Should you visit Nafplio or Heraklion?
Should I visit Nafplio or Heraklion? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
The destination of Nafplio exists as a historic seaport town on the Peloponnese peninsula. From prevailing as a major port under royal succession in the Middle Ages to standing under the Republic of Venice, Ottoman Empire, and finally becoming capital of the First Hellenic Republic and then the Kingdom of Greece, this place has seen it all. Nafplio is now the capital of the region of Argolis.
The largest city on the island of Crete, Heraklion on first glance is almost completely modern — a frenzy of traffic, concrete, and dust. Do not expect pristine beaches and glittering waves (those can be found on other parts of Crete). Heraklion is first and foremost a city. Once you get past its grittiness, you will find that there are some attractive features beneath first impressions. The antiquity of the place lies embedded in the modern and is presented in one of the best museums in Greece, the food is excellent, and the people are friendly and welcoming. And though the sea is not great for swimming, its presence along the Venetian port will take you to another time if you need a break from Heraklion's bustling center.
Which city is cheaper, Heraklion or Nafplio?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Nafplio is €89, while the average daily cost in Heraklion is €126. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Nafplio and Heraklion in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €80 in Nafplio For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
Travelers usually pay around €130 for a double occupancy room in Heraklion If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Nafplio food costs typically run travelers around €27 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
The average traveler spends about €41 per day in Heraklion for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Nafplio
For Nafplio, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Nafplio Walking Food Tour:
Nauplio Food Tour:
Cooking Class in Nafplio:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Heraklion
For Heraklion, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Live from Heraklion - Cheese Making and Vegeterian Pie Online Cooking class:
Cretan Cooking Class Gouves (Free Transfer Included):
5-Hour Cooking Class:
Private Cooking Class Gouves (Free Transfer Included):
Heraklion Private Cretan Cooking Class at a Traditional Village:
Private Cooking Class and Wine Tasting in Heraklion:
Nafplio's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €37 per person, per day on transportation in Nafplio.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Heraklion than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €25 on transportation in Heraklion on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nafplio
Also for Nafplio, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Nafplio to Athens International Airport Private Transfer:
3-Hours Private Transfer from Nafplio to Athens:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Heraklion
Also for Heraklion, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Wine Tour - Wine Stories (Transfer & Lunch Included):
VIP Private Transfer: Heraklion - Analipsi Hotels & Villas:
Transfer services from Heraklion Airport to Rethymnon city (all areas):
Transfer from Heraklion Airport/Port to Hersonissos:
Transfer Services From Heraklion To Rethymno Hotels:
Transfer Heraklion Airport or Port to Ammoudara Agios Nikolaos up to 7 customers:
Transfer Heraklion Airport or Port to Ammoudara Agios Nikolaos up to 4 customers:
Transfer From Heraklion or Rethymno 8 Pax:
Transfer Airport to SITIA area up to 7 customers:
Transfer Airport to SISSI area up to 6 customers:
Transfer Airport to RETHIMNO CITY area up to 7 customers:
Transfer Airport to PLATANIAS CHANIA area up to 7 customers:
Is it cheaper to fly into Nafplio or Heraklion?
Prices for flights to both Heraklion and Nafplio change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Nafplio can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €18 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Sightseeing expenses in Heraklion, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €30 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Nafplio
For Nafplio, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
3in1; Cycling, sightseeing, tasting:
Ancient Corinth & Nemea Tour to Culture from Nafplio:
Corinth, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora and more in a 4day private tour:
Cycling Tour at Nafplio:
From Mycenae and Epidaurus Tour:
Greek Ouzo and Honey Tour from Nafplio:
Half day tour in Mycenae and Epidaurus from Nafplio:
Hiking Tour in Nafplio:
Horse Riding Experience in Nafplio:
Mycenae - Ancient Corinth - Corinth Canal - Epidaurus full day tour from Nafplio:
Nafplio City Tour:
Nafplio City Tour:
Tours and Activities in Heraklion
For Heraklion, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Accessible Heraklion tour to Knossos & Archaeological Museum or Shopping:
Agios Nikolaos - Elounda - Spinalonga - (Private tour):
Architectural- gastronomic Walking tour in Heraklion:
Best of Crete (3-days Tour package):
Chrissi Island Cruise from Heraklion:
Cretan Folklore Night Tour TR:
Crete private tour: Knossos Palace, Archaeological museum, and Heraklion Town:
Drive Tour Crete - Best of Heraklion Crete:
From Heraklio: Full-Day Knossos & Heraklion Tour Guided English and German:
From Spinalonga Island ,Elounda Barbeque and Agios Nikolaos Tour:
Full Day Tour to Samaria Gorge:
Full-Day Guided Spinalonga Island Tour:
Typically, people visiting Nafplio spend on average €5.49 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Heraklion spend on average €21 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Nafplio
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Nafplio:
Wine tour at the footsteps of Hercules in Nemea from Nafplio:
Sample the Local Flavors in Heraklion
Also in Heraklion, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion area:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Nafplio and Heraklion, we can see that Heraklion is more expensive. And not only is Nafplio much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Nafplio would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Nafplio and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Heraklion would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Heraklion than you might in Nafplio.
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