Lace up your boots adventure seekers, it’s time to climb to one of the best viewpoints in the Peloponnese region of Southern Greece: Palamidi Fortress in Nafplio. 

Perched high on a hill overlooking the Old Town on the edge of the Argolic Gulf in the Aegean Sea is the Palamidi Castle. Its expansive view was the reason for this strategic location as the city of Nafplio was an important maritime city at the time.

How to Visit Palamidi Castle

If you’re ready to conquer the heights and soak up significant modern Greek history, stunning views, and a whole lot of fun, keep reading to find out how…

First things first, lace up your comfiest walking shoes because, as mentioned, reaching Palamidi Fortress requires a bit of a climb. You have two options: the long stairway or the short drive up the road. 

For those who want a bit of a challenge and a heart-pumping workout, take the (not really) 999 steps leading to the fortress.  But if you prefer a more leisurely approach, follow the road that winds its way up the high hill.

For those really opposed to walking, you can also drive up that road and park at the gates on that side of the fortress. May tour groups arrive that way. 

The steps begin on the edge of Old Town at the bottom of the hill. It took me five minutes from my Nafplio Hotel to reach it. 

Whichever route you choose, make sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, your camera, and a happy, adventurous spirit.  You’ll only need 1-2 hours to explore the fortress, including the climb up the stairs.

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