Neapoli is a beautiful and quiet seaside town in the south of the prefecture of Laconia, Peloponnese. It is, to be precise, the most south-eastern mainland city of Greece and also of Europe.
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Find out more about Neapoli below:
Majestic panoramic view of Neapoli
Neapoli ferry port
Neapoli is a rather popular port city, as it connects the Peloponnese with the islands of Kythera, Antikythera and Elafonisos. Wind-sheltered and full of modern amenities, you find everything you need at the port of Neapoli, from shops and mini markets to taverns and medical services.
Ferries from Neapoli port: schedules and tickets
Neapoli is the gateway to Kythira, Antikythira and Elafonisos. During the summer months, Triton Ferries operates daily crossings to/from Kythira and Antikythera. The Neapoli - Kythira ferry route lasts about 1.5 hours while the Neapoli - Antikythera ferry route takes around 4 hours.
The ferry to Elafonisos leaves daily from Pounta, which is located around 12 km west of Neapoli. The ferry from Neapoli to Elafonisos makes the crossing in 10-20 minutes.
The scenic port of Neapoli on a cloudy day
Where is the ferry port in Neapoli?
The port of Neapoli in Laconia is located on Voion Avenue, right in the heart of the city.
How to get to Neapoli port?
You can reach the port of Neapoli either by car or by KTEL (intercity bus). For reference, Athens is about 320 km from Neapoli (approximately 4 hours by car).
If you want to go to the port of Neapoli by bus, KTEL Lakonia serves frequent connections to the town from the station of Kifissos in Athens. There are also regular bus services to Neapoli from the Peloponnesian town of Sparta.
Holidays in Neapoli
Neapoli is not just a passage to the otherworldly islands of Elafonisos and Kythira, but also a sophisticated holiday destination on the peninsula of Maleas.
Its picturesque landscapes are immersed in greenery and seaside beauty, full of adventurous opportunities and family-friendly options. The area is also known for its sandy beaches with turquoise waters that await you at every turn.
The best time to visit Neapoli is either in the spring when you can take beautiful walks or in the summer to enjoy the coolness of the sea and plan some exciting island hopping!
How to get to Neapoli
Your best options for getting to Neapoli are by motorway (car or intercity bus). With direct bus connections from Athens (Kifissos station) and the city of Sparta in the Peloponnese, getting to Neapoli is nothing but smooth sailing!
If you’re traveling to Neapoli from afar, consider flying to Athens first and then resuming your journey to Laconia by car or bus.
What to do in Neapoli
Full of hiking trails, stunning beaches with underwater wonders and many island-hopping opportunities, Neapoli is a fantastic stop in Laconia that caters to all tastes.
And for those who prefer to take things slowly, Neapoli offers some interesting sightseeing options and, more importantly, mouth-watering food!
If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry. The team of Ferryhopper has listed the best of Neapoli below, including the town’s top beaches and entertainment options.
Beaches in Neapoli
Close to some of the most famous and impressive beaches in Greece, Neapoli never disappoints when it comes to its swimming spots! Some of our favorite beaches in Neapoli and its surrounding areas include:
- Neapoli: the beach of Neapoli unfolds generously along the coastline of the town. With bathing establishments and sunbeds, the beach of Neapoli has received a Blue Flag certification for its cleanliness.
- Pounta: right across the island of Elafonisos, the beach of Pounta is a popular spot among surfers. It is loved for its golden sand, stunning waters and family-friendly vibes. From here, you can get to Strongyli Lake and the underwater city of Pavlopetri.
- Agios Pavlos: just 15 km from Neapoli, this beach is named after the small church that’s located a stone’s throw from it. It is wind-protected and has areas with sand and pebbles.
- Panagia Kastanias: with a 20-minute-long car ride from Neapoli, you can reach the beautiful beach of Panagia Kastanias and the cave of Kastania. Split into 2 smaller areas, this beach is an ideal swimming spot for nature lovers and those who seek tranquility and relaxation.
