Updated: Aug 10
Nafplio, the first capital of Greece after Independence (between 1823 and 1834), is considered by many as one Greece’s most beautiful and romantic seaport towns. It’s in easy reach from Athens (two hours drive) and one of my favorite destinations for a day trip with visitors or a weekend getaway with family or friends.
Start your stay with a ride on one of the colorful city tour trains to get an overview of the city and then take in the old town, on foot, with its attractive narrow streets, elegant Venetian houses and neoclassical mansions. Make sure to enjoy the seafront promenade, and if you have time explore the town’s ancient fortification walls, monuments and fortresses.
The historic Palamidi Fortress with its stunning views is a must, especially for all of you that are fit enough to climb up the 900 plus steps to the top! I did it ones, many years ago, and loved it! Nowadays, I have to admit I take the easy way out by simply driving up to the castle . . . . and enjoy the view from there!
Another popular option is to visit the Venetian Bourtzi Fortress with a taxi boat from the harbor front promenade or . . . just enjoy it from afar.
In summer check out the nearby beaches and enjoy a refreshing swim in the areas crystal clear blue waters before dining in one of the many taverns by the sea or in town . . . .
followed by a visit to Antical Gelateria di Roma (the city’s best known gelateria/ ice-cream joint) for endless choices of irresistible scoops of scrumptious tasting homemade Italian gelato and sorbets.
A great spot for a quick dip in the sea followed by a coffee or a meal can be found at the end of the seafront promenade, below the city’s fortification wall. Here, with or without a swim, you have two options; a café or the seaside tavern . . . .
Of the two, I prefer the tavern. Here, the simple cup of Greek coffee I enjoyed a few days ago while taking in the scenery and chatting with friends . . . . was truly superb!
I'm still not sure whether it was the coffee or the fresh ocean air filling my lungs that took my breath away. Whatever the reason . . . I'm hooked and I dream of coming back!
Next time I’ll try the food & admire the sunset . . . which I'm sure will be splendid . . . with a glass of chilled Greek white wine!
Can’t wait . . . .