NAFPAKTOS (Ναύπακτος)

Laid-back beaches and lush green landscape brought us to the Gulf of Corinth to a little charming town of Nafpaktos. The town was an important Athenian naval station in the Peloponnesian war. Town changed hands many times during the Crusades and the Ottoman–Venetian Wars. It was under Venetian control in the 15th century and came to be known by the Venetian form of its name, Lepanto. It fell to the Ottoman Empire in 1499 and was used as a naval station by the Ottoman Navy in the 16th century, being the site of the decisive victory by the Holy League in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Except for a brief period of Venetian control in 1687–1699, Lepanto remained under Ottoman control until Greek independence in 1829. We parked right on the beach, just a few steps from the old town with picturesque Venetian port. Apart from the colorful boats that moor there during the summer, there is also a statue of Cervantes, who lost his arm there during the battle. On a hill above town sits an imposing Venetian castle with a breathtaking view of the sea and the opposite coasts of Peloponesse. On the way to Nafpaktos, we did pay 🛣️ 16,55 EUR / Class 3 and bought ⛽ diesel for 2,178 EUR / l.

Parking location – Nafpaktos: 38.387059N 21.820952E (🚿, 💦)