Greece, Nafplio

Greece | A Photo-Walk Around The Old Town of Nafplio.

October 17, 2015
Old Town, Nafplio, Greece

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.

Old Town of Nafplio, Greece

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.

3 Sixty Hotel and Suites, Nafplio, Greece

3 Sixty Hotel and Suites

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.

Old Town of Nafplio, Greece

There are also a few old houses and museums in this strip.

Old Town of Nafplio, Greece

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.

Old Town of Nafplio, Greece

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.

Old Town of Nafplio, Greece

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.

Old Town of Nafplio, Greece

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.

Old Town of Nafplio, Greece

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?”

Old Town of Nafplio, 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.

Old Town of Nafplio, Greece

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.

Old Town of Nafplio, Greece

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.

Old Town, Nafplio, Greece

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

Old Town, Nafplio, Greece

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.

Old Town, Nafplio, Greece

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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Photo walk around the Old Town of Nafplio, Greece



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22 Comments

  • Reply Nancie Lee October 23, 2015 at 01:13

    Awesome town tour! I love old cities and architecture also. Your shots down the narrow streets make you just want to walk and explore. Plan to visit Greece one day and will have to make a stop here! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2015 at 09:41

      It’s quite easy to get lost in and around the streets as you’d want to explore the beauty of each. 🙂

  • Reply Linda Bibb October 22, 2015 at 18:29

    We really enjoyed visiting Nafplio – or as our cruise ship billed it, Nafplion. Whatever it’s called, it’s charming. We loved wandering down the winding cobbled streets, worn smooth with centuries of use, because they gave us a real sense of history. Dan also had a great time photographing the Venetian influence in its old architecture and the bougainvillea-laced balconies overhead.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2015 at 09:46

      Haha! I am always confused with the names of the places in Greece. Most of it are pronounced/written differently.
      Everything about this place though is just mesmerizing isn’t it? 🙂

  • Reply Aditi October 21, 2015 at 17:22

    Your pictures form a strong connect… Thanks for a virtual tour of the town!! 🙂

  • Reply Anda October 20, 2015 at 08:56

    What a beautiful collection of photos! They really capture the atmosphere of the old town of Nafplio. I’d love to visit Greece.
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  • Reply Marissa Tejada October 20, 2015 at 02:15

    Discovering Greece’s old towns (so many of them) is a fav. of mine when I travel Greece. Wonderful you explored Nafplio. I always encourage friends who are in town to take a day trip there from Athens!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 20, 2015 at 15:35

      There is not an Old Town in Greece (or Europe in general) that I didn’t love. I’m not a big fan of the cities and would very much prefer exploring historic and charming old towns. 🙂 You’re so lucky that you can just go there any time you want.

  • Reply Linda Bibb October 19, 2015 at 03:48

    Like you, I’m attracted to old towns, the older the better. We enjoyed Nafplio, the last stop on our Adriatic cruise; it might not be as well known as Corfu but it definitely has a lot to offer. Palamidi Castle especially was a highlight.

    So was the food. Did you try the authentic Greek salad? They call it Horiatiki and it doesn’t have a single shred of lettuce.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 19, 2015 at 14:33

      Ironically, The Greek Mister does not eat Greek salad as he hates tomatoes. I love it though! I’m not much of a fan of feta cheese which normally comes with their salad so I always ask for it without the cheese. 🙂

  • Reply Photo cache October 18, 2015 at 07:44

    I wish I was tagging with you on your travels, because this place is just right up my alley. Love the shots.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 18, 2015 at 14:31

      Thank you!
      It’s a beautiful town, I wouldn’t mind living there forever. :p

  • Reply Paula McInerney October 17, 2015 at 22:59

    I also gravitate to old towns in places. I find that they have so much character and history and Nafplio looks so stunning. I would go there.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 18, 2015 at 14:32

      I’m not impressed by high-rises nor of modern buildings, it looks and feels cold to me compared to the charming Old Towns. 🙂

  • Reply Jackie | The Globetrotting Teacher October 17, 2015 at 22:24

    Such great photos! They really capture the sense of the old town and daily life. Exploring picturesque towns like this is such a great way to get to know a country.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 18, 2015 at 14:32

      Thank you. My photos definitely did not do justice though to the beauty of this place. 🙂

  • Reply Liz October 17, 2015 at 17:45

    Such beautiful pictures! I am not a big city girl, so I love old towns, too. There’s just something about the old world charm, and of course, it’s just more photogenic. Great to be following your adventures in Greece’s old towns. Hope to go there someday. 🙂
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 18, 2015 at 14:33

      I feel exactly the same way. The old, classic charm of these kinds of places is hypnotic for me. :p

  • Reply Corinne October 17, 2015 at 11:03

    Love it. Although I’ve never been to Nafplio, I’ve never met a Greek town I didn’t love!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 18, 2015 at 14:35

      I feel the same way. I haven’t been to any place in Greece which I didn’t love. I think I’m Greek in my past life. :p

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