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Greece's First Capital

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An April 2003 trip to Nafplion by Re Carroll

Elegant buildings Photo, Nafplion, Greece More Photos
Quote: Nafplio is a pretty little town whose history includes a stint as the capital of Greece. Tourism is big business here, but wandering the narrow lanes of the old town amid beautiful old pastel buildings, it’s easy to find peace, quiet, and a strong sense of Greek pride.

Greece's First Capital

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Overview

Elegant buildings Photo, Nafplion, Greece
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Legend says Nafplio was founded by Nafplios, the son of Poseidon. From that illustrious beginning, its history reflects periods of Greek, Venetian and Turkish rule. After the War of Independence, Nafplio became the first capital of Greece in 1829. Although their grandeur has faded slightly, many of the pastel colored buildings throughout town still retain a sense of elegance and beauty from this period. Nafplio is a town made for walking. The harbor front is lined with palm trees and tavernas featuring views of Bourtzi, the former Venetian prison on the tiny island in the middle of the bay. Numerous sets of stone stairs lead to two of the most interesting sights: the romantic ruins of Akronafpl...Read More

Pension D. Bekas

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Hotel

Pension D. Bekas Photo, Nafplion, Greece
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Bekas can best be summed up in one word: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!! (Ok, that’s three, but it’s worth repeating.) The pension is about as high up as you can go in Old Town and has stupendous views of town. The fact that the side view is of the Palamidi and the ruins of Akronafplia are just behind the pension is even more of a bonus. If the location has a down side, it is the fact that getting here entails a climb of over 100 uneven stone steps. Those with mobility problems or even lots of luggage might not find this manageable. I arrived at Bekas without a reservation and wanted to stay for three nights. Dimitris said he could offer me one room for two nights and then another one in a diff...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 3, 2003

Pension D. Bekas
Efthimiopoulou 26
Nafplion, Greece
(0752) 0 24594

Christophoros

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Restaurant

Christophoros Photo, Nafplion, Greece
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Staikopoulou street in Old Town is lined with tavernas serving good food at reasonable prices and Christophoros is one of the best. It’s not a large place -- about 10 tables outside and 10 in and all have blue and white checked tablecloths and blue wooden chairs with cane seats. Inside, the walls are a mix of plaster, rock, brick and wood and are lined with rows of wine bottles. It all comes together to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The menu is big on fresh fish including bouillabaisse, prawn and fish souvlaki, steamed prawns and kalamari. Non seafood fans can choose from veal, pork, chicken, moussaka, spinach pie, and there is even a children’s’ plate. With so ma...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 3, 2003

Christophoros
Staikopoulou 26
Nafplion, Greece
(07520) 21131

Ellas

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Restaurant

Ellas Photo, Nafplion, Greece
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I only had one day of rain during my 3.5 weeks in Greece and that was in Nafplio. It poured cats and dogs for most of the day and I felt very sorry for the many stray animals in Nafplio that like me, were trying to find a place to stay dry. Eating at a sidewalk taverna was out of the question but luckily, after leaving the Archaeological Museum, I spotted Ellas across the square. There was nobody at the outdoor tables, but the crowd of people inside the restaurant looked like they were enjoying themselves in spite of the gloomy weather. Ellas is quite a large restaurant with lots of windows that look onto Syntagma Square. The interior is very unpretentious and rather rustic with wood a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2003

Ellas
Syntagma Square
Nafplion, Greece
(0752) 27278

Nafplio Archaeological Museum

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Attraction

Nafplio Archaeological Museum Photo, Nafplion, Greece
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Nafplio’s museum is located in Syntagma Square in a three story building constructed by the Venetians in 1713. The building is so well constructed and the walls so thick that it will probably be around in 2713. Previously, offices occupied the main floor and the museum was located on the second and third floors. It appeared that they were going through renovations because only the second floor was open for visitors. This could explain why admission was free when it is normally 2 euro. The museum wasn’t all that large, possibly due to renovations but it still had some impressive exhibits. Their usual collection spans the ages from 8000 BC to 500 AD, quite an impressive time frame in Greek history...Read More

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Nafplio Archaeological Museum
Syntagma Square
Nafplion, Greece
+30 27520 27502

Nafplio's Forts

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Attraction

Nafplio's Forts Photo, Nafplion, Greece
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Nafplio has always been a much desired, strategically important city due to its natural harbor and the surrounding hills that provided strong harbor defense. Fortifications like Palamidi and Akronafplia were built, destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries to protect the city from attack. These forts still guard Nafplio, but today’s invaders are tourists who come for a slice of Greek history and the incredibly picturesque and wide ranging views from their foundations. Predominant is the Palamidi which towers above town. The present fortification was constructed by the Venetians in 1686 who planned to use it as their home base. Their plan to conquer the rest of the Peloponnese was foiled by the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 3, 2003

Nafplio's Forts
The hills above Nafplio
Nafplion, Greece

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Re Carroll

Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia

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