Get to know Nafpaktos, a city of unsurpassed finesse
Built in a green location, Nafpaktos already stands out from the opposite beach of Rio in the Peloponnese and impresses with the walls of its castle descending to the beach of the Corinthian Gulf and its picturesque Venetian port, which offers protection to the small boats of the locals. Enjoying the stone embrace of its castle, the city exudes an unprecedented sense of peace and tranquility reminiscent of other times. It is, after all, a city where the past is an integral part of the present. Its scattered monuments, witnesses of its long history, give the desire to know its three-thousand-year historical path. You discover Nafpaktos by walking it. The higher you climb, the bigger the surprises are.
Starting from the castle that dominates on the top of the wooded hill, its imposing gate leads you to a place loaded with historical memories and heroic deeds. When you reach the top, the view is fascinating. It seems easy to open your arms and close the city in them.
Observe the sea that was the setting of one of the most famous naval battles in world history, the one of Nafpaktos, where the Spanish writer of Don Quixote, Miguel Cervantes, also participated. Go down and get to know the historical core of the city, starting from the Old Port. Venetian towers and restored buildings beautify the area. See the naval medieval lighthouse and the Fethiye Mosque and, among the monuments of heroes and arsonists of the Greek revolution, head to the port square with the huge plane trees. You can walk to the pedestrian street Stenopazaro with the shops and end up at the metropolitan church of Agios Dimitrios, which is also the patron saint of the city. Whichever route you follow, Nafpaktos will excite you.
Local cuisine and food
Choose to try local traditional recipes of Nafpaktos in the restaurants and taverns of the old port. Try delicious meat, as well as fresh seafood and fish of the Corinthian Gulf, accompanied by delicious salads and fruits of the season. Dishes such as beef in the casserole, rabbit with wine and polo boka (chicken fillet with peppers and mushrooms) are among the flavors you should not miss.
Best time to visit Nafpaktos
Nafpaktos is suitable for visiting all year round. Choose seasons such as spring and autumn, if you want to avoid the crowds and heat. In summer, you can combine a visit to Nafpaktos with a swim in one of the wonderful beaches that stretch around the city.
How to use transportation in Nafpakto
Transfer from/to Nafpakto
Choose to go by car to the area following the route of Athens-Patras. After the Rio-Antirrio bridge, Nafpaktos is 9 km away.
From Thessaloniki, you will reach Nafpaktos driving on the Thessaloniki-Athens highway to Thermopylae. Then, follow the route through Bralo, Amfissa, Galaxidi and Itea. From Thessaloniki you can also access Nafpaktos via new Egnatia and Ionian highways.
In Nafpaktos, you can wander around on foot to get to know the city and its beauties.