The Palamidi Fortress, located 216 metres above sea level, is one of the greatest Venetian fortifications and is a top attraction of Nafplio. The castle has a fascinating history as it was built by the Venetians, and then captured by the Ottomans and then the Greeks. Tourists must make it a point to visit this well-preserved fortification not only for its beauty and architecture and for its historical significance but also for the spectacular views it offers of Nafplio, the Argolic Bay and the mountains of Arcadia. Visitors will come across the remains of a former prison, a chapel and a collection of eight bastions, of which the most notable is the Bastion of Agios Andreas. This architecturally impressive fortress can be reached in two ways. The first is to climb over 800 steps on a renowned staircase, up a steep hill, and the second is to drive to the main entrance that is located on the east side of the hill.
November 1st to March 31st: 08:00 - 16:30 April 1st to October 30th: 08:00 - 19:30
Around 1 hour or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
As much of the fortress as possible and the magnificent panoramic views of the town and the Argolic Gulf
Just like any other attractions in Nafplio, the Palamidi Fortress does not offer prayer facilities for Muslim visitors. The town does have a few mosques which were built during Turkish rule, but none of these are in use. Muslim tourists will therefore either have to locate a secluded place outdoors to offer their prayers, or will have to return to their hotel rooms at prayer times.
While the Palamidi Fortress does not have a café, visitors will be able to find numerous restaurants in the town of Nafplio. Muslim tourists will however have to dine on seafood and vegetarian dishes at these local non-Halal restaurants, as there are no known Halal certified dining establishments in Nafplio.