnificent coastline decorated with the uninhabited islands of Arsida and Petroklos and the glorious Cape Sounion. The temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, the ancient Greek god of the sea, dominates the southern most tip of Attica, where the horizon meets the Aegean Sea. Make the most of your trip by indulging in a refreshing swim in the small beach by the foot of the temple.
Unspoilt mountainous coastline, sprinkled with secluded coves, hidden beaches and picturesque villages. Fokiano is the most beautiful gulf of southeastern Arcadia. It “hides” within lush green mountain slopes, while its green waters and white pebbles make it seem like a shrine of tranquility.
Kyparissi was an ancient sanctuary of Asclepius. The little village is a secluded paradise backed by the craggy slopes of Mount Parnon and fronted by the cobalt blue of the Myrtoan Sea.