The Castles of Nafplion


Nafplion has three castles, the Palamidi castle that overlooks the whole town from high on its hilltop, the Acronafplia castle located at the foot of the Palamidi and the Bourtzi castle located on the island in the harbour. From any one of the three the views are spectacular so don't forget your camera!

Palamidi Castle

The Palamidi Castle (216m above sea level) towers above the whole of Nafplion, a huge castle spread out on top of the hill with breathtaking views, where the governor, Theodoros Kolokotronis was imprisoned.

Acronauplia Castle

The Acronafplia Castle, closer to sea level is a small peninsula that juts out into the bay of Nafplion consisting of three independent castles the oldest of which is fortified with Cyclopean walls.

Bourtzi Fort

The picturesque Bourtzi Castle situated in the harbour, first built in 1473 has a rich history having been built by the Venetians. It is the most photographed spot in Nafplion and one of the most photographed castles in Greece is accessible by small boats waiting along the harbour. The Acronafplia and Bourtzi castles were connected by a huge chain during the Venetian rule of Nafplion as protection against attacking ships.  

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