When we were planning our annual vacation and had just 2 weeks we wanted to make the most of it. Discussing with friends and reading a lot we realized that most people with so little time in Greece prefer to stick to the Cyclades and Athens.
Somehow i wanted a more enriching experience of Greece and just islands wouldn't have given me that. After reading a lot I found, Nafplio was the first capital of Greece and is rich in terms of heritage. So there I was spending the last bit of my vacation at Nafplio.
We drove from Athens airport to Nafplio and the drive itself was great. We made the first stop at Corinth Canal and then on drove non-stop. It took us a total of 4 hours to reach our hotel. We checked in left our bags and went out to make the most of the rest of the day. We started with going to the waterfront of Nafplio. There is a huge car park and the area is lined with many taverns and eateries. The sight is very charming. The food was very different than what we had in The Islands.
Lunch was easily available till 5p.m. All the taverns in the port area take you to the kitchen and show you the day's special if you do not like what you see then you may order from the menu. The great part about Nafplio is although its a quaint little town with an ancient feel but it is buzzing till late. People in this town start having dinner by 12:00 a.m. and the music bars as well as taverns and restaurants are buzzing till 1:30 a.m. weekday or weekend.
There is a small toy train that is great for getting oriented to the city . It starts from the sea front and in 20 minutes takes you all around the important sites and monuments. This was great for orientation and then one can explore in detail by foot! The train is not a hop on- hop off so you just sit and listen to the announcement system and get oriented to all the important sites and later can explore each at your pace.
Other things that we really enjoyed doing at Nafplio was walking the promenade and watching sunset at the evening, Strolling the alleys full of colourful shops and buildings and bougainvilleas and going into little souvenir shops, People watching at the syntagma square, enjoying a couple of drinks at the many music bars/cafes by the seafront, views from The Palamidi, day excursions to Tolo, Epidavros and Ermioni and the nearby Cave churches of Didima.
All in all if I had not come to the mainland I wouldn’t have really gotten to experience Greece in totally. Islands are very different and commercial it is ancient towns like nafplio that gives a peek into a Greek culture and traditions. Nafplio hardly had foreign tourists when we visited. It was full of local tourists and we got to see a very different side of Greece life in this beautiful, charming little town.