8 days in Nafplio & Monemvasia Itinerary

8 days in Nafplio & Monemvasia Itinerary

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8 days in Nafplio & Monemvasia Itinerary

Start: Athens
Drive:  2​h
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: Athens


Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Attractions like Finikounda Beach and Lepitsa Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas and Wine Tours & Tastings. Step out of Nafplio to go to Nemea and see Domaine Bairaktaris, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Komboloi Museum, pause for some photo ops at Lion of Bavaria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Ayios Georgios, and look for gifts at T'Anapliotiko Bakaliko.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nafplio trip maker site .

Athens to Nafplio is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In October, Nafplio is a bit cooler than Athens - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Monemvasia.

Things to do in Nafplio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Domaine Bairaktaris, Lepitsa Beach, Finikounda Beach, DOMAINE SKOURAS / ΚΤΗΜΑ ΣΚΟΥΡΑ Ο.Α.Ε.
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Domaine Bairaktaris ©
Domaine Bairaktaris


Monemvasia ©
Monemvasia is a town and a municipality in Laconia, Greece. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kastania Cave and Plytras Beach. Step out of Monemvasia to go to Elafonisos and see Panagia Beach, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Collection of Monemvasia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Hrisafittisa, look for gifts at Edodimopolio Honey Shop, and don't miss a visit to Archealogical Site of Epidavros Limira.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Monemvasia trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nafplio to Monemvasia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monemvasia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plytras Beach, Panagia Beach, Kastania Cave
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Kastania Cave ©
Kastania Cave