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The Old Town 

 

a lane in the Nafplio Old Town

A riot of red in the middle of an Old Town lane

 

a lane of steps in the Nafplio Old Town

Looking down a lane of steps on the steep hill behind the commercial center

 

a street in Nafplio

One of the lanes in the tourist-oriented shopping and dining district 

 

Agia Sofia church in Nafplio

Agia Sofia is one of the oldest churches in Nafplio

 

ferris wheel in the OSE Park at Nafpli

A Ferris wheel in the OSE Park — Municipal Odeon 

 

Philellinon Square in Nafplio

The monument to the Philhellenes in Philellinon Square.  The Venetian bastion of Santa Teresa occupied the site until its demolition in 1866.

 

Syndagma Square in Nafplio

Syndagma Square is lined with cafes and tavernas and is a popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike. The building at the far end of the square is the Nafplio Archaeological Museum.

 

the Nafplio town hall

The Nafplio town hall at Three Admirals Square (Trion Navarchon Square)

 

a street in Nafplio

A narrow street in the Old Town

 

Church of Agios Nikolaos in Nafplio

The Church of Agios Nikolaos

 

the Nafplio courthouse building

The Nafplio courthouse building 

 

a house in Nafplio

A mansion on the hillside

 

rooftops in the Nafplio Old Town I

Rooftops in the Old Town

 

a lane in the Nafplio Old Town

A canopy of bougainvillea arcs above a lane in the Old Town

 

a house in Nafplio

One of many colourful buildings in the Old Town

 

 

 

Palamidi castle viewed from Agios Georgios church

Palamidi castle looms high in the background in this view from the square at the Metropolitan Church of Agios Georgios

 

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The old customs house near the Nafplio waterfront

 

fruit trees along a Nafplio street

Trees laden with ripe oranges line the side of a Nafplio street

 

port view of the Old Town of Nafplio

A view of the Old Town from the Nafplio port

 

a hillside lane in Nafplio

Shops, balconies and bougainvilleas along a narrow lane

 

a house in the Nafplio Old Town

A house on the hillside above the commercial district

 

a street in Nafplio

Evening sunshine illuminates a street lined with cafe and restaurant tables 

 

a street in Nafplio

Houses in one of the hillside areas of the Old Town

 

a street in Nafplio

Buildings along a stepped lane on the hillside

 

cannons on the Nafplio waterfront

Cannons at the Bastion of Pende Adelphia (Bastion of the Five Brothers)

 

a building in the Nafplio Old Town

A curiously-shaped building on the hillside below Acronauplia fortress

 

a building in the Nafplio Old Town

A rustic building beside a long flight of steep stairs

 

a street in Nafplio

Shops along a lane at Three Admirals Square

 

The OSE Park at the former Nafplio train station

The OSE Park at the former Nafplio train station

 

Agii Apostolis church in Naflio

Agii Apostolis church

 

a street in the Nafplio Old Town

A street in the commercial district

 

a building in Nafplio I

Design details on a building near Agios Georgios church

 

buildings in Nafplio

Residential buildings glow in the evening sunshine

 

lane of steps in the Nafplio Old Town

A lane of steps on the steep hillside below Acronauplia fortress

 

flags in the square next to Agios Georgios church

Festive flags in the square next to Agios Georgios church

 

The scenery and views

 

Nafplio viewed from Acronauplia fortress

The Old Town (foreground), the New Town, and hills and mountains beyond, seen from the Acronauplia fortress

 

View from Acronauplia fortress

An Acronauplia fortress view of the Bourtzi sea castle, the Banieres swimming area, and the Nafplio waterfront park called The Shore. 

 

the path from Nafplio to Karathona

A view of the Argolic Gulf from the footpath to Karathona beach 

 

Larissa Castle at Argos

Larissa Castle and the town of Argos across the bay from Nafplio

 

view from the coast south of Karathona

A view toward the Acronauplia peninsula (upper left) from the coast south of Karathona

 

Palamidi castle

From many places in Nafplio you will see the massive Palamidi castle, which crowns the steep rocky peak behind the town.  

