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Day 4: Spetses - Nafplion

7 day route to the Saronic Islands


Ancient little Nafplio is rightly considered one of the most beautiful and interesting places in Greece. Legend links the town’s origins with Poseidon’s son Nauplius – the inspiration for the town’s current name.

Over the course of its centuries-long history, Nafplio has belonged to different states, with the Venetians and Turks exerting the greatest impact on its development. From the days of their rule, modern-day Nafplio inherited – and continues to be the home of – several fortresses (the Italian Palamidi, the Turkish Bourtzi), Baroque buildings, churches and mosques, and narrow cobbled lanes with bright, multi-coloured houses. The most picturesque part of the town is Acronafplia, or the “inner castle.” The old town is perfect for leisurely strolls. There is no vehicle traffic here – just plenty of fragrant flowers and shade trees growing between the stone walls.