A medieval stronghold with a holiday air, Nafplion is really two places in one-a modern seaside resort.and the old town which once served as a Frankish-Venetian bulwark with its fortress dominating the area from the summit of palamidi. Bourdzi, the venetian castle, is on a smaller islet, in the middle of the Bay.
Legend has it that the town took its name from Nafplius, son of the hero Palamides, who fought alongside Agamemnon in the Trojan War. The town declined during the Roman times and flourished again during the Byzantine times. Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors left their mark in the town and strongly influenced its culture, architecture and traditions during the centuries.
Regarded as one of the most romantic cities all over Greece, Nafplion was the first capital of the newly born Greek state between 1823 and 1834. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statues, Ottoman fountains and Venetian or neoclassical buildings mesmerize the visitor with their unique architecture and beauty.
Did you Know?
Nafplio has had many different names over the course of its history beginning as Nauplia, a regional version of Nea Polis meaning new city and at one point being called Napoli de Romania. It was the second capital of the First Hellenic Republic before it moved to Athens. Today is it a busy seaport on the Peloponnese. The city has virtually doubled in size since the 1970s with marshland being filled in and built over.