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Epidaurus and Nafplion > Fairy tale cities October 3, 2006

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Start the day with a scenic drive along the coast towards Peloponnese and stop at the famous Corinth Canal, an impressive cut through the rocks which connect the Aegean with the Ionian seas.
 
Proceed then to Epidaurus, where the ancient sanctuary of Asklepeios (God of Medicine) is located. Mainly erected during the 3rd and 4th centuries BC, the sanctuary was built next to the stadium in which athletic and musical contests were held every four years. Then visit the best preserved open-air theater with the amazing acoustics. View the dwellings of the priests, the doctors, a gymnasium, baths and other structures.

The Museum exhibits pieces from the temple of Asklepeios, Roman portraits, inscriptions, valuable texts from the history of medicine among other treasures.
 
After Epidaurus continue towards Nafplion. The city of Nafplion, which has been the first capital of Greece, is located on a peninsula south of Athens at a distance of 140 km.

Due to its microclimate, there seems to be no winter in the Nafplion area. The weather is almost always warm and sunny, summer and spring like during all year round.

Arriving at Nafplion, one will experience the majestic view of the three castles, the symbols of the city. Protected from the land by two castles, Palamidi and Akronafplia and from the sea by the third, Bourtzi, built on the small island at the entrance to the Argolic bay. The old city of Nafplion with its neoclassic houses, picturesque streets, wooden balconies with cascading flowers, fountains, Constitution (Syntagma) Square with its fascinating mosques and outdoor cafe tables is like a fairy land.

You feel like immersing yourself in its history, burrowing into its past at the house of the Regent Mauer, the Military Academy, the Parliament House or St. Spyridon’s, the church where Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first governor of Greece, was assassinated. And the fairy tale world continues, whether you climb up the 857 steps to the Venetian Fortress of Palamidi crowning the city, wander round the battlements of Acronafplia or pop over to the fortified islet, Bourtzi, afloat in the middle of the bay.

Nafplio is full of the joy of life with the little restaurants on the waterfront, the open-air cinemas, the bars and the music that every evening takes you closer to the people, the sea and the stars.

After a walking tour in the town enjoy your lunch at one of the numerous picturesque small tavernas. 

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