What is the Greece of your dreams? Great beaches and lively bars? Beautiful scenery and picturesque towns? Archaeological treasures and a tasty meal in a local tavern?

In Argolis you can have all this and more. Forget the overcrowded and touristy islands, only a couple of hours drive from Athens, adventure awaits you. Argolis, a prefecture on the Peloponnese peninsula, is the real Greece, and Nafplio is one of the most elegant and romantic cities in the country - a perfect base for a holiday in a Greece that is even better than what you may imagine. Nafplio was the first capital of Greece, and beauty, culture, history and tradition characterize this wonderful city. By the way, this is not just a summer vacation destination. Unless you want a pure sun & beach holiday, your visit to Nafplio and Argolis could be just perfect all year round.


 




beautiful NAFPLIO

Nafplio is located less than two hour’s drive by car from Athens, on the Peloponnese peninsula. The beautiful old city has a wealth of narrow alleyways and streets, steep stairs, taverns serving delicious Greek food, lively bars, clubs and cafés, a lovely seafront promenade, and enough sights to fill a week or two. But the best is perhaps just being in this wonderful city, watch the sun go down behind the mountains, colouring the bay red, or relax in the central square and look at the playful children, couples, friends and families enjoying food, wine or frappé - just like you.











LOVELY Argolis

Argolis (also called Argolida), is the "thumb" of the Peloponnesian peninsula, filled with small villages by the sea and in the mountains, beautiful nature, alluring beaches, and Minoan and ancient monuments around every corner. Among them are Epidavros, one of the best preserved amphitheatres in existence; the Mycenaean city that has given the era name, Mycenae or Mykines; and the Mycenaean fortress Tyrins - all on the Unesco World Heritage List. Not bad for a county of 2,154 sq km.

 

Argolis is the real Greece, and Nafplio is the most wonderful town you can visit.

Cut off by mountains and the sea, Argolis may be a place apart from the rest of the Peoponnese, but in Greek history and myth it has often held centre stage - Myceneae, Tiryns, Troezen, Epidauros, Argos and Lerna are here, and, for anyone who has gazed or even snacked on the classics, the province is a full five-course banquet. For dessert there’s the capital of Argolis, ancient Myceneae’s port Nafplio, the Peloponnese’s most beautiful city.


(Cadogan guides Peloponnese and Athens)

Greeks know that the best oranges come from Argolis. Eat some in the season: winter and spring. And smell the flowers in the spring, the fragrance is divine!

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