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Nafplion Nafplio-Bourtzi
At the innermost point of the Gulf of Argolis you come to the port of Nafplion. Nafplion, which was the capital city of Greece for quite a while during the 19th century, is a beautiful large town worth visiting as it has many historical sites of interest. Towering over Nafplion is the medieval fort of Palamidi with 880 steps leading down to the town, the little island fortress of Bourdzi in the middle of the harbour , the mansions and the public buildings seen as you walk through Nafplio the narrow cobbled streets will fascinate you. From Nafplion you can take a tour to the most famous archaeological site: Mycenae the cradle of civilisation. Here is the site of a pre-historic citadel fortified by Cyclopean walls with 2 gates (The Lion Gate and The North Gate). The first walls were built around 1350 BC but the citadel itself assumed its present form around 1200 BC. Inside the enclosure, the most important buildings are the Granary, the two sanctuaries, Grave circle A containing six royal tombs of the 16th century BC and the living quarters of the dignitaries and priests in the lower citadel. There is also a Mycenean palace on the crest of the hill, a smaller palace further east and finally to the NE the Secret Cistern.

South of Nafplion Monemvasia
For those who have more time to sail, we suggest they continue their journey south along the coast of the Peloponnese and make ports of call at Leonidion and Kyparissi; both have small serene and unspoiled harbors which will give you a chance to have a look at the other Greece, at tiny rural villages and life that has remained unchanged for years. If you are fortunate you will find the hidden entrance of Gerakas, a lagoon at the end of a hidden fjord , continue south to Monemvasia, the Greek Rock of Gibraltar, with a medieval town built on sheer rock, linked to the mainland by a narrow sandy arm.