Nafplio: Nafplio, Fortress & Town
3.5 HoursModerate-StrenuousEssentials Collection | Sightseeing | Refreshments
Enjoy a brief drive to the Castle of Palamidi standing proudly over Nafplio. The castle is one of the most important and best-preserved castles in Greece, an exquisite example of Venetian architecture of the 18th century. The hill at which the castle is located was named after Palamidis, the hero of Homer’s Epics. It is said that, in 1686, the Venetian Commander-in-Chief Morosini envisioned the construction of the castle, whose architectural design was undertaken by Governor Grimani. In 1715, just one year after its completion, it was occupied by the Turks and one century later it finally came to the possession of the Greeks. You will have photo opportunities of the magnificent views of the town below as well as the Argolis Bay. Following fortress visit you will return to Nafplio. It is one of Greece’s most romantic and prettiest towns. The narrow streets of the old town are filled with elegant Venetian houses and gracious neoclassical mansions. During your walking tour, marvel at the beautiful neoclassical buildings lining the port, and then on to the Kapodistriou Square and park, dedicated to the memory of the first governor of Greece. In the park with his beloved Palamidi Fortress in the background, is the statue of Kolokotronis, known as the Grand Old Man of the Morea, being the leader of the Greeks during the War of Independence. It was he who besieged the Turkish occupied Palamidi Citadel for 15 months before it was finally surrendered back. Across the way you can see the current Town Hall building, originally the very first High School of Greece. Continuing on through the backstreets not normally meant for tourists, you come upon the old Catholic Church and the 1702 Church of Agios Spyidon, just below. The ‘worry beads’ you see everywhere in Greece have a museum of their own in Nafplio and you will visit the “Museum of Komboloi” to learn of their origin. Next you will proceed through the popular Syntagma Square (Constitution Square) with its beautiful buildings, primarily in neoclassical style, that create a beautiful frame around the square, and the polished marble floor reflects both sunlight and streetlights. Before returning back to the yacht, in true Greek style, you will have the opportunity to sample the favorite spirit of the Greeks, Ouzo. Time permitting you may choose to remain in town for more time at leisure or return to the tender pick up point and make your way back to the yacht.
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your hat and sunscreen.