Akronafplia Fortress was originally a town in itself and is located in the ancient part of the city of Nafplion.
Formerly an ancient acropolis, it was first built in the 3rd century with walls that top 85 metres high. Akronafplia was enhanced over the centuries and has influences from both the Venetians and the Franks. Interestingly, until about 80 years ago it was used as a prison by the Greek government but is now one of the top attractions in Nafplion.
Attracting many visitors each year, this impressive fortress has amazing views over the town and the sea. After a walk around the huge stone walls, you can pay a visit to the nearby Church of Our Lady of The Cave – Santa Maria Della Grotta.
Two other castles and several museums are also near to this stunning fortress, which is the oldest of the three.
The Nafplia Palace Hotel now occupies part of the site and there are small cafes and restaurants so you can get refreshments after your visit. This is also one of the best places in Greece to view the sunset at the end of the day.
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Nafplion is charming and considered to be one of the great romantic towns in Greece. It lies 166 kilometres from Athens Airport and around 150 kilometres from the city. You can get there by driving or take the bus.
From the town there are two routes to the fortress. You can go east from Staikopoulos Park or walk up through the gate of the Castle of Toroni.