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alisonbr

Walk the castle
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Nafpaktos is a small but relaxing city. Close to Athens and easy to get there by car or bus, I well recommend you to go to Nafpaktos for a weekend at least. There is a big square at the center of the city with a classy greek plane tree in the middle and lots of cafes to have a sit and relax. The port is really beautiful, since Nafpaktos is a place that combines mainland and sea at the same time. Part of the city and a mustgo is the castle of Nafpaktos. The castle is at the top of the mountain, above the city and has great view from there! You will need some time to walk through it, the castle is quite big, but I loved the experience. The beach in front of the square is pebbled and clean, but the water is very cold. Generally the water in the bay between Peloponnese and Sterea is always cold. In the area around Nafpaktos, you have nothing to see except for old monasteries.



olia52

Fairly quiet and greek
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Nafpaktos is great for a fairly quiet but very Greek experience. The views across to the Peloponnese are really good, and there is a really large castle. The top of the castle gives views to all over the town and Patras, the opposite big town. The beaches are fine but not particularly scenic. The food was excellent and really cheap as compared to more developed resorts. We had a number of really nice meals and everywhere was very friendly. The square with the plane tree is actually the most picturesque spot on Nafpaktos and you see the lovely port. Make sure that the branches of the plane tree don't cut your view. Reduce the traffic in the centre, too many cars for so narrow streets. Despite the recently built bypass, there is still really heavy traffic through town.



elena34rt8

Lovely square and port
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We live in Athens and Nafpaktos seemed a nice weekend destination for us. In fact, it was so nice that I was surprised we hadn't thought of that lovely town earlier. The port was of course the most picturesque corner. There were cafeterias all over the square and you could drink a coffee under a huge plane tree and look at the port. What a relaxing moment!! Another good place to relax is the cafeteria close to Castle of Nafpaktos with beautiful views to the whole bay and Patras, on the opposite coast. If you like monasteries, there are many around the town. Panagia Vamvakona is the oldest, I think, dating from the 10th century. I stayed only 2 days there but I loved Nafpaktos. We will certainly go back as soon as possible.



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I wish I had stayed longer
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I did a lot of research on the Internet on where to spend my 2-week holidays in Greece, which is a lot of work if you want to see as much of the country as possible. So, I am happy I chose Nafpaktos too, among other places. I just wish I had stayed longer than a day. It is just beautiful having mountains and the ocean in one place and the water was so clear. My dining experiences there were also quite good. People had told me that they did not eat well when they went to Greece. I guess we made the right choices. Just one complaint: clean the town up and put garbage cans all over the place. This is a complaint for all Greece actually.



vasia

You will love Nafpaktos
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We stayed only for one day in Nafpatkos but if I knew that is would be such a lovely place, I would stay more! The best area was the square with the big plane tree in the centre and the cafeterias under its shade. From there. you had an exceptional view of the port on one side and the Castle on the other. There are no photos to capture the beauty of the beach and the waterfront of Nafpaktos. The beach was pebbled and its water was crystal and quiet cold.

There aren't many things to see in Nafpaktos, except for the House of Botsaris, which works as a museum today and it is open until 1 p.m., and the Castle on top of a mountain,surrounded by greenery. The Castle is very big, you will need at least one hour to walk around it. Better go in the evening, because on a hot summer midday, it will be very tiring to see all of it. Under the Castle, there is a nice cafeteria, "Castello", with great view to the whole town.

If you have a car, it would also be nice to go to the Monastery of Agios Symeon, about 20 km in the inland of Nafpaktos, in Trikorfo village, where the nuns have constructed a line of catacombs in representation of the Rome Catacombs. Pretty interesting and special. Apart from this, there are at least six or seven monasteries around Nafpaktos to visit.



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A tiny lovely town
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Nafpaktos is a lovely, tiny town. We spend just a couple of days there last month in a traditional, stone-made hostel. There weren't many tourists because it wasn't a peak season, but we had a nice time walking along the narrow pavements and drinking coffee in the square with the huge pine tree. The first day we arrived it was raining and the hostel owner served us hot chicken soup to get warm. I also loved the spinach pie we ate in a tavern close to the port and asked for the recipe. The people of Nafpaktos were truly friendly.



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Great location for a stop
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Hi,
I spent a few weeks holidays in Greece. I visited mostly the mainland (Peloponnese) and also some island near the mainland.
In my way back to Patras, I had some hours to kill and decided to take the beautiful bridge of Rio-Antirio and go for a coffee to Nafpaktos.
I was really positively surprised by the noce atmosphere of the village. It was a really quiet village with some architectural beauties and I was really impressed by the Venetian harbor. It is really well preserved ans it was a great pleasure to have a coffee among this wall.
I went after in the castle up on the hill. I went there by foot and it was a bit difficult for me (not a sportive). The castle is nothing special itself but there are great views from there. There is also a litte cafe were I ordered a variety of cheese and it was great.



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The history of the place:
We're in Nafpaktos - a small town in the bay of Patras. If you are interested in history, this is the site of the famous battle of Lepanto from 1571 (where Cervantes lost one arm and the Ottoman empire - the dominance in the Mediterranean Sea). The main target for photos is the Rio - Antirio bridge which lincks Peloponnese to the mainland.(you can see in the distance).

Problem 1: turns out that the bridge is lit up on HOLIDAYS ONLY (each time I ask, each time they tell me and each time I forget).

Problem 2: a thunderstorm that can blow your mind away (a shame that at that moment I didn't know how to photograph them, buuuut, another time).

The story of the shot:
This morning before leaving the hotel my mother and I go for souvenirs. I stop to snap at least what can be seen from the bridge (because it's still raining). Then I saw this child - fishing with his father and he seemed very enthusiastic, despite the rain. In Greece - it's like this - the child is introduced to the trade of the parents the moment when he/she could walk. As was this little fisherman. Father pulled away for a few seconds and shot this moment.
Nafpaktos Town port
Nafpaktos Town port
Nafpaktos Port
Nafpaktos Statue of Cervantes
Nafpaktos Venetian Castle