One of the most beautiful towns in the eastern Peloponnese as well as one of the most romantic cities all over Greece. According to mythology, the town was founded by Nafplios, the son of god Poseidon.
During the Greek War of Independence, Nafplio was a major Ottoman stronghold and was besieged for more than a year. The town finally surrendered because of starvation and Nafplio became the first capital of the newly born Greek state between 1823 and 1834.
The town’s history traces back to the prehistoric era when soldiers from here participated in the expedition of the Argonaut and the Trojan War. The town declined during the Roman times and flourished again during the Byzantine times. Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors left their mark in the town and strongly influenced its culture, architecture and traditions during the centuries. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statues, Ottoman fountains and Venetian or neoclassical buildings provide a unique and fascinating blend of architecture and beauty.