Nestled on the shores of the Argolic Gulf in the Aegean Sea, there are many things to do in Nafplio, from meandering cobblestone streets of its Old Town, to exploring the nearby spectacular beaches, ancient ruins, and award-winning wineries. 

This picturesque coastal town is a true gem waiting to be discovered. BTW, you may also see this Greek city called Nafplion. It’s all a matter of evolving languages! Both are correct and can be used.

Best Things to Do in Nafplio

Whether you’re a history buff, a food lover, beach fanatic, or simply seeking a charming escape, Nafplio has a plethora of things to do to suit your style.

Hike the 999 steps to the Palamidi Fortress

Built by the Venetians in the 18th century, this fortress served as a stronghold to protect against enemy invasions and played a significant role during the Greek War of Independence. 

Explore the Streets of Old Town, Nafplion

Get lost in the enchanting streets of Nafplio’s Old Town, lined with Venetian-style buildings, charming shops, and cozy cafes. 

Kayak to Bourtzi Castle

Bourtzi castle, along with Palamadi, is considered one of the landmarks of Nafplio. You will see it around every corner and on top of every vantage point. Its original purpose was to protect the city from pirates and invaders from the sea.

Walk the Arvanitia Promenade

The 1km Arvanitia Promenade is one of the most popular walks in Nafplion and is flat and easy. You’ll have spectacular views the whole way and get to finish at the stunning Arvanitias Beach for a swim.

Swim in Arvanitias Beach

It’s a pebble beach so wear shoes down to the edge and the beach is small so come early to avoid crowds. My icy swim here in the May waters was very refreshing after a near perfect day hiking and beach road tripping.

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