- Neratziona: the sandy beach of Neratziona is only 5 km from Neapoli and has turquoise shallow waters. During the summer, a canteen is in operation, while there are also umbrellas and bathing establishments. Nearby, there is a tavern with fresh seafood.
- Maggano (or Mangano): between the beaches of Neratziona and Pounta, this spot has beautiful sea views, golden sand and even natural shade
The impressive sandy beach of Pounta right across the island of Elafonisos
Sightseeing in Neapoli
With a history spanning thousands of years and a strong maritime tradition, Neapoli has managed to preserve the glamor and elegance of its past. It is filled with excellent museums, ancient temples, theaters, monasteries, imposing castles, and impressive caves.
We recommend the following must-see attractions in Neapoli:
- The statue of Vatikiotis Thalassinos, the symbol of the city
- The Archaeological Museum of Neapoli
- The Naval Museum of Neapoli
- The Metropolitan Church of the Holy Trinity on the highest point of the hill
- The cave of Kastania
- The castle of Agia Paraskevi, built during the Late Byzantine period and offers an unparalleled view of the Laconic Gulf
- Kavomalia lighthouse, one of the most famous in the world
- Pavlopetri, the sunken archaeological city
- The famous petrified palm forest, 15 km outside of Neapoli
Nightlife in Neapoli
Neapoli is ideal for quiet holidays by the sea and nature exploration around the Peloponnese. This, however, does not mean that there aren't entertainment options at night.
As the sun is about to set, walking along the pier rewards you with a one-of-a-kind scenery. And at night, when the town is bathed in moonlight, its main street is beaming with life.
Tip: during your night outs, make sure to try out traditional cocktails with hydromel!
Pavlopetri, the otherworldly underwater city as seen from above
Food in Neapoli
Neapoli takes full advantage of its natural surroundings and produces many traditional delicacies. One of them is the local red onion with a spicy flavor and therapeutic uses. It’s the base for many delicious recipes, such as onion pie and roasted onions with honey.
Other local culinary highlights include octopus with ouzo, small fried pies with goat cheese and pumpkin pies.
Tip: during the first weekend after the Assumption of Mary on the 15th of August, a celebratory event takes place in Neapoli, honoring its local variety of onion with traditional dances, partying and the preparation of onion soup (lots of it, enough to satisfy locals and tourists alike)!
Useful information about Neapoli
As a developed holiday destination, Neapoli provides visitors with all the essential services for a comfortable getaway. Most supermarkets, taverns, restaurants, and shops are gathered around its main promenade.
What about finding accommodation in Neapoli, Laconia? You can find both budget-friendly and more luxurious accommodation options, ranging from seaside quaint apartments to modern hotels.
Important phone numbers for your stay in Neapoli
Here are some phone numbers that could prove helpful during your holidays in Neapoli:
- Neapoli Port Authority: +302734022228
- Carabinieri: +302734022228
- Medical Centre: +302734022222
- Neapoli police: +302734022111
- KTEL Neapoli (intercity bus): +302734023222
- European emergency number: 112
Transportation in Neapoli
The distances within Neapoli’s points of interest are short, so the best way to move around and explore its beautiful corners is on foot. A good alternative for moving in and around the city is cycling. This way you can also avoid the traffic on the roads, especially in the summer months.
To move outside of Neapoli, the best way is by taxi or your own vehicle for more convenience. It is also important to know that there are no car rental companies in the town. As an alternative, local buses run along the coast, with intercity buses connecting Neapoli with other locations.
Book Neapoli ferry tickets online
On Ferryhopper, you can book ferry tickets from Neapoli online, easily and quickly! Find all ferry connections to the neighboring islands on our Map of ferries and get ready for a breathtaking excursion!
Note: for Elafonisos, you cannot book ferry tickets online. Instead, you can buy tickets at the ports of Pounta and Elafonisos.