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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 June 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 18 JUNE 2016 15 TRAVEL est kept secret is out Nafplion overview PHOTOS VISITGREECE.GR Bourtzi fortress, Nafplion array of great buildings: a mosque from the first Ottoman period, now a theatre, a mosque from the second period that became the parliament building, the Venetian Arsenal, a Mycenaean pastiche. Towering with an impressive view of the Argolic Gulf, the Palamidi Castle (east of Acronauplia), remains the symbol of the city, standing proud at 216 metres above sea level. Visitors that choose to climb all of its 999 steps carved into a rock, vouch that the view from above is more than rewarding. Palamidi is not only an excellent example of Venetian fortification; its historical significance traces back to when Nafplion's revolt against Ottoman rule was launched. Drenched in history, the town is also incredibly picturesque and renowned as one of the most romantic places in Greece. At sunset, couples, families and children stroll around the charming bay area enjoying views of the lighthouse, fishing boats, and the beautifully lit Palamidi fortress, standing on a rocky islet in the middle of the harbour. A romantic stroll along Arvanitia Promenade, the town's pedestrianised seaside road, leads to secluded sandy beaches and the infamous church of Panagitsa, known as the Santa Maria della Grotta which served as the town's secret school during Ottoman rule and offers an uninterrupted view of the Argolic Gulf. According to locals, Panagitsa is the perfect place to exchange vows of eternal love. Further east is the stately Orthodox Cathedral, and the Catholic Cathedral, serving as a memorial to foreign fighters in the War of Independence. A less obvious feature of Nafplion is the town's wonderful museums (The Archeological Museum, The War Museum, The Komboloi (worry-beads) Museum and the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation Museum) and art galleries (The National Gallery, The Nafplion Art Gallery, The Municipal Art Gallery, The Palamidi Public Gallery), which have plenty to offer visitors who wish to immerse themselves in art and history. Apart from all the aforementioned, Nafplion can also be used as a base for excursions to the northern towns of Mycenae and Nemea, where the great archaeological sites of the north Peloponnese stand proud, as well as the infamous ancient theatre of Epidavros a few miles further east. Drenched in history, culture, green landscapes and crystal clear beaches, Nafplion seems to have it all; therefore, make sure you include this irresistible destination in your travel plans, next time you wish to tick a bucket list-worthy trip, off your list.
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