Nafplio Tips and Recommendations
- Booking.com is the best website for booking hotels in Nafplio.
- The Best Hotels in Nafplio: 3Sixty Hotel & Suites • Grand Sarai Nafplio • Gambello Luxury Rooms
- The Best Hotels in Nafplio with Swimming Pools: Hotel Ippoliti • Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas
- Nafplio is a charming, romantic, and compact harbor town, easily traversed on foot. Most of Old Town Nafplio is pedestrianized, and parking can be scarce on the outskirts. A car isn’t necessary while staying in town.
- Nafplio is a great jumping-off point for day trips to the surrounding area. The Best Tours from Nafplio are Mycenae and Epidauros Day Tour • Olive Oil Tour • Hydra & Spetses Tour from Tolo (15 minute taxi ride away)
The 9 Best Places to Eat in Nafplio
1. Alaloum – $$
Map • +30 27520 28213
Excellent taverna, with huge portions and a wide range of menu items that include traditional Greek cuisine, grilled meats, fresh fish, pasta, and salads. The service is fast and friendly, and the house wine is better than most. Great value for your money. located on a quiet, narrow street between the Church of St George Square and Akronafplia Hill, with a second location on Boumboulinas Street next to the marina.
2. Pidalio Mezedopoleio – $$
Map • +30 27520 22603
This popular eatery is located on the edge of “New Town” Nafplio and specializes in meze and super-fresh seafood. The wine and food menus are both extensive, with uncommon specials such as boar with plums and quinoa-stuffed calamari. Portions are generous and prices are cheap. The interior is cozy, with seating that extends to the sidewalk out front. Well worth the 10-minute walk from Old Town.
3. 3Sixty – $$$
Map • +30 27520 28068
This gourmet grill and wine bar is attached to a swanky hotel with the same name, and is ideal for a special occasion or simply a break from the traditional taverna scene. The decor is trendy and upscale, with ample seating indoors and out. The menu is somewhat limited, comprising modern takes on traditional Greek fare and Greek interpretations of international dishes. Good wine selection and cocktails. Note that there is a live DJ at the bar most nights, and the music can get loud by the end of the evening – those in search of a quiet night should look elsewhere. Reservations recommended.
4. Aiolos Taverna – $$
Map • +30 27520 26828
Family-run, and family-friendly traditional taverna. The atmosphere is warm and cheerful, with hand-written menus and kids’ drawings lining the walls – and the service is friendly and attentive. The menu is standard taverna, with standouts including the drunken chicken and stuffed sweet horn peppers. Reservations recommended for larger groups, especially in the height of summer.
5. Mitato – $/$$
Map • +30 27520 21159
Great gyros and souvlaki in the heart of Old Town. Though they specialize in grilled meats, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu as well – and delicious house-made fries and chips. With its friendly and prompt service, Mitato is a perfect choice for a quick and inexpensive lunch.
6. Koustenis – $
Map • +30 2752 025301
The best ice cream in Nafplio. Quick service and great prices. With all flavors made on site, Koustenis offers all the regulars, plus nontraditional flavors like fig and mastica. The bargain price of 1.50€ for a single scoop justifies stopping here more than once. Easy to find along the main pedestrian shopping street in Old Town.
7. Vasilis Taverna • $$
Map • +30 27520 25334
Traditional taverna, centrally-located one street off Syntagma Square. Fresh salads and a good variety of vegetarian options as well as excellent home-cooked dishes like oven-roasted lamb, pork or rabbit stew, soutzoukakia (spiced meatballs), and a truly great moussaka. Live music some nights. Reservations are recommended for large parties.
8. Along the Marina – $$/$$$
If you’re looking for outdoor seating near the water, any of the seafood-centric restaurants on Boumpoulinas Street across from the marina are far superior to the touristy ones that along the harborfront, particularily Savouras.
9. Syntagma Square Cafes • $/$$
The restaurants that line Nafplio’s central square aren’t the best choice for a delicious dinner, but they make an excellent spot for a coffee or glass of wine as you watch the world go by. Kentrikon Cafe, in particular, located next to the Archaeological Museum, offers cool and comfortable tables under a large, shady plane tree.