Described by Andrew Bostock in The Bradt Guide, Greece: The Peloponnese, as ‘Easily the prettiest town on the Peloponnese’ and it’s easy to see why.
The former capital of Greece is a vibrant and bustling town that maintains an air of sophistication. It’s near some great sites such as Epidavros and Mycenae. There are also the rarely visited ancient sites of Tiryns, Dendra, Midea and more which are not far away and are worth seeking out.
Parking [and driving] in the town centre can be a bit of a nightmare so park for free by the harbour and walk in. There’s usually plenty of spaces [and a train].
We first stayed in Nafplio for a couple of nights in 2013 and fell in love with it. Nafplio has much to offer – museums, superb castles [yep more than one!], and an attractive harbour setting.
The old centre is maze of streets and passageways with interesting boutiques and shops.
It can get busy as it is within striking distance of Athens but it’s a great place to wander, relax, eat and drink. It has a sleepy vibe by day and a vibrant feel in the evening.
We love it here so much we now return every year and stay for a couple of nights.