Nafpaktos is one of the very few towns in the world with a continuous living history of over 3000. Known references go back to 1104 B.C. with the “Descent of the Dorians” who built here their ships for their crossing to the Peloponnesus. The name “Nafpaktos” comes from the ancient Greek “naus” (ship) and “pignimi” (to build).
The town was conquered by the Venetians in 1407 A.C. when it enjoyed its prosperity, but was finally surrendered to the Othoman Empire in 1499 A.C. In 1829 the city was liberated and joined the independent Greek state.
The Naval battle of Nafpaktos (1571 A.C.) marks the history of the Christian fleet lead by Don Juan over the Turkish fleet, a milestone in European history. Its anniversary is celebrated for a week in October culminating with a live representation of the battle.