Nafpaktos

Town in West Greece

It's a charming coastal town with a picturesque, fortified port, famous for the Battle of Lepanto (1571) between Europeans and Turks.

Small boats anchored at the small fortified port of Nafpaktos.
photo: Dimitris Karagiorgos

Nafpaktos Attractions

Rio-Antirrio Bridge

A megastructure and the second connecting point between Peloponnese and the Greek mainland that would inspires awe to any passersby.

A part of the castle of Nafpaktos at the acropolis of the city.
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Venetian Castle of Nafpaktos

Venetian citadel with well-preserved defensive walls and bastions on a hill. Highly recommended for walks and spectacular views.

A photo of the statue of Cervantes at the right corner of the old port of Nafpaktos (Lepanto).
photo: Dimkoa

Statue of Miguel de Cervantes

Did you know that Spanish novelist Cervantes took part in the 1571 Lepanto naval battle? This monument commemorates his participation.

A photo showing the fortified port of Nafpaktos with many small boats anchored by the coast.
photo: Dimitris Karagiorgos

Old Harbor of Nafpaktos

Small fortified port and place of a historic naval battles between the Ottomans and Europeans. It has many bars and restaurants and it's excellent for walks.

Nafpaktos Clock

Included in the newer historical monuments of the city since it was founded on the Byzantine castle in 1914 by the Bishop Seraphim Domboitis.

Fethiye Mosque

The Conqueror Mosque was built in 1499 after the city's conquest by the Ottomans. It's located at the pedestrian road of the old harbor.

Nafpaktos Things to Do

A tower and other facilities of the Achaia Clauss Winery of Patras in the Peloponnese.
photo: Conudrum
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distant ≈ 31.3km

Achaia Clauss Winery

Historical winery of Patras in the Peloponnese founded in 1861 and famous for the sweet fortified red wine named Mavrodaphne.

Nafpaktos «Stenopazaro»

Old central market at a cobblestone pedestrian road which hosts nice cafés, tavernas and shops.

Nafpaktos Museums

Botsaris Tower / Museum

Building complex of the 15th and 16th centuries that hosts an exhibition of Nafpaktos (Lepanto) Battle 1571.

Nafpaktos Day Trips

Patras

If you are in Greece in February, visit Patras for its popular carnival. This city also hosts an Odeum from Roman times which is still operational.

Mesolongi

During the War of Independence, an Ottoman siege led the citizens to a heroic sally out. The relative monument and museum are of high interest.

Questions & Answers about Nafpaktos

Why Visit Nafpaktos?
  • The official name of the city during the Venetian rule was Lepanto.
  • Traditional mansions surrounded by the Venetian hill castle & the fortified port.
  • The Battle of Lepanto involved Catholic Christian states and the Ottoman Empire.
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