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Nafplio is a must destination all year round and offers a wide variety of stylish accommodation for your stay either in the city or in the surrounding areas. It has a rich history and world-class monuments and heritage, such as the ancient theater and the Asklepieion of Epidaurus, Palamidi, Bourtzi, Franchthi Cave and Koilada of Ermionida. Discover the beaches of the surrounding tourist villages and fall in love with this place which has so many natural beauties and choices. For food and entertainment, there are places for all tastes and attentive little shops for your purchases.

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Nafplio

Nafplio is a must destination all year round and offers a wide variety of stylish accommodation for your stay either in the city or in the surrounding areas.

It has a rich history and world-class monuments and heritage, such as the ancient theater and the Asklepieion of Epidaurus, Palamidi, Bourtzi, Franchthi Cave and Koilada of Ermionida.

Discover the beaches of the surrounding tourist villages and fall in love with this place which has so many natural beauties and choices. For food and entertainment, there are places for all tastes and attentive little shops for your purchases.

 

Nafplio-How to get there…

By bus: 

You can take a bus to Terminal A / Stathmos Kiffisos in Athens and from there another bus to Nafplio.

Bus number X93 runs from just outside El. Venizelos airport’s arrival hall to Stathmos Kiffisos. Buy tickets at the airport before entering. The trip lasts somewhere between a half and one hour, depending on traffic. Price approx 5 Euros.

If you’re already in Athens, bus No. 051 from the intersection Zinonos and Menandrou Streets, south of Omonia, will bring you to Stathmos Kiffisos.

Taxi from the centre normally costs between 5 and 15 Euros, depending on where the taxi picks you up.

Stathmos Kiffisos is a major bus terminal. Find the sign that says Nafplio / Argolida, and buy your tickets there. The buses go hourly on the half hour from morning to evening (some exceptions). The journey takes two to two hours and 20 min., going via Corinth / Isthmos and Argos. Nafplio is the terminus. Price approx. 13 Euros. Discount if buying return ticket tour.

Please note that the bus from Nafplio to Athens stops at Eleonas metro station (blue line) before it continues to Stathmos Kiffisos. From Eleonas the metro will take you to the centre, then continue to the airport. This will usually be a faster solution than to travel by bus. Just make sure you get on the right train, not all of them run all the way to the airport.

By taxi 

The simplest – and cheapest – is to get the hotel you will stay in in Nafplio to pre-book a taxi for you, or contact greek-taxi.gr. A taxi trip costs approximately 150 euros, and lasts a bit over one and a half hour.

By train

It is possible to take the “Proastiakos” train from the airport to Corinth, but the train from Corinth to Nafplio is suspended at the time of writing. Yet, it will be cheaper to take a train to Corinth and taxi from there, than to use a taxi all the way from the airport. Ask the hotel you are staying in in Nafplio to book a taxi for you.

Car rental

If you rent a car at the airport, it’s easy to find the way to Nafplio. From the airport you drive directly onto the motorway and follow the signs first to Elefsina, then Corinth, and finally the signs say Nafplio. The road is generally very good, except for a short distance between Corinth and Nafplio which is fairly narrow and winding.

By car

150 Km from Athens. Trip duration 1,5 hours

From Athens:
You should take the new National Road Athens-Patra (Α8).
At Korinthos you should take (A7) for Tripoli.
Take the first exit after Spathovounio Tools and follow the signs to Nafplio.

Tools: Olympia Odos Elefsina 2,10€ , Isthmos 1,80€, Spathovounio 2,50€

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Tolo

Welcome to Tolo! An old fishing village, Tolo is spread out along a lovely beach and its inhabitants are renowned for their hospitality. In its sparking sea you will be able to enjoy swimming, fishing and every kind of water sport.

Accommodation in Tolo as well as your entertainment, Tolo boasts many hotels and furnished apartments, not to mention a great variety of bars, discos, tavernas, bouzouki clubs, cafes and other family-run businesses that offer the homely hospitality that has come to characterise the place.

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Assini

Assini “traditional country village” (as it is used to be called by the inhabitants), is only 8km from Nafplio and has about 1,280 residents. It is situated at the foot of a high mountain shaped egg and on top of the chapel of Prophet Elias, which radiates a unique sense lit in the evening!

The houses of Assini are traditionally built among lush orange groves, olive groves and large areas of tangerines, vegetables and cereals.

The visitor at Assini feels the aroma of the Argolid plain famous for citrus and combined with the sea air coming from the beach or Assini Beach Kastraki (about 1 km distance), thus creating a sense of inner strength and wellness.

Assini owes its name from the Ancient Assini. The Acropolis of Ancient Assini was first occupied in the fifth millennium BC .The first excavations of the Acropolis and Lower town was made ​​by the Swedish Archaeological Expedition (1922-1930) and continued in the 1970s by D Office of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and the Swedish Institute at Athens. Many of the finds from the excavations of Assini are on display in Sweden, particularly from the excavations of 1920, while others exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Nafplio. More information about the archaeological site can be found in the “Archaeological Sites – Points of Interest.”

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Drepano – Vivari

Drepano is a beautiful traditional village just 9 km from the center of Nafplio, which combines the lush greenery of mandarins on the blue beach of Plaka. This traditional village is built on the back of the small hill Mill (Agios Nikolaos) overlooking the open sea. The feature of this village is that most homes have been built on rocky ground and very close to each other.

The narrow and steep streets of Drepano are tantamount to island.
Drepano until WWII was called “Haidari” but around 1940(according to testimonies of locals) got its current name. Drepano until it joined the new Kallikrates Municipality of Nafplion was the seat of the municipality of Assini, where the seat of the Town Hall and other City services existed.

Close to the village center and more precisely in the road which joins scythes Assini, there is a traditional stone windmill that awakens memories of local tradition and you can take unique pictures of the landscape.

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Pirgiotika

Pirgiotika is a small village of about 400 residents near the town of Nafplio (6 ​​km). It is built at a height of about 120 meters, which offers hillside view of Nafplio from anywhere in the village.

In the village the visitor will encounter five churches. The historic church of St. John (more information on the church of St. John can be found in the “Archaeological Sites – Points of Interest”), St. Archangels, Ag. Nikolaos, Agia Paraskevi and the main church, St. George.

The central church was dedicated to St. George in order that the residents of Pyrgiotika remember their origin. The “genealogy roots” of the villagers lead in Arcadia. Half of the inhabitants came from Pirgaki Arcadia (near Vitina), hence how the name Pirgiotika derives, and the other half from the village Roino of Tripoli. Arcadians lowered during the summers at Himadia to graze their flocks. The area of Nafplio was ideal because it had food and water for animals.

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Candia

Candia is a beautiful seaside village, inhabited by Cretans (like Iria) and people coming from Arcadia. According to the reports of residents the area was used as pasture during the summer months, but over the years the residents understood the value of the sea and the valley of Iria, abandoning farming.

In the centre of the village, in spite of the passing of time, there is an almost ruined impressive tower, standing deserted.The “Tower of the Aga” was the residence of an Aga( Turkish rank for the chief) of the region, that’s why the name. The ruins of Mycenae Candia stand every close to the tower, at the hill of St.Eleousa.

Iria 

The original settlement of Iria was created by Cretan refugees at the time of Kapodistrias. However, there are findings showing that the region has been inhabited since ancient times.

The existence of a “fryktoria” (a means of communication was used in Ancient Greece by using two sets of five torches) about the 7th BC century near the village and the identification of ancient shipwrecks of the Mycenaean era at Cape Iria testify the existence of life in the wider region of Iria prior to the occupation of the village of Crete.