About Nafplion - former capital of Greece
"You said there is no Paradise. Yet, I live in Nauplio" (Christos Katsigiannis)
Many people, both Greeks and foreigners, are of the opinion that Nafplion is one of the most beautiful towns in Greece.
Nafplion, former capital of Greece, is today a cosmopolitan town and a great base from which to explore the Argolis region. Neoclassical buildings, historic squares, old churches and Turkish mosques tell the history of the town through the ages.
Climb the 999 steps to the Venetian fortress of Palamidi - from here the views are magnificent. Back in the town wander down through quaint alleyways to the seafront - here you'll find a good selection of tavernas and coffee shops. From here you can look towards the prison island of Bourtzi.
Nafplion is the capital of the Argolis region - this was the heart of Greece from 1600 to 1100 B.C. under the Mycenaeans. With their decline, the Dorians controlIed the fate of the area until its conquest of the country by the Romans. During the Byzantine era Argolida shared the fortune of the rest of the Peloponnese. It was ruled by the Franks and surrendered to the Turks in 1460, Nafplion, however, remained in Venetian hands until 1540. Nafplion was the capital of the newly formed Greek state from 1828 to 1834, when this role passed to Athens.
Nafplion is a great base from which to explore the stunning Argolis region - olive groves, forests, meadows, mountain villages and peaks abound; and we mustn't forget the area's beautiful beaches.
Where to stay
In a quiet location within walking distance of Nafplion's centre the Anthemion is a relaxing alternative.