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Nauplie is the dowager of the Peloponnese, a genteel and cultured town with an ambience of faded nineteenth century elegance. It is an excellent base from which to explore the Argolid – the area with the richest ancient history in the whole of Greece, incorporating the main sites of Corinth, Mycenae and Epidavros, as well as the lesser sites of Mystra and Olympia.

Nauplie was the capital of modern Greece for a brief period from 1829 and 1834 and it was here that Greece’s first president, Kapodhistrias, was assassinated. The town has good shops and restaurants and is a lovely place to relax in the evening after a strenuous day’s sight-seeing. The Bouboulinas along the waterfront are where the locals take their evening volta and the beautiful people hang out – an evening here is something to dress up for.  And if you’re in the mood for dancing, there are a few clubs that will oblige you by pumping out disco classics into the early hours.

For the energetic and those interested in military history (probably not the same people who stayed out clubbing the night before), a hike up to the twin fortresses of Palamidhi and Akronafplia on the headland are a good excursion.  The climb up is very steep and when you’ve made it to the top you are confronted with a bewilderingly large complex housing no fewer than three self-contained castles within its walls.

Back in the town, Nauplie’s Turkish heritage has left behind several mosques and there are a number of museums, including what must be the only one in the world dedicated to the worry bead. There are a few good sandy beaches close to town – Karathonas has a couple of tavernas and is popular with windsurfers. And if that isn’t enough in the way of activity, there are organised rock-climbing routes between Nauplie and Karathonas.



  • Moor with the anchor down on the quay. The holding is good.

To Do:

  • Visit the fortresses
  • Sight-seeing at Corinth and Mycenae


  • Bars and restaurants
  • Provisions