Nafplio, a city marked by its glorified past, looks as a picture from a history book. Its castles, forts, and bastions adorn the city. Monuments of a different long gone time, deserted battlefields now blooming with flowers and flooding with visitors on a quest for its legends and myths.

Once upon a time... lived Nauplios, the mythical settler. As son of the sea-god Poseidon and the Danaid Amemone, he built his city in a beautiful bay and from then till today, the city never found rest.

In ancient times it was shadowed by the city of Argos. Situated next to ancient Tiryns (a World Heritage UNESCO site), bustling and cosmopolitan Nafplio, abound of picturesque narrow alleyways and cobbled streets covered with bougainvilleas in full bloom, is the ideal location for romantic strolls. For many years they attempted to conquer it, first the Franks, then the Venetians, later the Ottoman Turks too. They all tried to subdue it.

The Franks and the Venetians called it "Naples of the Levant" and covered it with castles, while the Turks, with mosques and public drinking fountains. But Nafplio was fundamentally Greek from prehistoric times and it managed to absorb all these influences and create a completely unique personality. It is the birthplace of the modern Greet state. The first Greek parliament assembled here. The great political visionary, Ioannis Kapodistrias left his last breath here ‒ his brief period in the city left the mark of an early pro-European politician.

Today, the mild climate and key geographic position of Nafplio near urban centres (Athens, Corinth, Patras), but also its proximity to archaeological sites (Tiryns, Argos, Mycenae, Epidaurus) place it high in the preferences of travellers and visitors. The view towards Bourtzi is enchanting; it's the city's trademark and one of the most recognizable corners of Greece. Nafplio isn't just another Greek city. It's a miniature of the whole country: occidental and at the same time oriental; a seaside town but at the same time developed on a plain; modern but also abundant in antiquities; a fairytale city, but also a historical one; touristic, but casual; so close but also so far...

The Greek War of Independence - the role of Nafplio

Nafplio in the years of the revolution

Nafplio, also called "Anapli", entered the "fire" of the revolution early on. After the Battle of Dervenakia, the Greeks occupied the city. Captain Nikitaras, the so-called "Turk-slayer", liberated it in 1822 and the next year it was declared the official seat of the provisional revolutionary government. All of Greece's modern history shall evolve in its squares and castles. In this first, capital city of the country (1827) the first important decisions for the future of the continuing struggle were made at the Parliament building, the "Vouleftiko". But the assassination of the Governor outside the church of Aghios Spiridon on the 27th of September 1831will upset the city and the flow of Greek history in a defining way. The turbulent period of upheaval that followed called for an intervention of the great powers.

Thus, in January 25, 1833 the Bavarian king of Greece Otto embarked on the port of Nafplion. The tension that was created lead to the trial and conviction of revolutionaries Kolokotronis and Plapoutas, charged with high treason (1834). They were imprisoned in Palamidi castle to be released later after a pardon of the king. Despite the fact that Otto transferred the country's capital to Athens, Nafplio continued to play a significant role in the development of political affairs. Due to the counter-authoritarian spirit prevailing in the city, many clusters of rebels against Otto were formed. The leader of this movement was a woman from Nafplio, Calliope Papalexopoulos. Here house was the meeting place of the uncompromising rebels who took actions against Otto. Thus in 1862, a coup took place aiming at dethroning the king. They were the well-known bloody "Nafplion incidents" which lead to the removal of Otto, a few months later.


Mycenae Virtual Tour


Mycenae Virtual Tour



Athens, a modern metropolis, a european capital, a nest for all the Mediterranean cultures. Athens, the meeting point of East and West, the harbor of everyone, who still loves passionately life! There are so many different ways to describe and analyse Athens, that any given effort to do a short depiction of the city is nothing but a try doomed to fail. Nevertheless, we will try to underline some of the main characteristics of the city of Athens. Visit Virtual Tour


Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete and is the site of one of the most important and better known palaces of Minoan civilisation. Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization. It was damaged several times during earthquakes, invasions, and in 1450 BC by the colossal volcanic eruption of Thera, and the invasion of Mycenaeans who used it as their capital, while they were ruling the island of Crete until 1375 BC. Knossos was ruled by the dynasty of King Minos and is connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur. Visit Virtual Tour


Known from the Homeric myth, as the mythical island of Phaeacians where the shipwrecked Odysseus was soothed by princess Nausika, Corfu continues to welcome visitors from all around the world. Be a synchronous Odysseus and follow the new destination of YouGoCulture initiative. Having the Central Corfu and its old town which is in the list of the Unesco World Heritage Sites, a journey begins in the history, the traditions and the unique beauties of the island. Visit Virtual Tour


Situated in continental Greece on Mount Parnassus, Delphi was considered to be one of the most important cities of ancient Greece. It was believed to be home to the goddess Gaia, or Earth, and later to Apollo after slaying Gaia’s son, the snake Python. The Pythian games—similar to the Olympic Games—were held here every four years to honour Apollo’s slaying of the Python dragon. Visit Virtual Tour


A breath away from Athens, the birth place of Eleusinian Mysteries and goddess Demeter challenges you to explore it! Eleusis or Eleusina, as now known, one of the five sacred cities of antiquity enjoys the privilege of being located only thirty kilometers from the historic Athens. But let me refresh it! It could be the privilege of Athens to have so nearby a city full of life and history! Visit Virtual Tour


Even today’s visitors feel that they are in a sacred place as soon as they set foot in the Asklepieion of Epidavros. The place where healing was a religious mystery. The sick were cured by the god Asklepios in their sleep (enkoimesis) or received from him instructions on the therapy they should follow. From the sixth century BC until the end of antiquity, hosts of people resorted to the Sanctuary of Asklepios in expectation that their prayers for healing would be heard and answered by the god. These were patients and pilgrims who arrived there bringing precious votive offerings from all parts of the then-known world. Visit Virtual Tour


Peering over the plain of Argolis, up there from the heights of the acropolis, one comes to terms with the superiority of the Mycenaean civilization. It reached its heyday in the Late Bronze Age (1350 - 1200 BCE) and then disappeared, leaving to eternity its legendary acropolis, built on an inaccessible, rocky hill between two ravines. The footprints of the Atreidai, the mythical royal dynasty, are visible to today's visitor and inspire awe in an era like ours, in which myth meets the history of the most important period of the ancient world. Visit Virtual Tour

Ancient Olympia

What can be said of Olympia and not sound like a cliché? The significance of the archaeological site is self-evident, even if one is not familiar with the fascinating historical details and the political background, which literally span thousands of years. Known to the world as the cradle of the Olympic ideal, this open-air museum of imposing ruins and unique artefacts tells a story of religious piety, fair play, political ambition, and demonstration of power. All the buildings you can still admire were erected to please the gods and send a message to the thousands of visitors who swarmed to the sacred grounds. Walking around the Stadium, the Gymnasium and the Temples of Zeus and Hera – both instrumental in the ritual and competitive part of the Games – modern visitors will be able to understand why the event remained relevant even when the rest of the Ancient World was long dead. As an added bonus to the splendour of the site, the Museum of Olympia boasts some of the most famous works of art produced in the long course of Hellenic culture. Visit Virtual Tour


Travelling in the Messenian land from Mount Taygetus to the coast, our glance dives, following the sunlight dipping onto the Messenian plain. From the mountainous volumes to the fertile valley, the olive groves and herbs, we see a landscape of culture, myth, and history, unfold before our eyes. In the heart of the region of Messenia, one town stands out: Ancient Messene. This "blissful plain" as Homer calls it, became a theatre of war and mythical narrations offering a viewpoint on the past and the present. Visit Virtual Tour