Nafplio is one of Greece’s prettiest and most romantic towns. It occupies a knockout waterside location beneath the towering Palamidi fortress, and is graced with attractive narrow streets, elegant Venetian houses, neoclassical mansions and interesting museums.
It’s also chock-full of tavernas, posh boutiques and comfortable hotels and guesthouses. Because it’s a popular destination for locals from Athens, it fills up on weekends and gets overcrowded in high season.
Nafplio: The first capital of Greece
Nafplio was the first capital of Greece after Independence (between 1833 and 1834) and has been a major port since the Bronze Age. So strategic was its position on the Argolic Gulf that it had three fortresses: the massive principal fortress of Palamidi, the smaller Akronafplia, and the diminutive Bourtzi on an islet west of the old town.
“The town, though quite touristy, is still a charming and ideal base from which to explore many nearby ancient sites.”Lonely Planet