Places to Visit in Nafplion | Historical Monuments Peloponnese | Argolida Archaeological Sites | Visits near Nafplion
Ancient Theatre of Epidavros
The Ancient Theatre of Epidavros is one of the best preserved ancient theatres in the world. Known for its acoustics the theatre and the Temple of Asklipios are well worth a visit just 30 minutes away from Nafplio. During the summer, you can visit the theatre and enjoy a play, which is definitely a unique experience.
The birthplace of the now world famous Olympic Games. Situated in a beautiful location about 3 hours away from Nafplion. The city was founded in the 8th century B.C. and today it’s extensive ruins are a must visit, including places such as the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera and other such as the baths, houses and training areas. Also the Archaeological museum, that houses findings from the area and the Stadium which is but a few minutes away by car, are worth a visit.
Ancient Asini, a place not that well known but of archaeological significance. Used as a port by Mycenae and referenced in Homer’s Iliad as a departing place for Mycenaean ships heading for Troy. Situated on a headland at the end of Tolo, about 15 minutes away from Nafplion.
One of the wealthiest cities in Ancient Greece. Due to it’s advantageous and strategic placement, it controlled all of the traffic to and from the Peloponnese. It’s fortress up on a hill, the Acrocorinth, the ancient city at the foot of it and the port Lechaion, make up the city.
The Corinth Canal, an idea that started in 600 B.C. but with not much progress. It was eventually accomplished in the late 19th century. It separates the Peloponnese from the rest of the Greek mainland and was intended as a passage for ships.
Nemea known worldwide for it’s wineries since ancient times and for the lesser known Nemean Games. The Games were held every 4 years in between the Olympic Games. Also visit the Temple of Zeus and excavated ruins and take a guided tour of the vineyards and taste the locally produced wine.
Ancient Mycenae, an ancient city so important it characterized a whole era. Historically one of the most important civilizations with fleets reaching most of the Aegean Sea, leaders in the art of trading. Visit the ancient ruins of a place inhabited since the 7th millennium B.C.
Athens, the capital city of Greece. Situated high above the city, the Parthenon stands tall, under it the theatre of Herodes Atticus. Athens is a must visit while in Greece, with so many places of interest such as the new Archaeological museum and many other museums & sites.
Argos Ancient Theatre
The Ancient Theatre of Argos, one of the largest ancient theatres in Greece, with a capacity of approximately 20,000 seats, it was visible from the Argolic Gulf. Located in the castle hill in the southeastern side of it and also connected with the agora it stood above the ancient city.
Greek Pyramid of Hellinikon
The structure dates back to the late 4th century B.C. This impressive architectural monument is built entirely out of grey limestone and even though it is very intriguing there are not many written references of the pyramid, Pausanias regards the structure as a possible group monument for the citizens of Argos.
Delphi, considered in Ancient Greece to be the centre of the earth, or the naval of the earth. It became famous as the oracle, that ancient Greeks consulted for their important decisions.
Byzantine City of Mystras
Byzantine monasteries and churches inhabit the hillside of Mt. Taygetos, close to Sparta. Mystras a medieval city served as the capital of the Byzantine Despotate in the 14th and 15th century A.D.
Monemvasia also known as “The Gibraltar of Greece” or “The Rock” is a medieval town hidden from the mainland. A fortified town connected to the mainland by a bridge and only accessible by it, hence the name “Monemvasia” (in greek it means “moni + emvasi” which translates to only entrance).
Tolo used to be a traditional fishing village, when it began to get popular as a holiday destination. The history of the place dates back to the Mycenaean era, when as said before was referenced in Homer’s Iliad, next to Ancient Asini. Now it is a great place for relaxation and well worth visiting for a swim.
Museum of Natural History Ligourio
The Museum of Natural History in Ligourio, just 5 km away from the Ancient Theatre of Epidavros. There are 6.000 articles exhibited out of the 22.000 articles it possesses. A very impressive exhibition considered to be one of the richest in all of Europe. The visitors will see fossils of 3 million to 530 million years old, from Greece and other places in the world.