The fact that Nafplio is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece, rich in history and attractions, is the reason it attracts tourists from all over the world. Its narrow alleys filled with monuments from the times of the Venetian and Turkish occupancy, its neoclassical buildings and its three castles charm visitors of all ages.
Here are some extra reasons I love returning to Nafplio, Greece’s first capital city. Hopefully, they’ll give you some new ideas when planning your trip to Nafplio or “Anapli” as locals like calling their town.
1. Start your day with a rich, greek breakfast at KALIMERA
This cute little place welcomes you on Terzaki pedestrian street with the phrase “Goodmorning” written in many languages. It serves all delicacies that Greek breakfast includes, such as homemade pies, bread with honey and jams – definitely try the one made of apples or carrots – , yogurt, omelets, rusks with cheese and olives, as well as fresh juices and Greek coffee. All is very tasty and satisfying and give you all the energy you need to start exploring the old town or climb up the long staircase of Palamidi castle. Make sure you go early to get a table outside and keep in mind that they close at lunch time.
2. Visit the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation
This small yet concise museum will not tire you at all. A renovated neoclassical building hosts a wonderful collection of traditional costumes mainly from Peloponnese as well as other items of the popular Greek culture. Don’t leave before you visit the museum’s wonderful shop with their two friendly cats, where you can find selected gifts and elegant souvenirs.
3. Indulge in an authentic, italian gelato
Although many claim that they make Italian ice cream, only a few master the art of gelato making as well as Mr Marcello does. In Antica Gelateria di Roma you’ll find genuine gelati and sorbets in divine Italian flavors. Zuppa inglese and Casata are a must. Give in without guilt!
4. Plan your own thematic walk in the old town
Even though you might have walked the gorgeous flower filled alleys many times, there’s always a chance to discover something new. Focus on a detail that you find interesting enough, try to locate similar ones around the old town and –why not – create a themed photo album. Visit all the historic churches with their wonderful adornments, locate statues of important men, look carefully at iron cast balconies, count the elaborate knobs on the colorful wooden doors, or simply caress the kittens sleeping on staircases.
5. Lunch break at ITRIA
Since you had a great Italian ice cream, why not continue with Italian lunch? Among many other taverns and eateries on Staikopoulou street you’ll find Itria, a simple restaurant that serves delicious pasta, thin, crispy pizzas and huge, fresh salads. The service is very polite, prices are reasonable and kids will love their food here.
6. Take a long walk from Bourtzi to Akronafplia
The ideal activity after lunch is no other than a long walk, feeling the soft sea breeze and enjoying beautiful views. With Bourtzi castle on your right side and heading towards Acronafplia’s ruins follow the coastal road for a relaxed walk. The view I s stunning and as the sun begins to set the scenery becomes more and more romantic.
7. A refreshing fruit juice at café-bar ROSSO
Café Rosso is an all day joint that stands out due to its special decoration that pays tribute to London and its location on the not too noisy side of Syntagma square. Sit comfortably at one of the particular outside tables and order the huge freshly pressed juice that they will prepare for you with season’s freshest fruit. Super healthy!
8. Dinner at a lovely yard or a flower adorned alley
There are really so many choice choices when it comes to enjoying dinner at lovely environs in Nafplio. Fish lovers should head to the port area, while the ones who prefer Greek cuisine can find many taverns in beautiful settings. My favorite restaurants are Byzantio with its tables spread under bougainvilleas and La Gratella for its elegant Italian menu.
9. A toast to Nafplio with a cocktail at 3SIXTY
Not long since it opened its doors this wonderful all day bar-restaurant ( and hotel ) housed in a beautifully renovated neoclassical building, has become a landmark and draws in many crowds. Ideal for a glass of wine or a cocktail either in the modern interior or the comfortable outside sittings.
10. Spend the night at a traditional guest house
For your accommodation you have countless hotel types to choose from, but demand is high all year round, so make your booking early enough. Most guest houses and boutique hotels have renovated rooms with wooden floors, ceiling beams, small balconies with lovely view and traditional furniture. My preferred choices are Omorfi Poli whose owners are always hospitable and polite, rooms are very spacious and breakfast is delicious and Ilion Suites Hotel for its themed rooms decorated with antiques and drawn beds.