Beaches in Nafplio

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Top beaches for your summer holidays

The most popular beaches of Nafplio are the following. The organized beach of the small bay of Arvanitia featuring white pebbles and turquoise waters and the large beach of Karathona that stretches in a bay south of the city (3 km from Nafplio) which is ideal for water sports lovers. Kondyli, located at a 17 km distance from Nafplio, is considered by many as the best beach of Argolida. Just outside Nafplio, on the road to Iria, you will meet Kantia beach, featuring crystal waters and a sandy beach. A breath away from Tolo, in Drepano village, lays the beach of Plaka.



Nafplio’s town beach is called Arvanitia, a beach with gravel and small rocks pleasantly situated between Palamidi and Acronafplia, in the south end of the town. The beach offers sun loungers / parasols, a cozy cafe, toilets, dressing rooms, etc in the summer season. It is also fun to dive and swim from the low cliffs nearby.

The beach is quite steep. The beach area was upgraded significantly in 2014, with a substantial amount of fine gravel at the water’s edge so that it is easier to get into the water. And on summer evenings, come here to party!



Karathona is a long, sandy beach about 3 km from Nafplio.
You can walk there on a nice path that begins at Arvanitia beach (about 45 min.), or drive via 25 Martiou Street.

The beach is well developed, including several taverns, sun loungers / parasols and water sports, while there is also usually enough space for those who want to sunbathe in more peaceful surroundings. In summers, bus connection with Nafplio.
Check also here for small walks you can enjoy near Karathona. Karathona is a “Blue flag” beach.


Plaka Drepano

Plaka is a somewhat quiet beach, which few tourists visit, other than the Athenians who have holiday homes there.
It’s a long sand/gravel beach, without many facilities, but at least it has some nice taverns serving delicious fish, and a handful of sun beds. In addition there are many campsites near the sea, and that’s great, of course, if you enjoy to holiday in a tent.



Once again a long beach, this one is covered in fine gravel. Usually with quite few visitors, especially if you walk southeast. Also, nudism seems to be ok at the south-eastern part of the beach.

The water in the northern part of the beach is quite deep, just after a couple of steps into the sea.
The small white church that can be seen on the promontory, Ag. Nikolaos, can be visited by wading or swimming there.



A neverending long beach with sand, gravel and pebbles. It’s easy to find peaceful spots here, but also very nice to stay on the part of the beach which runs parallel to the centre of Kandia. Here’s a really good fish tavern and some cafes as well as loungers with parasols.