Getting to Bourtzi? Easy!
You are sitting in a coffee shop in the harbor of Nafplio gazing at the sea and the enchanting Bourtzi fortress. And suddenly you feel the urge to discover what hides behind its battlements and heavy doors... Rather easy, I could say...
Well, you're in luck! After 5 or more years of extensive repairs and restoration, on August 5th 2023, the Bourtzi fortress of Nafplio has opened for the public as an accessible cultural and recreational monument. The entrance was free until August 17th 2023 and starting from the next day, August 18th, the monument operates with an admission ticket of 5,00€. Actually, the Inauguration at Bourtzi was held on Friday, October 27th 2023. Moreover, provisions are made for accessibility by people with disabilities, with the construction of an elevator, that allows access to the main level of the fortress.
Boats that will lead you to the island are stationed just in front of you, at the beginning of the harbor. Experienced captains sail for Bourtzi every day. They can surely tell you various stories about it, if you start a conversation. All you have to "sacrifice" is 5,00€ and in five minutes you are in the Venetian fortress. During the summer period, it is very possible to have the opportunity to follow an event there.
The boats leave every 30 minutes or so in summertime and the ticket costs 5,00€ (return included). Plus, of course, the 5,00€ for the admission ticket.
During the summer season, the boats leave every day, from 09:00 until 20:00 (last return), until the end of October.
From the end of October and during the winter period, boats serve the visitors from 09:15 to 16:00.
The public can visit the Bourtzi of Nafplio daily, Monday to Sunday (T. +30 27520 27575).