Nafplio (or Nafplion, Nauplie, Nauplio, Napli, A'napli) is a romantic town often called the "city of love" and also one of the most popular destinations for classic students, weekenders all year round and summer holidays. With its magical atmosphere and wealth of things to do combined with its close proximity to the archaeological sites that the Argolida is famous for of Mycenae and the Ancient Theatre of Epidavros, Nafplion is an attractive destination for most.
Nafplion, the first capital of Greece after it was freed from the Turkish occupation, played a remarkable role in Greek history which is reflected in the architecture, historical monuments, castles and museums of the old town. Syntagma Square, just a few metres away from Althaia in the old town is picturesque with narrow streets lined with cafes, bars, gift shops and Venetian style overhanging balconies. Visit the Greek Parliament and the church of St. Spyridon where Kapodistria was murdered. The harbour is a hive of activity and the cafeteries are "the place to be" to watch the comings and goings of the sailing boats and people strolling along the promenade.
There are two local beaches, Karathona and Arvanitia, which are well organised and popular with locals and tourists. Arvanitia is found within walking distance from Althaia and is known as the "town beach" and Karathona is found just 1.5km away and has plenty of cafe/bars, sun loungers and water sports.
Visit the museums - the Archaeological museum, the Folklore museum, the Military museum, the Worry Bead museum and the Ouzo museum which is housed in the local ouzo distillery. Visit the castles of Palamidi high on the hill towering above the town, the Bourtzi Fort in the harbour and the castle of Acronafplia. Nafplion is also home to a number of art galleries including a part of the famous National Art Gallery of Athens.
The area of Nea Kios, just a couple of minutes away from the town, is a protected area for some types of rare birds and also for the particular type of sand which is very beneficial for skin complaints, healing where medications are ineffective.
Whether passing through for a short stay in Nafplio or thinking about your summer holidays in Greece, Althaia is a great choice as its location makes all of the Peloponnese easily accessible for exploring!
Nafplion is a place that will stays in the hearts of those that visit and most visitors return many many times! Nafplio "the Magical City of Love", once visited never forgotten!
An incredible Venitian castle built atop a hill, watching over the town of Nafplio and built in 1714. Walk it's 999 steps to the top, or take a car and use the other entrance
Walk along the coastline and discover hidden beaches, complete the trail and end up in Karathona beach.
A statue of the Bavarion Lion made in 1840 - 1841 to honour the fallen Bavarian soldiers (escorting the young king Otto) who died during the typhoid epidemic in Nauplion which devastated the area between 1833 and 1834.
The Archaeological Museum of Nafplio is an amazing placeto visit and see all the findings from the surrounding area, from Ancient Greece and even back to the Neolithic Era..
Nafplio has been inhabitated since ancient times and the Acronafplia is proof to that, and ancient castle built opposite the Palamidi Castle in around the 4th century BC.
This mosque was built in around the second half of the 16th century and is the only surving building from that time. It has been used as a cinema and now serces as a theatre.
The Old Town of Nafplio is a great conjunction of cultures with its narrow streets and the hanging balconies attesting to the different occupants (Venitian, Ottoman, Frankish) the town has had over the course of history.