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Nafpaktos

The enchanting citadel

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Proud beauty that speaks for itself. It captures your gaze, then your heart.

You can view it at a distance from Rio, surrounded by lush forest and crowned by an imposing medieval fortification. One visit is enough to win you over with its unsullied beauty and the cultural aura exuded by its ever-present historic monuments. Nafpaktos invites you to get to know it and its immediate surrounds and then make it a springboard for exciting experiences at sea, in nearby mountain villages and on rambles through its luxuriant nature.

The impregnable castle

A staunch and silent witness to the long and colourful history of this land, the well preserved Venetian Castle commands pride of place at the top of the hill, holding sway over the entire town. The view from the ramparts of this sturdy medieval fortress  is quite breathtaking, encompassing as it does a much more contemporary feat of engineering brilliance in the Corinthian gulf, the Bridge of Rio-Antirio; its majestic lines a triumph of aesthetics. Your vantage point also makes for quite a romantic mood, picking out the colourful yachts and sailing boats on the sea below. 

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Stroll into culture

The Venetian castle is just the beginning of your full acquaintance with the town.  As you survey the scene around you, the Venetian towers, the Nautical Lighthouse, Fetihie Mosque and the statues of the freedom fighters G. Anemoyiannis and Miguel de Cervantes are bound to catch your eye.

Ascending from the Holy Metropolitan Temple of St. Demetrios, you will see the famous 1914 town clock. Your path will take you to Stenopazaro, which is teeming with life, and Botsareika, where the impressive Botsaris Tower hosts a permanent exhibition on the Sea Battle of Nafpaktos. The locals actually take to the water to mark its anniversary with a magnificent reenactment as part of a grand-scale celebration. On your tour you should also visit Papaharalabios Library, Farmakis Museum and then take a well-earned sip of fresh mountain waters from the Fountain of Love.

Ano Hora, where the celebration of Chestnut and Tsipouro is held every year, Platanos with its interesting Folklore museum, Kato Hora, Terpsithea, Elatou, and Ampelakiotissa are just a few of them waiting to be discovered.

Summer in Nafpaktos

The area makes an ideal destination for your summer holidays.  You couldn’t want for anything more than the pristine beaches of Psani and Gribovo, both organized and shaded by plane trees.  Then, after a day in the sun, the Medieval Castle of Antirio hosts performances that set the seal on perfect summer’s day.

In Nafpaktos, release your senses to nature’s splendour. Experience beauty on tap.

Events

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“Mikis Theodorakis” International Choir Festival of Nafpaktos

The festival is organized every two years; in collaboration of Nafpaktia Municipality and Nafpaktos choir.

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