15 must-do activities and things to do in and around Nafplio

May 4th 2023 15 must-do activities and things to do in and around Nafplio

When it comes to exploring the region, Nafplio should be at the top of your list. This unique destination has something to offer for everyone, regardless of the season.

Getting back to nature and appreciating the wonders of the land is a precious pursuit these days, which is why we offer you the 15 top things to do in the area that will make your stay not just a holiday, but a real odyssey. Pack your bags and get ready to embark on an adventure you'll never forget! To navigate to a specific activity, use the short links below.


Argolis is one of those rare places with an abundance of breathtaking natural landscapes and fascinating geology at every turn. Its caves make for great hiking destinations—cool and shady during the summer, they can be perfect for escaping the dazzling sun. Some also take part in the area's vibrant history, so be prepared: There could be cultural discoveries in your day trip as well!

Start your journey at Didima, a tiny mountain village under an hour's drive from Perivoli Country Hotel & Retreat. From afar, the large crater which looms within the cliff face over this little settlement makes for an imposing sight. Although named Megali Spilia (Large Cave), it's actually considered to be a sinkhole, perfect for an exhilarating trekking session. Just bring your hiking shoes!

Also near Didima, its smaller counterpart, Mikri Spilia (Small Cave), gains in significance where it lacks in size. Visitors to this sinkhole quickly find that two Byzantine chapels have been built inside. The murals which were hand-painted on the walls of Agios Georgios in the 13th century are remarkably preserved, never failing to fill their viewers with awe. Metamorfosi Sotiros is also quite exceptional, since it was built into the surrounding rock. Both of these places of worship are completely unique, but don't see many daily visitors, so this might be the perfect destination if you're on the lookout for an area free of tourists. Mikri Spilia also provided protection to the villagers of Didima during multiple attacks and invasions, including during World War II. This adds another layer to the sacred nature of this place.

The journey back in time continues: Our next stop is near Porto Cheli, a charming little seaside town which is an hour away from Perivoli Country Hotel & Retreat by car. Franchthi Cave is one of those places in the world where humanity may have taken some of its first steps—ancient vestiges of prehistoric hunters have been found here, such as stone tools which date back as far as 28,000 BC. You can now walk through this cave which has witnessed our ancient beginnings, as wooden footpaths have been laid around its perimeter, along with information boards containing details about our earliest ancestors.

Every season is caving season here! Experience all aspects of these amazing destinations by exploring every nook and cranny.


From rolling vineyards to verdant orchards, the area is full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Cycling is a fantastic activity suitable for all ages, offering ample opportunities for exploration.

Wine enthusiasts can indulge in first-class wines at one of the nearby estates, where they can savor rich reds and crisp whites amidst a rustic setting. Meanwhile, secluded beaches dot the coastline, providing the perfect romantic getaway for couples looking to explore the seaside.

For a more adventurous excursion, guests can take a day cruise to the cosmopolitan islands of Hydra and Spetses and explore the breathtaking scenery on two wheels. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced cyclist, Perivoli Country Hotel & Retreat provides an ideal starting point for your cycling journey.

If you prefer a trip through the paved Akronafplia together with a knowledgeable local escort, look no further than our (guided) cycling tour in Nafplio—and get ready for wooded trails, golden beaches and breathtaking views of the crystal-clear waters of the Argolic Gulf.


Are you looking for a refreshing and invigorating way to cool off during hot summer days? Fortunately, Nafplio and Argolida offer some of the most enchanting beaches and coves in Greece, making swimming a must-do activity for anyone visiting the area.

Whether you prefer long sandy beaches or secluded coves with crystal-clear waters, you are guaranteed to find just the perfect spot for your swim. Karathonas and Arvanitia beaches in Nafplio are ideal for those looking for a lively and bustling atmosphere, with plenty of facilities for water sports such as water skiing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing.

On the other hand, if you prefer a more peaceful and secluded setting, head to Kondili or Ag. Nikolas beach in Vivari, or explore the many unexplored coves that dot the coastline. Pack your swimsuit, grab your sunscreen, and head to the beach for a fun-filled day of swimming and water sports.


