Discover Nafplion


Nafplion Syntagma square

Nafplion enjoys a very sunny and mild climate, even by Greek standards, and as a consequence has become a popular day- or weekend road trip destination for Athenians in wintertime.

Nafplion is a port, with fishing and transport ongoing, although the primary source of local employment currently is tourism, with two beaches on the other side of the peninsula from the main body of the town and a large amount of local accommodation. There are frequent bus services from/to Athens (KTEL).


Mpourtzi Castle island

 


Nafplio is a seaport town in the Peloponnese in Greece that has expanded up the hillsides near the north end of the Argolic Gulf. The town was the first capital of modern Greece, from the start of the Greek Revolution in 1821 until 1834. Nafplio is now the capital of the regional unit of Argolis.


Name

The city was named Nauplia in ancient Greek and Latin. In Ionian Greek, it was also known as Naupliē.
In Byzantine Greek, several variants were used, including Náfplion, Anáplion, and Anáplia. The Turkish name of the town was Mora Yenişehri, after Morea, a medieval name for the Peloponnese, and “yeni şehir,” the Turkish for “new city”. In Italian, the town was formerly known as Napoli or Napoli di Romania, after the medieval usage of “Romania” to refer to the lands of the Byzantine Empire.

In modern Greek, the town is now called Nafplio, although English continues to employ Nafplion, Navplion, and Nauplia as well.

Geography

Nafplion view from Palamidi castle

Nafplion is situated on the Argolic Gulf in the northeast Peloponnese. Most of the old town is on a peninsula jutting into the gulf; this peninsula forms a naturally protected bay that is enhanced by the addition of man-made moles. Originally almost isolated by marshes, deliberate landfill projects, primarily since the 1970s, have nearly doubled the land area of the city.

 

Municipality

The municipality Nafplio was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 4 former municipalities, that became municipal units:

  • Asini
  • Midea
  • Nafplio
  • Nea Tiryntha

 

Source: wikipedia

 

 

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