The small picturesque Venetian port, the castle with the big clock and the admirable suspended Bridge of Rion- Antirion compose an idyllic image, a perfect location for those who wish to combine indulgence with the beauty of the natural surroundings.
Nafpaktos owns its name to the words “nafs” and “pignimi”, which stands for ship construction. The Dorians used Nafpaktos in order to manufacture rafts, therefore Nafpaktos remains a heritage. The historical evidence that we have, come from more than 3000 years ago, and they are continuous in all periods. The most important event of that historical trip has been the sea battle of Lepanto on the 7th of October 1571, between the Europeans and the Ottomans, in which the former conquered. Last but not least Nafpaktos constitutes the gate of a heavenly world with virgin natural environment, the mountainous countryside of Nafpaktia.
Nafpaktos is a beautiful city, built amphitheatrically on a pine filled hillside. It has 18,231 permanent residents and it is the second largest city of the Aetolia-Acarnania prefecture. It is 42km from Mesologgi and 10 km from Antirrio.Nafpaktos is a contemporary city; able to meet all its visitors yet it keeps its traditional style.
The port, with its watchtowers guarding the entrance, charms even the most demanding guests. Also its well preserved Venetian castle on the top of the hill is one of the most beautiful castles in Greece and a real gem for the city.
Nafpaktos is a city with lots of activity year round that increases during the summer. The visitor can find taverns, restaurants, cafés and bars in the city centre but also at the beaches nearby or on the hill of the castle that offers a view of the Corinthian Gulf.
Nafpaktos is ideal for summer vacations, as it has beautiful beaches within the city limits as well as within a short distance away. In these widespread crystal clear pebbly and sandy beaches visitors can find the appropriate services such as hotels, rooms to let, for a comfortable stay and seaside taverns with fresh fish. Apart from swimming, the Corinthian gulf is suitable for water sports such as water skiing, windsurf, kite surf and sailing. Refuelling and mooring services are also available in the area. Specifically, Nafpaktos’ port is deep, mechanical refuelling is also available, but with limited berths for mooring your boat. A large neat and deep enough port for your boat (not a sailboat) can be found at Chiliadou. In Marathia there is also a pretty but shallow port with enough empty berths. The best port in the area is the “inner port” on Trizonia Island for it is suitable for sailboats and larger boats. Night life in Nafpaktos is also exciting and offers unforgettable moments to locals and visitors. Charming, elegant and full of life bars located around the port and the surrounding streets are full of young people especially during weekends. During the summer there is rich cultural activity that includes artistic and sporting events, theatrical and musical performances that take place in the majestic castle, in Botsari Tower garden and the port pier. Interesting cultural activities are also organized in the mountain villages.
Moreover, during October several festivities and a traditional fair that lasts an entire week are organized in order to celebrate St. Dimitrios that is patron saint of the city.