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Best Hotels in Nafplio

Nafplio Hotels

A romantic seaport town on the Argolic Gulf, Nafplio’s endless charms lure in a mix of international holiday makers and weekend escapees from Athens. With its idyllic blue bay, golden beaches and old Venetian architecture, the town sets a picture perfect scene for simple, relaxed pleasures. From traditional restaurants and lively tavernas, to sleepy cafés and quaint shops, Nafplio’s Old Town is a trove of Grecian delights. Boasting a rich past spanning thousands of years, there’s no shortage of ancient landmarks and archaeological sites either.

Things to see

Perched on a craggy high hill, Palamidi Castle was built in the Baroque style by the Venetian’s in the early 1700’s. A locally reputed 999 steps lead from Nafplio to the fortress’s pinnacle, which rewards visitors with commanding views of the red-tiled town and bay. Perfect for a breezy afternoon stroll or drink at sunset, Nauplion Promenade is home to cafés, bars and glittering ocean views. At the centre of the bay sits the Castle of Bourtzi, which looks all the more dramatic when the sun goes down. Situated in Syntagma Square, the Nauplio Archaeological Museum boasts an eclectic collection of local artefacts. Set behind a Venetian façade, the museum’s exhibits cover everything from the Neolithic to the Roman periods. When it’s time for some seaside R&R, you’ll find a fantastic stretch of golden sand just minutes from town. With its shallow water and relaxed vibe, Karathona Beach features several beach bars and water sports operators.

Hotels in Nafplio

From sprawling beach resorts and chic waterfront hotels, to family-sized apartments and boutique guesthouses set behind historical facades - the hotels in Nafplio offer plenty of choice. Most of the town’s accommodation comes well equipped with convenient amenities, including onsite restaurants and bar lounges, with the larger hotels providing that all important pool. Rooms are generally kitted out with all necessary creature comforts too, such as satellite television and internet access, with many rooms opening out on to balconies graced with town or ocean views. The cheap hotels in Nafplio are in healthy supply, and come as more basic full-service digs and apartment rentals.

Where to stay

With its colourful architecture, flowery balconies and narrow streets, Old Town is the characterful heart of the community. It’s here where you’ll find the historic hotels in Nafplio, occupying restored Venetian mansions and townhouses. The centrepiece is Syntagma Square, home to restaurants, cafés and bars, and attractions including Nafplio Archaeological Museum and the mosque of Aga Pasha. Alongside modern hotels and budget apartments, the New Town area features some top notch shopping, especially for fashionistas. If you want to avoid Nafplio’s summer season bustle, look 12 kilometres south to the village of Tolo. Complete with its own beach, the peaceful resort offers numerous family-friendly accommodation options.

How to get to Nafplio

Situated around a 2 hour drive away, Athens International Airport is the gateway of choice for most visitors. It’s well-linked to much of the world, serving destinations throughout Europe, as well as cities in Asia, the United States and the Middle East. Once you’ve landed you can rent a car and drive to Nafplio, or make use of the public transport. Buses travel between Athens and Nafplio on a daily basis, departing from Kifissos Bus Terminal with a journey time of around 2 hours. If you opt to drive instead, you’ll need to take the National Highway to Corinth, and then follow the signs to Nafplio.