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  • 1 Tiryns Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Close to the roadside, among the orange groves of the fertile Argolid, an impressive Cyclopean walled settlement suddenly appears, a masterpiece of Ancient military architecture. Along with Mycenae, Tiryns "of the great walls" (Homer) was t..

  • 2 Lower City of Nafplio Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    You enter the lower city of Nafplio via Syntagma Square, which is lined with the high façades of patrician houses, and bustles with pedestrians and café terraces. From here, your walk will take you past the numerous churches of the town, including St..

  • 3 Palamedes Citadel Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Palamedes Citadel is a powerful complex of seven forts or bastions built on top of a 216m-high hill. It dates from the second Venetian occupation (1686-1715). The parapet walks provide magnificent views of Nafplio, the bay, the Argolid plain and the ..

  • 4 Seafront at Nafplio Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens


    The harbour extends along both sides of the square, Platía Latroú. The western waterfront (Aktí Miaoúli) continues along a path that skirts the ramparts and the headland, providing magnificent views of the bay. Don't miss the Panagitsa Chapel ("..

  • 5 Ancient Thera: Ramparts Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Impressed by the size of the ramparts of Tiryns, the Greeks thought they must have been the work of the Cyclops. It is still not known how mere men were able to lift such enormous blocks of stone, some of which weigh over 13 tonnes. Neither is it kno..

  • 6 Tiryns Western Ramparts Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    In the vestiges of a tower in the west wall of Tiryns, a flight of 80 steps winds down to a postern gate, constituting an unusual feature in the city's defences. If an attacking force had succeeded in breaching the lower postern gate by climbing up t..

  • Housed in the 18C Venetian arsenal, Nafplio's Archaeological Museum has fascinating rare pottery from the Neolithic period and collections of archaic art from digs in Argolis, in particular the nearby site of Tiryns. The museum's centrepiece is a ref..

  • 8 Isle of Bourdzi Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Fortified in the 15C by the Venetians in order to protect the entrance to the port of Nafplio, the Isle of Bourdzi's chief defence is a sturdy polygonal tower topped by a gun platform. The island used to be the residence of the public executioner. It..

  • 9 Vasilios Papantoniou Folklore Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    1 r. V.-Alexandrou

    The Folklore Museum in Nafplio houses a remarkable and well-presented collection of Greek costumes. Furniture, jewellery and liturgical and everyday objects show the influence of the Ottoman lifestyle on 19C Greece.

  • 10 Karathona Beach

    Nature and gardens

    Close to Nafplio, the pleasant Karathona Beach has good facilities and is reached by a 4km road from Palamedes citadel or by following the Arvanita Promenade.

  • 11 Citadel of Acronauplia

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This spot is made for romantics and photographers, offering superb views of the town, the Argolic Gulf and the surrounding countryside. The citadel of Acronauplia has four bastions corresponding to four successive periods. The first two, through whic..

  • 12 Ancient Thera: Palace

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The rooms of the Palace of Tiryns, the megaron, surrounded a courtyard that used to be covered and the walls of which were decorated with frescoes. There was a circular foyer at the centre of this and the royal throne stood on the right side. The eas..

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