Here I am again, talking about yet another Old Town in Greece. For those who are following my blog, you’d know how I’m very much interested in exploring Old Towns more than anything else whenever I travel. There’s something about old architecture and cobblestone paths which I find extremely charming. Nafplio in the Peloponnese region of Greece is a place which one must visit if you’re like me who’s easily charmed by Old Towns.
As soon as we arrived in Nafplio from Monemvasia, we checked in at the fabulous 3 Sixty Hotel and Suites which is located right in the middle of the Old Town. We had a glimpse of what we’re about to discover while staying there on our way to the hotel and it got me so excited to explore it.
We took a quick shower to freshen up a bit before starting our walk around the Old Town. We started it by going back to the small strip of road where we came from which was lined up by cute shops which are mostly family-owned businesses.
There are also a few old houses and museums in this strip.
After taking several photos, we proceeded to enter one of the numerous alleyways of the Old Town of Nafplio. Unlike the other Old Towns that I’ve visited in Greece, this isn’t very crowded. It must be because the summer season is almost over, in fact it was raining a bit when we arrived.
Even if it wasn’t very crowded, you can still feel that the Old Town is very much vibrant which worked out so well for both The Greek Mister and myself. We enjoyed seeing the sights, walking around the alleyways without having to deal with a huge number of tourists.
I had a deja vu feeling as we were exploring the old town of Nafplio. It somehow reminded me of the old town of Corfu, the atmosphere and the architectural design of the buildings are very similar between these two places. It wasn’t surprising at all though as both were occupied by the Venetians for a period of time.
Due to its strategic location, Nafplio was an important seaport during the Middle Ages. Frankish, Venetians and Turkish conquerors took over this town for some time each leaving a distinct influence in Nafplio’s architecture, culture and traditions.
It was also the capital of the First Hellenic Republic and of the Kingdom of Greece, from the start of the Greek Revolution in 1821 until 1834. This is a fact which everybody (of course all Greek) I met before going to Nafplio seem to take pride of, that it was the first capital of Greece. “Oh! You’re going to Nafplio next? It’s beautiful! Did you know that it’s the first capital of Greece?”
We had a few drinks at one of the bars in Syntagma Square – another very important thing to note about Nafplio is its streets and key places are named exactly the same as the ones you will find in the now capital of Greece, Athens. I still remember our hotel when we were in Athens a few years ago, it was also near Syntagma Square.
We decided to walk by the corniche just as the sun was about to set. The corniche was lined up by restaurants and tavernas once again and at that time, it was beginning to get busy for all the people who are finishing off their day and ready to have a leisurely time to have drinks or coffee or snacks.
As we just had our drinks, we proceeded to walk around the Arvanitia Promenade. I wasn’t aware at that time that walking around this promenade at sunset is such a cliche for an activity listed on Visit Greece website as a must-do in Nafplio: at sunset take a romantic stroll around the so-called “Arvanitia Promenade”. It’s been highly recommended to us by a lot of people before heading there and it was truly a romantic and relaxing walk.
We reached the mountain where the Palamidi Castle is located but of course we didn’t go there that day. We planned to have a trip to the castle the next day by car. :p
A few more minutes of walking later, we were back in the comforts of the Old Town. We needed that walk to somehow burn off the calories from all the Greek food we’ve been feasting on since we arrived and I have to say, it was really rather relaxing.
I now solved the mystery of why Greeks are so fit! Walking around beautiful places such as this one is something I would love to do myself everyday and that’s coming from someone who’s too lazy to do any physical activities. 🙂
Here’s a video I made about our stay at 3 Sixty Hotel and Suites which shows some bits and pieces of our walk around the Old Town.
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