In Athens for a few days? How about a day trip to Nafplion

Southwest of Athens and less than two hours drive, by highways and local roads, you will reach the first capital of modern Greece, the town of Nafplio.

Located in the region of Argolida in the Peloponnese, this is an ancient area full of stunning sights and heroic history.

Whether you are in the mood for exploring, or to get acquainted with more places of the ancient Greek world, or just to enjoy a day full of sun and fun in a paradisiacal countryside with its vineyards, orange and lemon orchards and its glorious coastline, a day trip to Nafplio is a great thing to do.

Named after the mythical Nafplios, son of Poseidon, Nafplio has known prosperity and progress, but also invasions and occupation by many foreign conquerors.

Nafplio - Greece
Nafplio – Greece

Today, Nafplio is a charming town, built by the seaside at the feet of two fortresses: Palamidi and Akronafplia.

Nafplio is full of almost Venetian style neoclassical buildings, paved squares, and picturesque alleyways.

While you are in Nafplio, you must walk around, explore its alleys, taste the traditional mezedes of seafood and sit by the waterfront at one of the many ouzeri that look towards the small islet of Bourtzi.

Stop by the Kompoloi museum and buy your own set of “worry beads”, made of amber.

If you feel really energetic, climb to the Venetian castle of Palamidi. The views from there are stupendous.

For lovers of ancient Greece, just travelling to Napflio from Athens is a voyage deep into the remote past since you will drive by Eleusis, Megara, Corinth, Nemea, Mycenae, Tiryns, Argos and, further up by the Saronic Gulf, Epidaurus.

The Argolid is truly the Land of Gods and Heroes. Start exploring it, and a day isn’t close to enough!