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  • Argirios C
    Thessaloniki, Greece18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting
    This place is reopened, finally after 13 (!) years. There have been extensive improvement and, even not all halls are open for visit, the overall experience within 30-40 min worth it. If you have seen Nafplio from Palamidi or Akronafplia above, you can get a different perspective from Bourtzi. There is no admission for entry however the boat costs 5,5€ pp.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • SoFlafan
    Washington DC, District of Columbia14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Nafplio is worth seeing whether you're seeing it for the first time as a Greek, or you're a tourist. A visit to Palamidi fortress is a must. Either drive up, take a taxi, or use the hop on hop off bus to avoid climbing 999 steps. Take water! Bourtzi has been renovated and now open to tourists. However, IMO it looks better from a distance, and you could probably skip it.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 29, 2023
  • joni m
    12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick, easy, enjoyable.
    We have been to Nafplio on a few trips and never take the boat across. At €5 round trip to shuttle over and back (the boat returns every 20 minutes or so) and another €5 to tour it is a nice sight providing a beautiful view for Nafplio. At one point in time a couple lives on the island… that would have been the best way to experience this area most certainly. Worth the €10 and an hour of your time (round trip).
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • elchaco
    Houston, Texas1,004 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool Fortress
    When we went, you couldn't go inside the fortress. The little boat tour was still pretty cool though. We go some nice pictures of it from the water. I'm sure it's much better if you get to disembark and experience it from the inside. Still, a neat little fortress out on the water.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • Natasha M
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views
    Great views. It's well kept. There's a bathroom on the island and a little shop. It's been redone a lot so it doesn't feel like you're on a historical site, but more like you're on a park. Still, we enjoyed it. A good way to kill an hour and half or so (including boat time). The views are spectacular.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 30, 2024
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joni m
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We have been to Nafplio on a few trips and never take the boat across. At €5 round trip to shuttle over and back (the boat returns every 20 minutes or so) and another €5 to tour it is a nice sight providing a beautiful view for Nafplio. At one point in time a couple lives on the island… that would have been the best way to experience this area most certainly. Worth the €10 and an hour of your time (round trip).
Written September 11, 2023
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SoFlafan
Washington DC, DC14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Nafplio is worth seeing whether you're seeing it for the first time as a Greek, or you're a tourist. A visit to Palamidi fortress is a must. Either drive up, take a taxi, or use the hop on hop off bus to avoid climbing 999 steps. Take water!
Bourtzi has been renovated and now open to tourists. However, IMO it looks better from a distance, and you could probably skip it.
Written August 29, 2023
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Chaitanya
Cambridge, Canada1,231 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We were able to view the castle from the ship we were on and from the palamidi castle and promenade.
The castle looks great and makes for a great photo as it is completely surrounded by water.
Need special boats to visit castle and there are particular times when it is allowed.
Would love to visit, but after checking out Palamidi castle - I was pretty happy with our trip in nafplion.
Written February 22, 2023
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elchaco
Houston, TX1,004 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
When we went, you couldn't go inside the fortress. The little boat tour was still pretty cool though. We go some nice pictures of it from the water. I'm sure it's much better if you get to disembark and experience it from the inside. Still, a neat little fortress out on the water.
Written October 3, 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This picture postcard Venetian fortress set in the middle of Nafplio bay is a true symbol of Greek most beautiful town.
It's seen from all over the area - up from the Palamidi fortress and from walking the promenade as well.
During our previous visit 12y ago we even crossed to it, but honestly it much looks better from the shore.
Written September 30, 2021
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Natasha M
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Great views. It's well kept. There's a bathroom on the island and a little shop. It's been redone a lot so it doesn't feel like you're on a historical site, but more like you're on a park. Still, we enjoyed it. A good way to kill an hour and half or so (including boat time). The views are spectacular.
Written April 30, 2024
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chefpanos
Seattle, WA24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
Well Bourtzi is the castle in the entrance of the harbor, and is one of the best attraction at the city of Nafplion, my visitors form Europe and I we decide to go and visit the castle by boat that takes you from the harbor front by the cafes its about 10 minute ride, unfortunately it was closed to visitors do to constriction and renovation that is going there for the last 3 years,. visitors are not allowed to be inside the castle, but no one bothers to tell you about it. the boaters that takes you there don't tell you that is closed until the boat gets close to the castle then they tell you that the castle is closed because is under construction and you are not allowed to go on it ,instead they take you to a short tour around the castle by boat and a short trip to the light house about 1/2 mile and back for all this they charge you 4.50 euros per person. in that tour we where about 25 persons of different nationalities and most of the visitors got upset about it when the captain of the boat announce that we can't go on the island we all where so disappointed, according to the captain of the boat this is going on for the last 3 years and it looks they will take another 3-4 years to be completed, its only fair to have some one to place a sign to warn visitors before they go in to this trouble, I don't know if a complain to the mayor of nafplion will help... but the boat ride its ok for the sun set the kids enjoy it very much. well I will try again some time..
Written May 12, 2018
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Linda L
Halifax64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
Bourtzi Fortress was in built in 1473 on top of a rock island. It is in the harbour entrance of Nafplio and a popular tourist destination. There is no ticket office, you pay on board before the boat leaves the port. The boat taxis are lined up at the start of the harbour front promenade opposite Grande Bretagne Hotel. The price is 4 euros per person for the boat trip. The boat trip only takes a few minutes. You can take amazing pictures of Nafplio from the boat. Once you get off the boat, you have approximately twenty minutes to look around and take photos of Bourtzi, the Argolic Gulf and Nafplio. We started from the top of the fortress and worked our way down. The boat will signal its horn when it is time to go back. Well worth a visit.
Written October 9, 2014
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cymry
Montreal192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
The fort in the middle of the harbor is eerily beautiful. For 4 euro, a boat will take you across to the island and wait while you explore; you only get 20 minutes on the island, but it is quite small and that's plenty to take it all in. The boat is also unmarked, just look for the man trying to attract tourists! The fort is so quiet and all you can hear is the sound of the wind, the waves, and the boats. There are no panels or tour guides, you just walk around and explore where you will. I found it far more interesting than the Palamidi fortress on the hill!
Written June 19, 2014
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Ivy L
Athens405 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
Bourdji or sometimes written as Bourtzi is a beautiful Medieval castle which stand in the port of Nafplion Peloponnese. The entrance is free but you only have to pay 4 Euros for the roundtrip with a boat to get there. The castle has not much to show inside except for a few cannons but the panoramic view around the Argive gulf will reward you. Unfortunately there are no historical references written inside the castle so make sure you read about it before visiting. The castle itself gets 5 stars but because of the lack of information I will give it 4 stars.

Trip advisor's picture of the monument is wrong. The castle shown is Palamidi and not Bourdji.
Written August 26, 2014
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