48 Hours in Nafplio

Nafplio, just two hours from Athens, is one of Greece’s prettiest towns and one of the most popular spots in the country for year-round weekend getaways. Whether you’re interested in historical sites, eating, shopping, or just relaxing- add Nafplio to your list! 

From taking a short boat ride over to Bourtzi to explore, renting a bicycle to wander, tasting freshly-made gelato, eating at one of the charming restaurants in the back streets, or enjoying a drink as you catch the beautiful sunset- you can’t help but fall in love with this romantic destination. 

What makes Nafplio so special?

Nafplio is packed with a rich history as it was the first-ever modern-day capital of Greece. It is home to Bourtzi, a historical castle in the middle of the harbour, and Palamidi a wonderful fortress. 

What should I not miss? 

Nafplio is also well known for its history with the komboloi, which are the famous Greek worry beads. Learn more about them at the Komboloi Museum, which is the only one of its kind in the world and is housed in an 18th-century home. Make sure you also step inside the Archaeological Museum housed in a Venetian building on Syntagma Square. The permanent exhibition features statues, jewellery, costumes, sculptures, ceramics and rare artefacts from the Neolithic Period.

Where are some good places to eat in Nafplio? 

Nafplio has many traditional taverns that are ideal for those who love indulging in classic Greek dishes and some of our favourite eateries include: Karamalis, To Omorfo Tavernaki, Kavalaris Corner Mezedopoleoi, and Pidalio. Also make sure to check out: Taverna Old House, Zournal, and Taverna O Vasilis. For casual dining try Trendy Grill or Menta, Arapakos for seafood, and Scuola for pizza and pasta. 

For something sweet? 

If you are in search of some good desserts around town, we recommend Pergamonto, which serves traditional Loukoumades (Greek honey puff donuts). For gelato check out Antica Gelateria di Roma and Gelarto. And for a variety of Greek sweets head to Central Boulangerie Bakery

Where do I go for a drink?

There’s a range of all-day cafes and bars where you can grab a great coffee or a luscious cocktail. When you’re in the mood for a drink, make your way to Kontogiorgos Café, Xenon Café, Arti, Teori Oldtown Bar, BluBlanc Beach Bar3 Sixty, Alkioni Wine Bar, Mediterraneo Wine & Deli, Sokaki Café, Teory, and Yacht

If I want to spoil myself?

Book yourself in to have an Ancient Greek massage at Panta Rei – or if drinking is your way of relaxing- head to Karonis Distillery Exhibition and Shop. Established in 1869, the spirit producing company is one of the oldest in Greece. The current owner makes ouzo, tsipouro, liqueurs, and brandy with the same passion as his forefathers.