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Nafplio

Old Nafplion is one of the most beautiful towns in Greece. The former capital of Greece may remind visitors of the Plaka but it's on the sea. With two mountains crowned by medieval fortresses overlooking the town and the small island fortress called the Bourtzi that once protected the harbor, Nafplion is full of restaurants, shops, cafes, beautiful old buildings,hotels of all catagories and a beach that you can walk to in ten minutes. The main platia called Syntagma (Constitution) Square, is paved in marble and surrounded by historical buildings including a Turkish mosque cafes, shops, a bank and a hotel. Old Nafplio is a timeless city. Streets that are barely if ever used by automobiles, shops, restaurants and cafes selling the same things they have been selling all century (with the exception of the tourist shops) and people who have a simple elegance. Nafplio is a sophisticated little city that will certainly remind you of a more romantic age than the one we are in now. Nafplion is a good alternative and just a 2 hours drive from Athens. It is also convenient to the important ancient sites of Myceneae, Epidavros, Nemea, Argos and Corinth.