I’m back! This time to give you info about one of the most romantic cities in Greece…Nafplio. It was the first capital of Greece, (1823-1834) and the major seaport of the eastern Peloponnese. The town of Nafplio has been strongly influenced by Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors, and its unique architecture includes medieval castles, Venetian buildings, ancient walls, Ottoman fountains, statues and monuments.
Sightseeing, breathtaking views, amazing beaches, walks in the Old Town- one of Europe’s most beautiful, pay a visit to the unique museum of “Kombolói”, are some of the few things you can do in Nafplio.
- Take a stroll on “Arvanitia Promenade” (1km ) to enjoy the rocky landscape of Acronafplia and the sea view
- Go to Palamidi castle either by car, or, if you are brave enough, climb the 999steps to reach it. Phew! The view of the Argolic gulf and the landscape from up there (216m above sea level) is totally rewarding. And as for its history? I should write another post to talk about it, or you could check for yourself once you get there!
- Visit the one–of-its-kind “Kombolòi Museum”. Unique collections of strings of beads dating back from 1700 to 1950, Catholic and Monastery Rosaries, Hinduistic, Buddhistic, Muslim and of course Greek strings of beads are exhibited on the 2nd floor of the 18th century two-story building where the Museum is located. Both workshop and retail shop are on the ground floor.
- Go to Bourtzi, the Venetian small fortress located on the islet of Agioi Theodoroi, which is also the most photographed spot of Nafplio. You can reach it by one of the small boats departing regularly from the port.
- Buy souvenirs from the Old town and just get lost in its cobblestone alleys to admire the town’s architecture.
- Eat homemade, mouthwatering ice cream. Antica Gelateria di Roma. Remember the name. Your palate will thank you for it.
- Go to Syntagma Square, in the heart of the old town, where the most important historical buildings and monuments are located. While there, also visit the Archaeological Museum, which was originally a Venetian arsenal.
Swimming: Nafplio has only 1 beach, Arvanitia. But in short distance (15minutes drive) you can enjoy several beaches with all kinds of facilities (Tolo, Karathona, Agios Nikolaos, Kantia, Vivari, Iria).
Accommodation: Nafplio is a town for all kinds of pockets! You can choose among luxurious hotels, traditional guesthouses, small houses converted in rooms to let, or marvelous mansions.
Where to eat: For traditional Greek food it’s either “To Omorfo Tavernaki” or “Alaloum”. For fish go to “Arapakos” and for Italian/Mediterranean food “La Grattella” or “Il Porto” it is. For the burger lovers, the only option I’d give is “Ano Kato”…you will understand why.
When in Nafplio, pass by 14 café-bar. The owners are the sweetest people I’ve ever met and they will be thrilled to help you with anything you need. Also, they have the biggest variety of beers in the region.