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Welcome to Nafplion


Nafplion is a favourite holiday destination for hot and bothered Athenians, and no wonder because it is not only a lovely city, but exudes a cool and relaxed atmosphere soothing to busy locals and foreign tourists alike. Nafplion was capital of the Greek state from 1828 to 1834 after the war of independence, although its history is modern compared to the rest of Greece, and particularly the Peloponnese.

Nafplion is a popular holiday spot for its charm alone; it gets by without any classical ruins, and the town is home to picturesque streets overhung with wooden balconies cascading with bright flowers. Some lively outdoor cafés and fascinating churches and mosques add to the atmosphere. There are several art galleries and interesting museums dedicated to archeaology, folklore, Komboloi(worry beads), and even Ouzo. Energetic holiday visitors and cruise ship passengers can climb the 857 steps to the Venetian Fortress of Palamidi that overlooks Nafplion, but most prefer to just enjoy the tavernas on the waterfront, the open-air cinemas and the beaches, while using the town as a refreshing and comfortable base from which to explore the archaeological sites of the Peloponnese. Nafplion is also popular as a port of call for cruises in the Greek islands.

Information & Facts

Greek is the national language, but English is widely spoken.

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change are widely available and travellers cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining euros.

Made popular again by the 2006 film 300, the ancient city of Sparta sits in the middle of the Plains of Laconia in the Peloponnese, which is one of the most historic regions in the world. You can visit the tomb of King Leonidas, the sanctuary of Artemis Orthia, and the Sparta Archeological Museum in town, and view a number of ruins and ancient churches in nearby Mystras.

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