Nafplio

On of the most picturesque towns in Greece

Argolis, Nafplio Maps

Nafplio is a great cycling destination, since it combines a convenient location (1.5 hrs from Athens) with plenty cycling routes, which can cover every possible cycling expectation. Whether you are visiting for a few days, or more, cycling is the only activity that will enable you to get familiar with the rich cultural elements and the great cycling landscapes found in the greater region.

Cycling from high mountains, all the war to the sea

Here, cycling can be truly a joy. The variety of sceneries ensure a contact mind stimulation and boost on the mood to explore and go further. Traversing olive and tangerine trees, making coffee stops at remote and authentic villages, jumping into the water after returning back from every ride, are some of the perks that cyclists lavishly enjoy by selecting Nafplio to be their bike vacations spot.

The history besides the great cycling

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 capital of the First Hellenic Republic and the Kingdom of Greece, from the start of the Greek Revolution in 1821 until 1834. Nafplio is now the capital of the regional unit of Argolis.According to mythology; it was built by Nafplios, the son of Poseidon and Amumonis, the daughter of Europe and Egelados.

The city’s culture goes way back when Nafplio participated in the Argonautic expedition and in the Trojan War. Acronauplia is the oldest part of the city though a modern hotel has been built on it. Until the thirteenth century, it was a town on its own. The arrival of the Venetians and the Franks transformed it into part of the town fortifications. Other fortifications of the city include the Palamidi and Bourtzi, which is located in the middle of the harbour. Ancient walls, monuments, statues and sculptures and architectural masterpieces adorn the whole city.

Nafplio maintains a traditional architectural style with many traditional-style colourful buildings and houses, partly influenced by the Venetians, because of the domination of 1338-1540. Also, modern-era neoclassical buildings are also preserved, while the building of the National Bank of Greece is an example of Mycenaean Revival architecture.

Around the city, several sculptures and statues can be found. They are related mostly with the modern history of Nafplio, such as the statues of Ioannis Kapodistrias, Otto of Greece and Theodoros Kolokotronis.
Many activities are organized in Nafplio annually from races to art exhibitions, Nafplio consists the ultimate destination not only for families but for all.

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