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About Nafplio

A romantic port town made up of elegant Venetian houses lining narrow streets, Nafplio was the first modern capital of Greece. It attracts a happy mix of visitors and the best places to stay in Nafplio reflect this with a wide range of accommodation from pensions and guest houses to boutique hotels.

Weekending Athenians mingle with international travellers in the cafes and tavernas along the waterfront, browsing the upmarket boutiques and sampling the local cuisine.

Some of its beauty, and romance comes from its position, beneath the Palamidi Fortress, a vast citadel built on top of an outcrop of rock 200 metres above Nafplio's port. But this is an ancient town and so the fortress is not its only attraction, there are many museums, several smaller forts and some charming churches to explore.

Nafplio has been an important Greek port since the Bronze Age, and has been targeted, and taken by the Venetians, Franks and Ottomans, who all left marks on the architecture and culture of what's now a relatively small town. It was the constant threat of invasion which lead to the construction of three different fortresses in Nafplio:

  • the Palamidi Fortress, which is the spectacular, Venetian style citadel sitting atop the rocky outcrop;
  • the Akronafplia Fortress, which is the oldest, dating back to the Bronze Age, and sits above the oldest part of town, and used to mark the town's walls;
  • and Bourtzi, also built by the Venetians, which sits on an islet just west of the main port.

The Old Town, which covers the peninsula, is the most romantic part of town and is one of the best places to stay in Nafplio if you appreciate fine architecture. It has a very Italian feel to it, but look closer and you'll begin to see the Byzantine and Ottoman influences. Everything within the Old Town is within walking distance and one of the greatest pleasures of any stay here is just strolling the lovely streets.

The area around Psaromachala, is less grand than the other parts of town, but has its own Greek Island feel. Several of the larger mansions in this area have been converted in to guesthouses, and this is one of the best places to stay in Nafplio if you want to feel like you're away from other visitors.

Some of the little fishing villages around Nafplio are worth exploring, and you'll discover some beautiful lagoons, quiet beaches, picturesque old churches and friendly tavernas.

What Not To Miss

  • Nafplio has a fascinating Archaeological Museum, which is set in one of the beautiful old Venetian buildings overlooking Syntagmatos Square, Nafplio's main square.
  • The Nafplio branch of the National Gallery is also housed in a particularly lovely building.
  • Alternatively, spend an afternoon at the well-regarded Folklore Museum or the War Museum.
  • The ancient town of Argos is also worth popping out to if you get a chance, it's quiet and rural now, but it's also thought to be the oldest town in Europe.
  • Lastly, Nafplio is an excellent base for visiting Mycenae and the Epidaurus Theatre.

During the summer high season, like elsewhere in Greece, the town can get very booked up so in order to snag one of the best places to stay in Nafplio be sure to book well in advance.

The Best Places to Stay in Nafplio

For those on a budget

Given that some of the best places to stay in Nafplio are guesthouses, there will be something for everyone no matter what your budget is. Our favourite is:

  • The Hotel Byron. This townhouse has been converted from an ancient building, right in the heart of the old town.  Take one of the balcony rooms and you'll have a wonderful view of the rest of the town and the sea. With rooms starting from only €40 per night B&B, the value is unbeatable.

For an old town location

  • The Aetoma Hotel is a must. The hotel has been created from an 18th-century mansion and is located in the heart of the Old Town. Its five rooms are traditional and comfortable and some enjoy marvellous sea views. Breakfast is a highlight too, with home-made bread and jams.

For luxury

  • The Nafplia Palace is one of the best places to stay in Nafplio if you're here for a special occasion, or you just want to treat yourself to a beautiful setting, sweeping sea views, a private beach and plenty of luxury.

For An Apartment or Villa

If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering apartment then we suggest you browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • If you're here for the weather then come in July and August, with the average temperature rising to 31°C in these months.
  • This, however, is peak season, so for a cheaper and quieter alternative consider coming in the spring or autumn instead.
  • Fly into Athens International Airport before taking a bus or a train over to Nafplio.
  • If you fancy the freedom of having a car then browse through the wide selection available with our partner, Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Nafplio

  • Nafplion 1841 6 rooms from AU$82

    Nafplio (Peloponnese)

    This traditional, family-run hotel is situated on an idyllic street in central Nafplio. The individually styled rooms have modern, hand-selected furnishings; the best have a balcony overlooking the pretty town. Enjoy breakfast on the picturesque terrace at this smart yet homely bed and breakfast.

    Active Holiday  -  With great hiking opportunities in the surrounding Nafplio countryside, this hotel is a great pit stop on your active holiday
    Romantic Break  -  The picturesque location and pretty, bright suites make this hotel a favourite with couples
    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of Nafpoli, this hotel is the perfect base for local exploring
    Great walks  -  Discover the natural beauty of the Nafplio landscape on a long walk or hike; enquire with the hotel for recommendations
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels
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  • Amymone Guesthouse 9 rooms from AU$97

    Nafplio (Peloponnese)

    This boutique guesthouse is in the Gialos neighbourhood of Nafplio. Sitting within a restored heritage building, suites are individually styled with unique, retro design pieces and commissioned artworks; the best offer a private jacuzzi. Pop into the Adiandi café for a coffee; a charming hotel.