Kayaking along the radiant shoreline is a truly fulfilling way to spend a day on vacation! How about paddling to the legendary Lost Atlantis of Argolida, built in 1,200 BC, on our Sunken City kayak tour? The medieval castles kayak tour leads you along the magnificent coastline and past four different fortresses, each rich in history and folklore tales from ancient to modern times.

One of the best places to start your own kayaking adventure is at Porto Cheli, located near the small town of Kranidi. From this starting point, you can embark on a tour of some of the most beautiful and unspoiled destinations along the coast that are unreachable by land. As you paddle through the crystal-clear waters, you'll discover hidden coves, secluded beaches, and mysterious caves that are surrounded by shady pines. Some of these pines grow enigmatically out of the cliffside, creating a surreal and magical atmosphere that can only be appreciated from the unique position of a kayak.

Whether you're an experienced kayaker or a beginner, there's something for everyone on a kayaking adventure. It's the perfect way to explore the beautiful coastline and connect with nature in a way that you simply can't do from the shore. And with the help of our knowledgeable guides, you'll be able to discover all of the hidden gems that the area has to offer, from secret beaches to hidden coves and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Get ready for an experience that you'll never forget!


Take a walk on the wild side, through breathtaking scenery with unequalled vistas and to unique places of cultural and historical interest. Perivoli Country Hotel & Retreat sits in the heart of the Argolis and is a certified Hikers Friendly hotel—need we say more? Read on about some of our suggestions and decide for yourself which one to do first!

Ancient trails and breathtaking landscapes await you on our (guided) hiking tour in Nafplio, which will take you on a journey through time and nature, along the coast of the Argolic Gulf to serene riverbanks.

A good and short hike to do in summer is the one from Nafplio town to Karathona Beach, which is just 2.5 kilometers away, via the sea road. For this Summer Stroll, begin your walk from the main car park in the town of Nafplio and enjoy the coastline vistas until you get to the small bay, where you will find four picturesque little churches, one of them dating back to the 15th century.

River Roam: The Erasinos River runs through Nea Kios, a small traditional fishing village full of fish taverns and coffee shops. Beginning where the colorful kaiki (fishing boats) are moored, make your way along the river as it meanders inland and then turn back towards the beach until you reach the Roumani swamp. Various bird species can be spotted here as this is one of the most important wetland habitats of the Argolis Prefecture.

Mentioned in Greek mythology for its fresh water springs and a bottomless lake said to lead to the underworld, Myli is a little village full of interesting facts. The walk up the hill to its Frankish tower, also known as Princess Tower, is the highlight of this Tall Stories hike. From the tower ruins, be prepared for great views of the coast both to the North and South, which you can enjoy while having a welcome picnic.

The 2,500 year-old country road from Ancient Epidaurus to Asclepius was once tread by the ancient Athenians. Known as the healing path, you can spend a few hours walking through scenic countryside along a dry creek lying at the bottom of a low ravine edged by pines and aromatic bushes on this Sacred Paths hike. Only about two kilometers in total, it is a lovely way to immerse yourself in the beauty and mystery of the area.

Golden Steps: Drive to the church of Ioannis Theologos at Nea Epidaurus and then head on foot towards Chrysospiliotissa, the Gold Cave. Sitting at a height of about 700 meters on Mount Acharneo, the views on the way up are truly outstanding. Pass the tiny village inhabited mainly by goats and chickens until you arrive at the cave, which houses a tiny little church adorned with Byzantine icons. Truly a golden opportunity to marvel at this sacred spot which has remained mostly unknown until now.

Lace up your hiking shoes and experience the magnificent natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of the region like never before!


Walking is the perfect activity for those who want to explore the area at their own pace and take in the breathtaking views that surround them.

Step back in time and explore the enchanting and romantic city of Nafplio on our (guided) city walking tour of Nafplio or join a culinary adventure through the charming streets of the Old City on our (guided) food tour in Nafplio.

