Holidays in Nafplio - Tolo
Nafplion, Argolida’s capital, is one of the most atmospheric cities of the entire Peloponnese, ideal for short breaks from Athens.
Nafplion is divided into the old and the new town. In the old town, quaint streets and old mansions “travel” visitors to bygone eras! In the heart of the old city, the cobbled Constitution Square is found. Decorated by majestic buildings like the one that housed the first Greek Parliament, testify the historical "character" of this town. The square offers relaxation in the beautiful stylish cafés and restaurants which surround it.
Nafplion is dominated by two castles; Akronafplia and Palamidi castles. Acronafplia’s fortress is built on a majestic, rocky peninsula, which used to be the Acropolis of Nafplion. The famous castle of Palamidi rises 216 meters above the city and impresses with its tall walls. This castle is of high historical significance, since in one of its bastions, Theodoros Kolokotronis, a Greek national hero was imprisoned. Apart from its historical value, Palamidi offers a stunning panoramic view over the bay of Argolis and the Nafplion city itself.
Landmark of the city is Mpourtzi; a fortress built on the small island of Agios Theodoros. The fortress is accessed by boat. The coastal road that lies ahead of Mpourtzi is ideal for relaxing strolls and bike rides. There, you will find plenty of restaurants, taverns and café/bars.
Arvanitias round, as locals call it, is one of the most romantic walks you can have, enjoying nature’s tranquility and the sea breeze. The ride starts at the end of the beach and ends up in the homonymous square, following the coastal promenade, around Acronafplia. Along the walkway, majestic rocks, "decorated" with prickly trees predominate.
After Arvanitias beach, you can continue your walk, eastern, at the Palamidi foothills, to Karathonas beach.
During your stay in Nafplion, do not forget to visit one of the ice cream parlors scattered in the old town; Nafplion is renowned for its delicious ice cream! Visiting as well the various rosary stores (Kombologadika) is a must.
This magical journey through history and time stops where the new town, which bears the features of any modern city, begins. Nevertheless, Nafplion, over the years, has managed to keep intact its nobility and charm, being one of the most romantic destinations in the Peloponnese, perfect for all seasons!
One of the most popular beaches of Nafplion is Arvanitia, which is located within the city, just below Palamidi castle. Although small, it has all the amenities a visitor may want and is ideal for those who wish to avoid driving to a beach. Karathonas beach is the largest beach of the city. It is organized and has beach bars and taverns. This sandy beach, combined with the shallow waters, is an excellent choice for families with children.
Between Arvanitias and Karathonas, there is Neraki beach, a very small, without many human interventions, beach, which is accessible only on foot or by bike. Those who love exploring nature can leave the city of Nafplion and visit the beautiful beaches of the surrounding area, such as Psili Ammos, Kastraki, Plaka, Vivari, Agios Nikolaos-Kondilis, Candia and Kiveri beach.
How to get there
Travelling by car
To reach Nafplio you can drive from Athens via the National Highway from Athens to Corinth (137 km distance - 1 hours & 40 minutes ride). After passing Corinth, follow the road to Tripoli and then take the exit to Nemea - Nafplio and follow the signs to Nafplio.
Travelling by bus
You can also take the Intercity Bus (KTEL Bus of Argolis) from the Intercity Bus Station of Kifissos (2 hours & 10 minutes journey). For more information on the bus routes of KTEL of Argolis click here.
Travelling by car
You can drive to Nafplio from Patras via the National Highway from Patras to Corinth (182 km distance - 2 hours & 45 minutes ride approximately). Before reaching Corinth, you will follow the highway from Corinth to Tripoli and take the exit to Nemea - Nafplio. Following the signs to Nafplion, you will reach your destination.
Travelling by car
To reach Nafplio from Kalamata, you will drive via the new National Highway from Kalamata to Tripoli (145 km distance - 1 hour & 45 minutes ride approximately). Once you pass Tripoli and after 38 km approximately, you will take the exit to Argos - Nafplio and you will follow the signs until you reach the town of Argos and then the signs to the town of Nafplio.
During your stay in Nafplio, you can be served for health issues:
General Hospital of Nafplio, which is located on the corner of Asklipeiou & Kolokotronis street in Nafplio, Tel: (+30) 27523 61100
Local Clinic of Drepano, Tel: (+30) 27520 92207
Useful phone numbers
Nafplio Port Authority: (+30) 27520 22974
Port Station of Tolo: (+30) 27520 22974
Police Station of Nafplio: (+30) 27520 21536
Police Station of Tolo: (+30) 27520 59202
Fire Department of Nafplio: (+30) 27520 22199
General Hospital of Nafplio: (+30) 27523 61100
Local Clinic of Drepano: (+30) 27520 92207
Intercity Bus of Nafplio: (+30) 27520 27323
TAXI (Nafplio): (+30) 27520 24120