You really don’t know you need to visit a place until someone recommends it. Or you hear everyone talking about it on social media. After the interest was created, your brain will start finding the time, resources and every possible way to get you on that trip. Today we’ll follow my brain’s journey to Nafplio and why you need to visit it asap.
Nafplio is the perfect short and sweet getaway that you can plan right away. You can go any time of the year and more so if you already live in Greece. This place was recommended to me by an Aussie lady which I met in a shop in Athens. She said I should definitely go to Nafplio and Kalymnos island. As she wrote them on a piece of paper for me, said that these are her favorite locations in Greece. I could see the enthusiasm in her eyes and decided it was worth exploring them. So, first things first.
How to get to Nafplio
If you are already in Athens or any other area in Greece you have two options to get there, with your personal or rented car or by bus. I went by bus from Athens. The journey takes around 2 h, it’s quick and convenient and the bus station is right in the heart of Nafplio. You can book your tickets from the official website with departure from different areas in Greece. From Athens to Nafplio the price for one person both ways is 23 EUR. Also, I booked a room at Latini hotel which is conveniently positioned right in the center. Very easy and comfortable to walk in the whole old town. However, as much as the position is great it has a downside. And that’s because the busy street can be quite noisy, making it difficult to sleep during high season. Thankfully, I went in October and the amount of people was manageable and not noisy at all. It can be a real bummer for many.
Of course, it goes without saying that having a car will shorten the arrival time and you can book rooms in a quieter location outside the crowded area.
If you wish to offer a surprise trip to your partner, this can be it. The romantic and cozy vibes of this town will make you feel all lovey dovey. The layers of history of this coastal city are heavily infused on the colorful houses and fortresses. The resemblance of Venetian architecture is still present at every step. And by far the most spectacular architectural masterpiece is the Fortress of Palamidi which offers the most breathtaking view over the entire city. This is definitely the first thing you should be doing when you arrive in Nafplio. To reach the top you have nearly 1000 steps to complete. The entrance to the fortress is 8 EUR. However, as you increase in altitude the view gets better and better and by the time you reach the top you’ve seen it all. For me the entrance to the fortress was not necessary, but maybe you may consider that it is.
Another thing that you’ll definitely enjoy is discovering the buzzing streets of the old town. It’s filled with restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops and my favorite chocolate place called Taste3. They have a variety of assortments and tastes and it’s so yummy. Walking on these streets it’s like a therapy for me as I immerse in observation. My soul starts smiling and my entire being feels excited, happy, and curious. This true raw feeling is why I travel and keep doing so with joy.
Lastly, you should walk from Arvanitias beach around the mountain rock on the Arvanitia walking area. You will reach the floating castle and you can sit in one of the front cafes to enjoy the view and relax. Have a look at the pictures below that I took on this walk.
As an optional thing you can take a boat ride from the harbor to the Bourtzi Fortress, which is the one in the pictures below looking like it’s floating. The panorama is for sure exceptional.
- Romantic getaway for the weekend
- Places of interest: Palamidi Fortress, Old Town, Walk from Arvanitias beach
- By bus 23 EUR both ways Athens/Nafplio
- Favorite chocolate shop in the old town Taste3
- Less crowded and less noisy off season
- During Covid times you need a vaccine certificate or negative rapid test to board the bus
I’ll let the below pictures explain why you need to visit Nafplio. Until then scroll my adventures to discover new destinations.