    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the retro atmosphere of the hotel and the relaxed café, with traditional Greek breakfasts a particular favourite
    City Style  -  Close to the old town and the seafront, and located in a heritage building, there's plenty of city style here
    Local exploring  -  This hotel is the perfect base for local exploring, with all the main landmarks within walking distance
    Great walks  -  Walk in the picturesque alleys of Nafplio, visit the most popular sites and experience its hidden gems with a local tour leader
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  • Adiandi Boutique Hotel 7 rooms from AU$97

    Nafplio (Peloponnese)

    This boutique hotel is located in Nafpoli's old town on a quiet pedestrian street. The themed rooms are individually styled and feature artworks by Italian artist Francesco Moretti; expect upcycled décor and cosy linens. Enjoy a homemade Greek breakfast in the Adiandi Café. A delightful guesthouse.

    Active Holiday  -  With the historic town, seafront and surrounding countryside all close by, there's plenty to keep you active here
    Local exploring  -  Located in the centre of Nafpoli, this hotel makes a great base for local exploring
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the unique décor of the suites at this boutique hotel
    Great walks  -  Take a hike through ancient paths and discover archaeological monuments overlooking the beautiful waters of the Argolic Gulf
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  • Hotel Byron, Nafplio 17 rooms from AU$108

    Nafplio

    Small, pretty townhouse hotel with balconies and views and a sunny terrace above the harbour, a good value base for local exploring.

    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Traditional
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  • Nafsimedon Hotel 13 rooms from AU$111

    Nafplio (Peloponnese)

    This hotel sits within an elegantly renovated 19th-century mansion in Nafplio. Rooms feature crisp white linens and have dark wood and brass accents in keeping with the hotel's heritage; the largest suites can accommodate up to 4 people. Enjoy breakfast in the garden at this historic hotel.

    Honeymoons  -  Book the hotel's honeymoon package for a stay with added romantic touches, including a four-poster bed
    Local exploring  -  Situated in the heart of Nafplio, this hotel is a great base for exploring the local historic sights
    Romantic Break  -  The heritage building and pretty gardens score highly with couples
    Great walks  -  Explore the beautiful natural landscape on a hike; enquire with the hotel regarding marked trails
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  • Aetoma Hotel 5 rooms from AU$116

    Nafplio

    Charming 'neoclassical' pension in an 18th century mansion in the old Venetian town of Nafplio with wonderful sea views. An excellent base for exploring ancient Greek sites in the Peloponnese. Family run, the delightful owners give a warm welcome. Everything from the jams to the bread are homemade.

    Town  -  Picturesque streets and alleys, neoclassical architecture, Venetian balconies, old forts, cafes and restaurants
    Local exploring  -  The historic seaport of Nafplio is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Greece
    B+B  -  Wonderful breakfasts in the sunny first floor dining room served until midday!
    Families
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  • Xenon Inn 6 rooms from AU$156

    Nafplio (Peloponnese)

    This smart period hotel is located in a landmark building in Syntagma Square, Nafplio. The building has been lovingly restored, with exposed stone walls and antique, dark wood furniture. The best suites have separate living space and a terrace. Pop in to the hotel café for a coffee. A luxury stay.

    Local exploring  -  You can't get a more central location than this hotel, which makes it a perfect base for exploring the local sights
    Romantic Break  -  The traditional décor and beautiful heritage building create a wonderfully romantic setting for a couple's getaway
    City Style  -  Located in Syntagma Square - one of Nafplio's most famous landmarks - this hotel has reams of city style
    Great walks  -  Explore the surrounding unspoiled countryside on a long walk; do it on your own or enquire with the hotel for guided tours
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  • 3Sixty Hotel & Suites 7 rooms from AU$160

    Nafplio (Peloponnese)

    This boutique hotel occupies a renovated neoclassical residence in Nafplio. Rooms boast luxurious linens and regal furnishings in keeping with the hotel's history; the best suites have a cosy fireplace. Dine at the grill-oriented restaurant or have a drink at the sleek bar. A smart heritage hotel.

    Local exploring  -  The hotel is perfectly located for exploring the historic sights, as well as bars, restaurants and cafés of Nafplio
    Foodies  -  Grill fanatics will love the hotel's grill restaurant, with its focus on premium, organic meat
    Romantic Break  -  The neoclassical suites provide a romantic backdrop for a couple's holiday
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Acronauplia, the walled settlement of Nauplion from ancient times until the end of the 15th century
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels
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  • Amphitryon Hotel 45 rooms from AU$212

    Nafplio 211 00

    Seafront hotel in Greece's ancient capital. The terrace has lovely romantic views of the harbour, while interiors are chic and smart. Expect bright airy rooms with simple modern fittings, and a delicious mix of Greek and Mediterranean food at the hotel's two restaurants. A wonderful sun filled base!

    Local exploring  -  Set on the town's seafront, great for both coastal exploration and visiting the ancient sights of the town and surrounding area
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the town's impressive Palamidi Fortress and Bourtzi Fortress
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • Hotel Ippoliti 19 rooms from AU$238

    Nafplio

    A neoclassical mansion turned refined boutique in central Nafplio. The charming suites offer Italian furnishings, marble floors, reproductions of famous artworks and most offer balconies. The central courtyard and pool are a real coup, and the off-site restaurant is utterly delicious! A rare find.

    Local exploring  -  A quiet haven nestled between two pedestrian streets, just a short stroll from Nafplio’s central square and the harbourfront
    Sights nearby  -  Just a short stroll from Nafplio’s central square, filled with shops, museums and attractions
    Full of character
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Nafplia Palace 84 rooms from AU$308

    Nafplio

    Highly luxurious hotel in a beautiful setting. Sea-facing rooms and suites in contemporary style with private balconies, all the mod cons and private pools. Two excellent restaurants, pool, and private beach. A holiday haven for romantics.

    Views  -  Over the Bay of Argolis
    Luxury
    Beach Life
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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