Nafplio 211 00, Greece
GPS: 37°34’02.2″N 22°47’36.8″E / 37.567270, 22.793541
Today it is a busy and rather grubby commercial harbour, but it does offer a safe mooring for a visit to the old town of this former capital of the Greek state and its wonderfully sited Venetian castle. The harbour is secure in most winds, although northerlies send an uncomfortable chop across the large harbour in view of the fetch. We anchor moored on the quay here while a full meltemi was blowing down the Peloponnese without problems. The holding in the harbour is good. There are no facilities on the quay.
This is a large harbour, but the northern half is very shallow.
Moor stern-to or alongside the southern quay in the inner basin, which is east of the ferry terminal. The bottom is rather glutinous mud and some plough anchors do not hold well in it. Shelter is reasonably good, but in strong northerlies it is more comfortable to anchor off the quay.
In Nafplio visit the castle and the little island of Bourzi that was used as a jail in the 19th century.Sitting at the head of the Argolikos Kolpos, Navplion is a useful base for visiting the ruins at Mycenae.
This is a very attractive city, with narrow cobbled streets and eye-catching sandstone buildings, ornamented with large areas of colourful vegetation. The museum has many interesting exhibits on the Mycenaean and Venetian history of the area.