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Most people visiting Nafplion are just passing through, whilst they visit the nearby sites of Epidavros & Mycenae, but the town merits a longer stay as there is plenty to explore. Being only 2 hours by road from Athens, with a regular bus service, it is a popular haunt for sophisticated Athenians wanting to get away from the stresses of the city. The old town area is a warren of back streets and alleyways, where beautifully restored Venetian houses stand shoulder to shoulder with crumbling ruins. There are numerous small pensions for a stay in the old town, or modern hotels in the new town area. There is a good selection of shops selling hand-made jewellery, gifts and art, together with plenty of cafeterias and tavernas to suit every taste and pocket. The harbour front is lined with cafeterias, where you can watch the world go by, before jumping on board one of the small boats ferrying tourists over to the picture-postcard Boutzi Castle, which sits on its own island in the middle of the bay, and was at one time the home of the town executioner. There are two more castles to explore in the town. The Acronafplia Citadel, which overlooks the old town, and the Palamidi Fortress, which towers 200metres above the town and provides more of a challenge! The fortress can be reached by climbing the 999 steps, which zigzig up the rockface. It's a challenge on the knees and the heart - so take care! The effort is rewarded by fantastic views across the bay to Argos and the mountains beyond. An easier option is to take a taxi to the eastern entrance - and then walk DOWN the steps (no stroll in the park either!) There is a paved walkway encircling the Acronafplia Peninsular where, with the sea glistening like mercury on one side - and a forest of prickly pears clinging to the hillside on the other - you can enjoy the silence and the views of the bay. There are no major tour operators with hotels in Nafplion, as most visitors are independent travellers, but the busy resort of Tolo is just 12km away and can be easily reached by the hourly summer bus schedule. There are also daily buses to Epidavros and Mycenae. The Epidavros Festival (in August) offers the chance to see ancient Greek plays performed in their original setting - and special buses operate from Nafplion throught the festival. Nafplion is one of my favourite spots in Greece (maybe I should have kept quiet about it!)
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from Anavasi printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic `paper. The maps can be easily removed from their protective covers and folded or rolled into smaller size without any damage. Road information indicates minor unsurfaced roads and dirt tracks in poor condition, and locations of petrol stations are marked. The maps also show railway lines, ferry routes, and the course of long-distance trail hiking trails including the E4 and E6. Archaeological and historical sites are highlighted and named, and symbols mark other places of interest including mountain refuges, beaches, spas, caves, etc. Most place names are given in both Greek and Latin alphabets, although some smaller villages and sites are in Greek only. The maps have a 10km UTM grid, plus margin ticks and crosshairs for latitude and longitude at 10'. Extensive index attached to the cover lists all location in both scripts. Map legend includes English. *In this title:* topography is shown by contours at 200m intervals with very effective altitude colouring and shading.