Seaside serenity, history and authenticity
One of the prettiest seaside towns protected by a coastal fort, Nafpaktos will win you over quickly. It is popular with Greek visitors and lesser known by foreign visitors, making it more special and authentic. The old town near the fortified Venetian port boasts several good eateries and cafes, and you’ll love exploring its cobblestone alleyways. Above the coastal town on the hill lies a very impressive Venetian castle that no doubt used to guard the town in medieval times. Today there are leisurely coffee shops that welcome visitors right before you get to the castle, boasting amazing views of the town below and the Peloponnese across the Corinthian gulf.
Apart from the Venetian port and hilltop castle, this little town is steeped in history and culture, with many attractions and symbols that reflect its rich past, such as the Tower of Botsaris, the statue of Spanish writer Cervantes who was wounded in a naval battle nearby, and the statue of Greek independence fighter Giorgos Anemogiannis. Some 15 km away near the inland village of Vomvokou likes the 17th century Monastery of St. John the Forerunner (Agios Ioannis Prodromos), probably built over an older one from the 12th century.
Beach lovers will also be happy to know that the there’s a sandy beach, known as Psani, starting from the port and going on for several kilometers. Those who have a car can venture to other towns nearby, such as the picturesque coastal town of Galaxidi to the east of the town one hour away, or west of the town to the Mesolongi Lagoon about 40 minutes away. Lastly, the mountainous region behind the coast of Nafpaktos is known for its traditional villages, hiking paths and stunning nature. A foray into the verdant interior to the Nafpaktia Mountains, as they are called, is worth the detour.