One of the most beautiful towns in Agrolis, the Eastern Peloponnese, and one of Greece’s most romantic cities, elegant, architecturally homogenous. Nafplion is a palimpsest upon which its many conquerors have written their turbulent stories over the centuries: the Franks, the Venetians and the Ottomans all contributed to the incomparable mien of this lovely port, which greets its many visitors with its ancient city walls, its castles, its Ottoman fountains, its Venetian houses and its neoclassical mansions. Plateia Syntagmatos, the lively heart of the city, is much as it was in the 1700s.
According to mythology, Nafplion was founded by Náfplios, the son of Poseidon and Danaus (Danaida) Anymone. The town’s history begins in prehistory, when its soldiers took part in both the Argonaut expedition and the Trojan War. A major port since the Bronze Age, Nafplion endured a long decline under the Roman Empire, but grew and thrived as part of the Byzantine Empire, when it was a key commercial and strategic port. The city saw many fierce battles between the Ottomans and the Venetians, who built most of its medieval quarter between 1686 and 1715. From 1828 until 1834 it was the first capital of liberated Greece.
Famed for its spectacular theater and known throughout the Hellenistic world for its unique medical facilities, the Sanctuary of Epidaurus, A UNESCO World Heritage site, was a therapeutic and religious center dedicated to Asklepios. Epidaurus was active from the 2nd century BC until at least the 2nd century A.D. Its principal monuments –– are considered some of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture.
Nemea has been a wine region since ancient times, with vineyards sprawled across its hillsides, plains and plateaus – the vineyards of the Peloponnesus are known for their complexity and diversity. The first reference to the wine traditions of the Peloponnese is from Homer, who referred to the area as “Ampeloessa” (full of vines). According to archaeological excavations, wine was first produced in Nemea almost 3500 years ago. Some of Greece’s most well-known wineries are found in Nemea.
One of the greatest of the Mycenaean civilization that dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th century BC and played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture – both Mycenae and nearby Tiryns, UNESCO World Heritage sites, are indissolubly linked to The Iliad and The Odyssey.
Because of its small distances, everything can be reached on foot. Especially in old town, there are few areas in which cars are allowed to pass through. Alternatively, you can take a horse carriage or the small train for a tour in the town. You will see remarkable landmarks, such as Agios Gerorgios, Agios Spyridonas, the fortress Palamidi and the castle of Bourtzi.
Romantic Nafplion, the First Capital of Greece, Nemea Wine Tasting
Bring the one you love to one of Greece’s most romantic cities.
Ancient Theater of Epidaurus and Nafplion
Come see the Sanctuary of Epidaurus, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Ancient Mycenae & Epidaurus & Nafplion
This excursion is an unforgettable tour of both Mycenae, a fortified Bronze Age Palace, and of Epidaurus, an ancient therapeutic and religious center.