One day excursion to Nafplion
Nafplion, capital of the Argolis prefecture in the Peloponnese, is one of the most beautiful towns in Greece and a place you really should visit during your excursions out of Athens. It is 136 km south bound and one day is sufficient to get to know the most photographed town in the country.
With a glorious and illustrious history, the second capital of the country, after Aegina and before Athens, is certain to seduce you with its beauty. With its famous landmark Venetian fortress on Palamidi hill, visible from every part of the town, it offers truly spectacular views, and is distinguished for its Venetian style which is reflected in the buildings even today.
During your time in Nafplion you should visit the famous Bourtzi, the small fortress built on the islet near the harbor, and Syntagma Square -the most historic square in the town- where the chiefs of the 1821 Greek Revolution plotted- with its impressive Archaeological Museum (tel. +30 27520 27502, Tuesday-Sunday: 08.30-15.00). It is also worth seeing the Vouleftiko, a well-preserved mosque which housed the first parliament in the country, the Old Mosque, known today as Trianon, and the Akronafplia, the citadel and the oldest of the fortresses in the town, accessible on from the north side.
All the tourist activity is concentrated on the streets around the main square with cafes, small taverns and shops selling traditional souvenirs that have been attracting the crowds here for years. You will come across Agios Spyridon church on one of these streets where on 27th September 1831 Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first governor of Greece, was killed. In fact, the mark from the bullet which took his life is still visible.
Romantics can enjoy a stroll, coffee or food on the town's promenade with the Bourtzi in the background. Alternatively, you can board the small train which departs from the port to the major attractions.
You can get to Nafplion by KTEL intercity bus from Kifissos station (tel. +30 210 5233810). The ticket price is €13,10 one way and €23 return.