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Palamidi Castle, Nafplio
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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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  • The castle is very well preserved & great to wander round, though there could have been more information about what life was like there - I didn't feel like I could relive the history. Nevertheless, i...  more »
  • If someone goes in Nafplio absolutely must climb up the Palamidi. This become either walk (999 steps) or by car. The castle is in very good condition but the view is simply amazing.
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  • Lots to explore in this old fortress. As expected, much of it is crumbling and thus, the surfaces are uneven. Be sure to wear sneakers if you plan on climbing to the top.