 

view from Acronauplia fortress

A pre-sunset evening view from the Acronauplia fortress 

 

Acronauplia fortress view

Looking toward the Nafplio port and New Town,  and the hills and mountains beyond, from inside the Acronauplia fortress

 

view from the path from Nafplio to Karathona

A view of the Argolic Gulf from the coastal path to Karathona 

 

Acronauplia peninsula

A Palamidi castle view of the Acronauplia peninsula and Argolic Gulf

 

Argolic Gulf and Peloponnese mountains

Eastern Peloponnese mountains along the far side of the Argolic Gulf

 

coast mountain and Argolic Gulf

Mountain, sea and coastline scenery, seen from the path to Karathona

 

View across the bay from Nafplio

A view of the north side of the bay, across from Nafplio

  

Acronauplia castle view of the Argolic Gulf

An Acronauplia fortress view of the Argolic Gulf

 

Nafplio Old Town Bourtzi castle and Peloponnes

Rooftops in the Nafplio Old Town, the Bourtzi sea castle, and Eastern Peloponnese mountains across the bay

 

mountains near Nafplio

Mountains beyond the Nafplio New Town area 

 

Arvanitia promenade view at sunset

A sea view from the Arvanitia promenade at sunset

 

sunset view from the Nafplio port

Watching a sunset from the Nafplio port

 

The waterfront

 

Nafplio waterfront

Rows of palm trees line Nafplio’s wide waterfront walkway

 

Nafplio waterfront

This particular part of the waterfront is known locally as The Shore, and has terrific views of the Bourtzi sea castle. It’s a great spot for sunset watching, too.

 

Nafplio waterfront

Another view of The Shore

 

Nafplio waterfront walkway

Palm tree shadows on the waterfront walkway in early morning

 

Nafplio waterfront

Looking down the palm tree-lined waterfront toward the Nafplio port 

 

Nafplio waterfront

Part of the wide walkway at the Nafplio waterfront 

 

Nafplio waterfront

Fishing lines, boats and the Bourtzi castle

 

Nafplio waterfront

Waterfront view of fortification walls at the top and bottom of the Acronauplia peninsula  

 

Nafplio waterfront

 Sailboats and yachts docked along the waterfront

 

Nafplio waterfront view at sunset

A sunset view of the harbour, and mountains across the bay 

 

  

 

The Arvanitia Promenade

 

the Arvanitia promenade

The Arvanitia promenade snakes along the seaside beneath the steep rocky cliffs of the Acronauplia peninsula

 

Arvanitia promenade at Nafplio

The promenade starts near The Shore area of the Nafplio waterfront, and ends at Arvanitia beach

 

Arvanitia promenade  at Nafplio

The stone-paved promenade extends for about 1 kilometer

 

Arvanitia promenade at Nafplio

The promenade bends around the bottom of the Acronauplia peninsula

 

Arvanitia promenade view of Bourtzi castle at Nafplio

An evening view of Bourtzi sea castle from the  promenade

 

Arvanitia promenade at Nafplio

A passageway twists  through the soaring cliff face

 

Arvanitia promenade at Nafplio

An aerial view of the passageway on the promenade

 

Arvanitia promenade at Nafplio

The steep cliffs above the promenade are covered with immense  thickets of prickly pear and other cactus plants

 

Arvanitia promenade at Nafplio

Path view of Palamidi castle on the peak above Arvanitia beach

 

Arvanitia promenade at Nafplio

A park bench and memorial shrine on the promenade 

 

Arvanitia beach at Nafplio

The promenade ends at Arvanitia beach, a small stone and pebble strand 

 

The coastal path to Karathona

 

coastline near Nafplio

You can’t see it, but there’s a wide path beneath those trees, and it winds more than 2 kilometers along the coast from Arvanitia Square to Karathona beach

 

the path from Nafplio to Karathona

A tree-lined section of the path  offers welcome shade to walkers as they stroll above the gorgeous blue water

 

the path from Nafplio to Karathona

The path is popular with joggers and people heading to Neraki beach or one of several quiet coves between Neraki and Karathona.

