A Free Afternoon in Nafplio

Enjoy exploring Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece and one of the country's most beautiful towns. Featuring a mix of Venetian, Ottoman, and Greek architecture, Nafplio sits underneath its imposing Palamidi Castle, a great place to visit during the afternoon. To reach the top (worth the effort for the incredible views), you'll climb over 850 winding steps.

As you gaze across the sea and down into Nafplio's Old Town, get your bearings and try to spot a few of the other must-see sites. The Fort of Bourgi sits on a small island right in the middle of the harbor. You can take a short boat ride to the islet, circling the area to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Look for a red-tiled dome to find the Vouleftikon Building, the very first Greek Parliament. Nearby is Constitution Square, also known as Syntagma Square, the main plaza in Nafplio. It's a lively spot in the city with many restaurants, bars, and cafes to enjoy. It's also a great place to people-watch under the sycamore trees and witness typical Greek life. 

Continue strolling through Nafplio's charming streets and alleyways, absorbing the town's beauty and catching glimpses of the sea. Stop at the Kompoloi Museum to learn about a popular local craft and explore beads from Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, and Greek traditions. You can also view Catholic and Monastery rosaries.

As dusk nears, take a stroll along the port to watch the sunset. The port also offers a great viewpoint of Palamidi Castle and features a few cafes and bars with excellent cocktails. Polish off the day with Nafplio's best Italian gelato at the Antica Gelateria di Roma.

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Itineraries with A Free Afternoon in Nafplio

Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 15 Days

Travel across both the Peloponnesian peninsula and Greek history with this 15-day itinerary. After a brief start in Athens, you'll go down to the sea to visit Nafplio and neighboring mythical Mycenae, then over to the castles of Mystras and Monemvasia. Set sail for the quintessential Greek island of Zakynthos to end your journey on its turquoise shores before you return to Athens for one final temple sunset.

Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 19 Days

You'll explore Athens and Greece's stunning countryside with this 19-day adventurous itinerary around the mainland. Bike your way around the capital and learn to fish like the locals before hiking to the clifftop monasteries of Meteora. Then make your way to the picturesque villages of Zagori, where you'll tackle the rapids of the Voidomatis River. Spend some time swimming under waterfalls before heading to Nafplio on the coast, where you'll kayak around a castle and learn how to make cheese the Greek way.

Greek History, Nature, and Culture for Families: Athens & the Peloponnese - 14 Days

Take older kids and teens on this two-week itinerary that will get you out into some of the most interesting natural landscapes in Greece. You'll start in Athens, exploring the capital's parks and street art scene, then head to Nafplio to explore ancient theaters and monuments by both land and sea. Visit the castles of the Mani Peninsula, learn about Greek cooking in Kalamata, and tour the Classical-era temples at Delphi before you head home.