To start your own journey on foot, take a walk up to Palamidi fortress, perched high atop a hill overlooking the town. The climb may be steep, but the panoramic view of the Bourtzi fortress sitting in the bay is well worth the effort. You will be rewarded with stunning views of the sea and the town below.

Continue your walking tour by visiting the Acronafplia fortress, which is situated behind the Old Town. This fortress, with its impressive ruins, is a must-see for any history enthusiast. The climb to the top is steep, but the stunning views of the surrounding area will make it all worthwhile.

For those who want to delve deeper into the rich history of the area, there are many important archaeological sites that are easily accessible on foot. Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Tyrins, and the Theater of Epidaurus are all within easy reach and evoke an alluring ambience of the past, offering visitors a unique opportunity to travel back in time.

Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll or a more challenging walk, Nafplio has something to offer for everyone.


The beautiful coastline is not only a beach lover's dream, it is also the perfect location in which to explore the secrets of the deep in some great diving spots.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, the sea surrounding Nafplio and generally the peninsula of the Argolis offers a world of mesmerizing wonder for those who seek it and several diving schools can be found in the area. If you have always wanted to try scuba diving, now is your chance, with courses available for all levels, rental equipment for individual divers and also organized boat trips to diving sites. Some dives can even be arranged at night, which is a magical experience that will remain with you forever.

Don't miss this opportunity to explore the secrets of the sea!


Get buzzed with an unforgettable experience in the enchanting world of bees on our beekeeping tour in Nafplio!

Led by experienced beekeepers, you'll explore the intricate society of bees and witness the fascinating process of harvesting honey. Taste various types of honey straight from the hives and delve into the rich history of beekeeping.

Don't miss this unique and fragrant adventure through the picturesque orange groves of the Argolic plain!


Explore hidden gems, secluded beaches and caves aboard a traditional or modern sailing boat. Try SUP (standup paddle boarding) or snorkeling, and indulge in Mediterranean flavors and Nemean wines while immersing yourself in awe-inspiring views. Our experienced skipper will cater to your every need, ensuring your comfort and enjoyment throughout your voyage.

From a calm morning sail to an epic full-day cruise, our Argolic Gulf sailing tour offers the perfect blend of adventure, comfort, and relaxation. Set sail and experience the ultimate sailing adventure.

Another way to enjoy the pleasure of sailing is with a catamaran. How about a sailing trip on the graceful Melissanthi? Comfort and safety are the main features of this kind of craft and the 12.80-meter length means that there is plenty of space for a family or group to spend the day at sea, dipping in the refreshing waters and admiring the amber sunsets before returning to shore.

Take advantage of the code Perivoli when making your reservation and benefit from a discount of between 10% and 40%. For more details and in order to book your trip, please visit melissanthi-yacht.gr.


Be a shepherd for a day on this immersive tour just an hour's drive from the archaeological site of Epidaurus.

Get to know a warm and hospitable family who have been shepherding for three generations, tour their facilities, and try your hand at milking goats or sheep. Afterwards, take a leisurely walking tour of the surrounding countryside, learn to cook traditional specialties, and enjoy a Greek lunch together with the family.

With stunning views and warm hospitality, this tour is ideal for families looking for an authentic taste of the Greek countryside.


Merely an hour and twenty minutes away from Perivoli Country Hotel & Retreat lies the idyllic region of Arcadia, where white-water rafting is the absolute unmissable activity.

Its breathtaking Lousios River passes through a steep gorge and glides past lush scenery, majestic waterfalls and quaint stone bridges.

Once there, lessons as well as equipment will be provided so that even beginners can join in on the fun, and an instructor will be present in each raft to ensure a safe journey.


Experience the best of Greece with two guided tours that will tantalize your senses and leave you with unforgettable memories!

Embark on our Epidaurus olive oil tasting tour and discover the secrets of modern olive oil production at a state-of-the-art facility. Indulge your senses in a sensory experience like no other, as you savor the delicate flavors and aromas of premium olive oils and olives paired with exquisite sweet and salty foods.

Alternatively, our wine tasting tour in Nemea takes you through picturesque vineyards, ancient Greek history, and exceptional wines, including crisp, aromatic whites and bold, fruity reds. Delve into the culture and history of Greek wine, discover the intricacies of the wine-making process in two award-winning wineries, and taste a variety of exquisite Greek wines native to the region.