 

the path from Nafplio to Karathona

A view of the coast from a lookout point near Neraki beach

 

the path from Nafplio to Karathona

Imposing rust-coloured cliffs tower above a stretch of the path near Neraki beach

 

the path from Nafplio to Karathona

The path turns a corner along the coast

 

Karathona beach path

Palm trees and azalea bushes along the path

 

the path from Nafplio to Karathona

More twists and turns along the path

 

the path from Nafplio to Karathona

One of the coves past Neraki beach

 

the path from Nafplio to Karathona

Walking the path toward Naplio

 

the path from Nafplio to Karathona

Beautiful shades of turquoise in Karathona bay 

 

Boats docked at Karathona bay

The path ends at Karathona bay, where you’ll find fishing boats tethered to a row of rickety wooden docks at the north end of Karathona beach

 

 

The three castles

 

Acronauplia fortress

Houses and hotels cling to the steep hill below the Acronauplia fortress 

 

Acronauplia fortress at Nafplio

The Grimani Bastion of the Acronauplia fortress

 

Acronauplia fortress at Nafplio

The enormous bastion wall is constructed of huge blocks of stone

 

Acronauplia fortress at Nafplio

An entrance portal to the Acronauplia fortress at the top of the Old Town

 

Acronauplia fortress at Nafplio

Inside a long, tall crenellated wall at Acronauplia

 

Acronauplia fortress at Nafplio

Acronauplia fortifications on the cliffs high above the Arvanitia promenade

 

cactus on the Acronauplia peninsula

Vast thickets of prickly pear cactus cover many of the slopes of the peninsula below the Acronauplia fortress. We had never seen such extensive, wide swaths of cactus before.

 

Xenia hotel at Acronauplia

The derelict Modernist-style Xenia Hotel building on Acronauplia is a relic of a Greek government program that sought to improve the country’s tourist infrastructure and accommodations more than 50 years ago

 

Xenia Hotel and Palamidi castle at Nafplio

A view of the abandoned Xenia Hotel and the Palamidi castle high above it

 

Agii Anargyroi church in the Acronauplia fortress

 Agii Anargyroi church in the Acronauplia fortress 

 

Acronauplia clock tower at Nafplio

Tourists stroll past the Acronauplia clock tower

 

Acronauplia fortification wall

Gulf and coastal view from a fortification wall at the Acronauplia fortress

 

view from Acronauplia fortress

A mountain and countryside view from atop the Grimani bastion

 

Bourtzi castle

The Bourtzi sea castle is a conspicuous site in most views of the bay 

 

Bourtzi sea fortress at Nafplio

The castle was undergoing renovations while we were in Nafplio 

 

Bourtzi sea castle at Nafplio

A closer view of one side of the castle …

 

Bourtzi sea castle at Nafplio

… and a closer peek at the other end of the fortress

 

Tourists can visit the Bourtzi castle by taking a shuttle boat from the waterfront (the fare cost about €5 per person). We were never around in time to catch one of the boats, so we don’t have any close-up photos to show what it’s like on the islet or inside Bourtzi. But this drone video, by YouTube contributor haanity, gives some interesting aerial views of Bourtzi, as well as the Palamidi and Acronauplia castles. 

 

Palamidi castle at Nafplio

Looking up at the massive Palamidi castle on the peak behind Nafplio

 

Palamidi castle at Nafplio

Inside one of the castle structures

 

Palamidi castle at Nafplio

A massive stone wall towers above the courtyard

 

Palamidi castle at Nafplio

Two of the huge buildings inside the castle

 

Palamidi castle at Nafplio

Side view of one of the castle buildings

 

Palamidi castle at Nafplio

Tourists explore the castle interior 

 

Palamidi castle at Nafplio

A Palamidi fortification wall high above Bourtzi sea castle

 

Palamidi castle at Nafplio

Walking along a path in one of the castle structures 

 

Palamidi castle at Nafplio

Stairs and walls at one of the fortress bastions

 

Palamidi castle belltower and

The castle belltower and a view of the surrounding ountryside

 

Palamidi castle

A castle wall and a view of mountains in the Peloponnese across the bay

 

Palamidi castle trail high

A vertigo-inducing castle walkway on the edge of a cliff

 

inside the Palamidi castle

That’s me checking out the spectacular sea and coastal views 

 

Palamidi castle

A view of one of the castle’s wings and the town far below

 

Palamidi castle

There are fantastic views all the way down the castle steps

 

The beaches and swimming spots

 

Banieres swimming area at Nafplio

The Arvanitia promenade passes alongside the Banieres swimming area 

 

Nafplio swimming area

Handrails and steps provide easy access to the open swimming area

 

Banieres swimming area at Nafplio

A swimming “pool” at the seaside

 

