Set on a scenic bay in the eastern part of the Peloponnese, Navplion, Greece, is a captivating town. During the 1800s, it was the first capital of liberated Greece. The town is filled with Venetian and neoclassical buildings and has a relaxing atmosphere made to soak up time.

Navplion can be seen on a long day trip from Athens or combined with the attractions of Argolis or Bourdzie—a tiny offshore island with a 15th-century fortress that looks absolutely stunning at sunrise or sunset. The most popular site is the Palamhidi Fortress, which may be a difficult hike for some. The Archaeological Museum contains many of the interesting relics from the fortress.

We prefer, however, to spend the night in Navplion, where there's a fine selection of hotels and some splendid restaurants—a perfect romantic getaway for couples.

Use the town as a base to see Corinth, Epidaurus and Mycenae.

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