Travel Stories:: Nafplio, Greece
Hello again! I’m back as promised to talk to you about more beautiful places, in Greece this time. The truth is I didn’t have the chance to see most of Greece’s towns and islands so far, but that’s about to change! I recently visited Nafplio, a beautiful town in the southern part of my country. I bet ya craving for some visual content so I’m gonna jump right to it. Here I am standing in front of a colorful, offhand stand full of flowers and positive quotes. It’s also one of the best photos I have from that one-day trip.
Nafplio stands by the sea and has a rich history, since it used to be Greece’s capital for a while. Also one of the first prime ministers of modern Greece, Ioannis Kapodistrias, was murdered there. Here, now you know a little bit more of history, which in some cases I find it’s boring, but in others it pleases me! Moreover, this small town is the perfect destination for small excursions, since it combines the beauty of the mountains and the sea. Here’s a photo of it to make it easier for you to picture it.
The town preserves its old beauty with tow-floored house in pastel colors, greens, blues and yellows and tiled roofs. In addition there are plenty of stoned paths and roads only for pedestrians, so you can walk relaxed around and take a look at the fancy touristic shops that sell souvenirs, local products, hand-made dolls and decorating objects, like posters and flower crowns. The architecture reminded me of the Island Corfu, as well as the little shops all over town, like the one you see below, the Caramel House, that was dreamy and wonderful and it could host the plot of many movies with its extraordinary scenery.
Or the store with Vespa products and its vintage atmospheare that takes you back to the ’60s.
After a long walk in and out of the narrow alleys it was time for lunch. The truth is that most of the restaurants there are extremely touristic, serving “greek gyros” and “mousaka”, which is great, but not so appealing. Thankfully we found a modern restaurant called “Popey”, which I forgot to photograph -I hope you can forgive me. It was minimal and cozy at the same time, with wooden roof and wine red walls (if I remember correctly) and on the menu were delicious spaghetti, pizza and burgers. It was full of young people and families that were enjoying the tasty wine and the quiet environment.
As long as we finished our meal we headed over to Palamidi fortress to climb the famous 999 steps. Bad choice with a full stomach, I can ensure you. But it totally worths the trouble. The view is magnificent and you can see the whole town, the mountains that surround it and the port from the west side. Moreover you can take really remarkable pictures, like the one below these lines.
When we managed to return back to the ground we were exhausted and in a desperate need of a cup of coffee. We came across the most playful and hipsterish little cafe called “Skajohiros” which means hedgehogs in Greek. Unfortunately there isn’t any descent digital representation of this coffee shop either, so I ‘ll describe it with words. it was as small as it gets, with vivid colorful walls, like a playground. Small square tables were dressed in paint and geometrical shapes and a couple of swings were hanging down from the ceiling. Not to mention the most tasty starwberry and huzelnut latte I’ve ever drunk.
That’s all for today. I recommend Nafplio for young couples and families. It’s a quiet and beautiful place that offers an escape from a fast routine and some relaxing time closer to nature. Here’s one more glimpse of the breath taking sky above it.
All photos were taken by Marstay, go check him out!
Lots of love until next time!