Banieres swimming area at Nafplio

A view of Bourtzi castle from the Banieres swimming area  

 

swimmer at the Banieres swimming area in Nafplio

A swimmer ventures into deeper water beyond the rock enclosure

 

cliff diving from the Arvanitia promenade

We saw local kids diving into the sea from a rock ledge beside the Arvanitia promenade

 

Arvanitia promenade steps to the seashore

At numerous spots along the Arvanitia promenade, steps lead down to the rocky shore where some people can sunbathe, fish or enter the water for a swim

 

Arvanitia beach at Nafpli

Arvanitia beach

 

Arvanitia beach at Nafpli

View of the Argolic Gulf from the middle of Arvanitia beach

 

Arvanitia beach at Nafplio

A view of Arvanitia beach from Palamidi castle

 

Neraki beach at Nafplio

Neraki beach is a 15 to 20-minute walk from Arvanitia Square

 

Neraki beach at Nafplio

The view from Neraki beach

 

Neraki beach at Nafplio

Neraki actually has two sections — there’s a second cove close by

 

sunbathers at Neraki beach

Sunbathers on the narrow strip of sand in the second cove

 

a cove near Neraki beach

Further down the coastal path are several more coves, like this one, where we occasionally saw people sunbathing and wading in the water 

 

Karathona beach near Nafplio

Karathona beach curves along almost the entire coast of a large bay

 

Karathona beach near Nafplio

Steep hills rise behind the tree-lined beach

 

Karathona beach near Nafplio

Karathona beach is not only long, it’s also very wide in many places

 

Karathona beach near Nafplio

Some of the palm trees on Karathona beach

 

Karathona beach near Nafplio

A panoramic view of the beach and bay 

 

Karathona beach near Nafplio

One of the organized sections of Karathona beach

 

palm trees on Karathona beach

Palm trees on Karathona beach

 

a taverna at Karathona beach

One of the tavernas at Karathona beach

 

a panoramic view of Karathona beach

Another panoramic view of the beach and bay

 

Karathona beach near Nafplio

A small section of lounge chairs and umbrellas 

 

Karathona beach near Nafplio

View from one of the wider sections of the beach

 

Karathona beach and bay

View from the southern end of Karathona bay

 

Agios Nikolaos church near Karathona

 A trail at the southern end of Karathona bay leads to little Agios Nikolaos church on the coast

 

 

The food and wine

 

Greek salad at Aiolos Taverna Nafplio

We ate very, very well in Nafplio, and we enjoyed the local wines we sampled in restaurants and cafe-bars.  This is one of the wonderful Greek salads we enjoyed with meals at Aiolos Taverna 

 

Mixed appetizer dish at Aiolos Taverna Nafplio

The mixed appetizer dish at Aiolos Taverna included roasted eggplant, giant beans, roasted peppers, fava and stuffed wine leaves

 

Mezes at Kakanarakis 1986 restaurant in Nafplio

Our delicious lunch mezes at Kakanarakis 1986 restaurant included grilled bread, gigantes (giant beans), oven roasted aubergines, zucchini fritters, beetroot salad and white wine.

 

Es Aei restaurant in Nafplio

Streetside tables at Es Aei Enoteca and Tapas Bar, where we celebrated my birthday with delicious food and wine

 

Es Aei restaurant Nafplio menu

The menu board at Es Aei the evening of my birthday dinner. We ordered the sausage, hummus, gruyere cheese and cake, and all were delicious. The wine was excellent, too.

 

Kakanarakis 1986 restaurant in Nafplio

We had one lunch and one dinner at Kakanarakis 1986, see here. Both meals were excellent.

Aiolos Taverna in Nafplio

Aiolos Taverna

 

Mitato grillhouse Nafplio

Evening sunshine illuminates the tables outside Mitato grillhouse. You just can’t beat this place for tasty Greek “fast food” fare like gyros and souvlaki. We liked the Mitato gyros so much we went back for more a second time.

