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Palamidi Castle, Nafplio

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Castle Tourist Spot
Built by the Venetians as a means of defending the city, Palamidi Castle presides over Nafplio from above. The Venetians built the fortress between 1711 and 1714, during their second occupation of the area. The fortress proved unsuccessful at protecting against invasion, however, and was taken over by the Turks in 1715 and then the Greeks in 1822. You can climb more than 900 steps from the town to the top of the fortress. At 216 m (709 ft) above town, the view of Nafplio and the gulf is your reward. Use the brochure provided at the entrance as your map for a self-guided tour. Plan to see Palamidi Castle and other attractions that appeal to you using our Nafplio family vacation planner.
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  • To do late in the day or early in the morning. Very nice view and take the car rather than 570 markets (except if you like challenges and sport) especially in the summer. It's the highlight of the visit to the town, which has alone is worth the trip!
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  • Super annoyed experience. We visited for a second time, because we think that it is very much worth seeing, and because we had decided to take this year's family photo on this place. This part of our visit was totally ruined, when a packed 3-foot did, that we were asked not to take pictures. An utterly pointless ban, which we were very bored and frustrated at:(and which were not communicated in any way before we were taking our pictures. Absolutely rock character to the staff for its bureaucratic and inflexible handling of the situation. AW AW AW. The fortress is still very tourist.
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  • Just avoid to mount the +/-1000 steps to the Sun, so to do in the morning preferably. And take some water.
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Where to stay in Nafplio

If you come to Nafplio to admire its Venetian architecture, book a room in the atmospheric old town. This central part of the city draws the biggest crowds, offering well-appointed rooms in boutique hotels and family-run guesthouses. The new town remains less frequented by tourists, providing clean rooms and good food a short drive from the city center. For fast access to Nafplio's ancient sites, explore the area's fishing villages, where many locals rent out simply furnished rooms near sandy beaches and secluded coves.
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