If we spend 3 days exploring these places, where would be the best place to stay?
I would choose Nafplio.
Do you plan to have a rental car or use other means for getting around?
Agree. Nafplio is the best place to stay. When you return from your day trips you will find more sights and things to do in Nafplio.
It’s been a long time since we’ve been to Epidaurus or Mycenae but we were in Nafplio fairly recently. Both these sites are about one half hour away by car and Nafplio is a beautiful, ‘strollable’ town with plenty of restaurants, a waterfront walk, and interesting sights. We stayed at the Aetoma Guesthouse and it was wonderful. Very kind and helpful hosts, gigantic breakfast and a large comfortable room. I would recommend it without hesitation. Safe travels.
Thanks so much to all of you.. We will stay in Nafplio and I think we will book at your hotel Denny. Sounds good. We will be driving for about a week in the Peloponnese around Oct. 6-8.
Do any of you have suggestions of other places to visit afterwards. We will have come from the north and been to Diakopto for the train into the gorge and then to Dimitsano with side trip to Olympus. I think we only have one more day before returning to Athens and flying to Cyprus for 3 days.
Loved Nafplio in July and stayed at the Agamemnon Hotel, which had been recommended here.
Aetoma is lovely, I agree totally, but if you like a view of the sea, and there is a seaview balcony room available at Agamemnon, POUNCE! Has about THE best location in all of Old Town, including more expensive hotel, Aga is surprisingly moderate. The few other hotels at seafront have taverna canopies that partly block views; Agamemnon does not. Also has an elevator (a help if you have heavy bag & achey knees) and their breakfast buffet is at the front, view toward water. One good thing this time of year... very easy parking! The whole seafront has a broad concrete apron (left over from when there were many ships docking here), and it's all free parking. From June1 - Sept 1, pretty full, but now much emptier.
If u haven't yet discovered THE superb link to not only Nafplio but the entire Argolid area, please bookmark this at once: http://www.visitnafplio.com/ -- a wonderful noncommercial site created by an expat, no promotional hoo-hah, just great tips. Open EVERY link.. tips on all local sites, and swell walks in countryside & in Old Town (don't miss the walk around "the point" at sea level, AND a visit up top to the park at "the Point" with 360° view... breathtaking).
Yes, visitnafplio.com is THE best for Nafplio and the entire region.
Lots of info on what to do, where to go, where to stay, etc.
Nafplio would be the best place to base yourself to explore world class archeological/historic sites and lots more.
We stayed at Pension Marianna, which was excellent. I believe we learned about it in Rick's guidebook.
Thank you everyone. We are trying for the Agamemnon and will definitely use the website you recommended. It looks like fabulous information.
Just booked at Agamemnon for 3 nights with a seaview balcony. Thanks for all of your help.
If you can avoid it Nafplio is a tourist trap. I am in Tolo, which is a nicer beach touristy town with absolutely no parking. I wouldn't recommend here either, but it 36 a night. Why not?
The tourist road in Greece is rough, overpriced, and just plain bad. To really experience anything, you have to go outside the beaten path.