 

Le Bistro Grec in Nafplio

Le Bistro Grec was our favourite spot to have a glass of wine and watch people pass by in the street 

 

At Le Bistro Grec in Nafplio

Toasting Nafplio with a big glass of red wine during one of our evening visits to Le Bistro Grec

 

Skantzochiros Cafe in Nafplio

There are plenty of coffee shops in Nafplio, but we kept going back to Skantzochoiros for an afternoon java jolt 

 

 

 

Our accommodations

 

Porto Bello Guest House Nafplio

Porto Bello Design Hotel was our home-away-from-home during our week in Nafplio

 

Porto Bello Boutique Hotel Nafplio

Street view of the hotel reception and suite entrances

 

Paris suite in the Porto Bello Boutique Hotel

We stayed in the hotel’s Paris suite, which was spacious, bright and comfortable

 

Paris suite in the Porto Bello Boutique Hotel

Bedroom section of the Paris suite. You can view more photos of the room interior on the Porto Bello Design Hotel website

 

one of the balconies at the Paris suite

 The Paris suite has two balconies. This one was next to the room’s main space.

 

Nafplio hotel room view

The balcony offered a panoramic view of the Nafplio Old and New Towns, the bay, and the nearby mountains 

 

Street view from one of our hotel room balconies

This was our balcony view of the lane below the hotel

 

balcony of our room at the Porto Bello Design Hotel

The other balcony was accessed from the bedroom area. It wrapped around the corner of the building, and was furnished with a bistro table and two chairs 

 

our corner balcony at Porto Bello Design Hotel

Street view of the corner balcony for the Paris suite

 

view from the Paris suite balcony

Balcony view of the Old and New Town areas and surrounding mountains

 

view from the Paris suite balcony

More of the town view from the corner balcony

 

balcony view of Palamidi castle

The corner balcony also offered a view of Palamidi castle…

 

Paris suite balcony view

 

… as well as houses, hotels and some of the Acronauplia fortress walls

 

breakfast at the Porto Bello Design Hotel

Besides the terrific views and comfortable accommodations, the Porto Bello served a bountiful breakfast that included spinach pies and other pastries, Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, hard-boiled eggs, toast, coffee and fresh orange juice.   Breakfast was delivered to our room for us to enjoy either on the balcony or inside.

 

steps to the Porto Bello Design Hotel

Although the breakfasts were enormous,  climbing  all the steep steps to and from the hotel easily burned off the calories!

 

Nafplio’s convenient location for daytrips

 

Corinth Canal

We got a look at the Corinth Canal during our drive from Athens International Airport to Nafplio, but it’s an easy daytrip to see the canal and the Ancient Corinth historic sites. Naplio is conveniently placed for visits to the Nemea wine region, too

 

ancient theater at Epidaurus

We visited the ancient theater at Epidaurus on our first full day in Nafplio 

 

ancient Epidaurus site in Greece

Besides the famous theater, the Epidaurus site includes a museum, extensive ruins and monuments …

 

athletics facility at the Epidaurus archaeological site

 … as well as an athletics area. We could have taken daytrips to other historic archaeological sites nearby, including Mycenae and Tiryns, but we have left those for our next trip to Nafplio. 

 

View from Mouria Taverna

After visiting Epidaurus , we drove to Arcaia Epidaurus to have a nice long lunch break by the seaside at Mouria Taverna . This was the panoramic view from our table.

 

Mouria Taverna at Arcaia Epidaurus

Seaside tables at Mouria Taverna

 

Mouria Taverna

 Mouria Taverna has a lovely tree-shaded terrace — it’s a perfect spot to escape the sun while enjoying excellent food and views

 

the beach at Mouria Taverna

The beachfront at Mouria Taverna. Accommodations are available both at Mouria and close by. It’s a beautiful and peaceful seaside area.

 

Tolo in the Argolida region of the Peloponnese

 One daytrip we particularly enjoyed was to the picturesque town and beach resort of Tolo, which is connected to Nafplio by regular daily bus trips

 

coast view of Tolo

A view of the Tolo seafront from one end of Psili Ammos beach  

 

Tolo beach

Tolo boasts a gorgeous golden sand beach with shallow turquoise water. Several more beaches are within walking distance of this one.

 

a restaurant at Tolo beach

There are dozens of tavernas and beach bars along the narrower strip of beach where most of the hotels and studio accommodations are located

 

Tolo beach

A view toward Romvi island from the wide segment of Tolo beach

 

Tolo beach

The eastern end of Tolo beach. We liked the look and feel of Tolo so much, we booked a 4-night stay at a beachfront hotel for the end of our holiday

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