Don't miss out on these unique combinations of culture, history, and flavor!


Nafplio's crags are poised dramatically above the waves, but the solid limestone they are made of provides a steady foothold and the area's mild climate makes this a great place to be during those cooler months of the year.

Those who would like to take in panoramic views from a higher altitude can do so at Didima, a mountainous crag less than an hour's drive from Perivoli Country Hotel & Retreat.

This area is 1,100 meters above sea level, so it remains blissfully cool in the summer months and is always shady during the afternoon hours. It is equipped with more than 70 routes, with varied levels of difficulty. There are routes for beginners, seasoned climbers, and even family expeditions.


Don't miss the opportunity to paraglide over the wilderness of the Peloponnese. With your starting point at Mount Arachneo, less than an hour's drive from Perivoli Country Hotel & Retreat, enjoy the mythical views of Epidaurus and its surrounding coastline from an astounding vantage point in the clouds—whilst certified instructors guide you every step of the way.

All you need to bring is courage and excitement. Necessary equipment can be rented on-site. Are you ready for this once-in-a-lifetime experience in one of the most breathtaking areas?


During the months of autumn, Nafplio's warm, welcoming climate attracts many visitors, not few of which are of the winged variety. Those who walk along the coast of this scenic town may glimpse more than Venetian architecture. Stunning birds can often be seen in the sea, many of which are native to more tropical temperatures and are merely here for a short stop on their migration journey, some even endangered species. Take a short drive to Nafplio from Perivoli Country Hotel & Retreat for an unforgettable birdwatching adventure.

Few visitors to Nafplio know that it is actually a frequent stop in the migration pattern of flamingos. Despite their slender appearance, flamingos are actually very durable and can withstand conditions that most animals cannot. In fact, alkaline and highly saline lakes are their favorite habitat—once there, they feed on blue-green algae which most would find to be highly poisonous. This is not the case for these fascinating birds, which can consume it in large amounts. This unique underwater growth is the source of their pink color, which they acquire over time.

In the shallow coastal waters of Nafplio, hundreds of black-winged stilts are known to land during spring months, transforming the waterfront into a viewing spot for stunning birdlife. Though only 35 cm in height, these radiant creatures can be easily pointed out because their long red legs are not tucked in during flight. Their black wings and white bellies also provide a contrast that makes them hard to miss. The population of Argolis feels truly grateful for this yearly visit from such a breathtaking endangered species of wildlife.

Another bird in need of our protection, the black stork, has been seen in the wetlands of Nafplio as well. A meter in height, this impressive creature is sure to grab your attention. It usually prefers its solitude, building nests in tall trees in the woodlands, so watch carefully.


Experience the vibrant pulse of Nafplio by visiting one (or, if you're the ambitious type, all) of the ten must-attend festivals and events in and around Nafplio.

With an abundance of events taking place throughout the year, you'll be sure to find something to suit your interests—whether you're an avid dancer, music lover, culture fan, or athlete. Immerse yourself in the colorful carnival festivities or step back in time and witness the historic reenactments of the Battle of Nafplio.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to be part of the rich cultural tapestry of this magnificent town!


If you have more time to spare during your stay, we recommend embarking on one of our favorite seven impressive day-trips from Perivoli Country Hotel & Retreat.

From the ancient city of Corinth to picturesque seaside villages and nearby islands, there are endless possibilities for exploration and adventure in the surrounding area.

No matter which day-trip you choose, you are sure to be amazed by the stunning natural beauty and rich history of the surrounding areas.

Let Perivoli Country Hotel & Retreat be your guide and discover the outdoors in a whole new light. Whether you're looking to immerse yourself in history and culture or simply soak up the natural beauty of the area, we've got you covered!

Stretch your limits in the refreshing environment of Nafplio as you enjoy the most exciting experiences the area has to offer—and get ready for adventures that will last a lifetime!

For any questions, feel free to contact our team and we will do our level best to make your vacation an unforgettable one.



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