Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese, Greece

After saying a fond farewell to G’s Greek twin brother in Katakolo, G and I whizzed back to Athens in our trusty little rental car…as we had 5 hours to do the trip we decided to have a pitstop along the way in the most enchanting town in the Peloponnese, Nafplio.

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

When I told N’s wife that I wanted to stop off in Nafplio…this was met with a huge smile and that it was one of her favourite spots in the whole of Greece…which I definitely concur with after our visit…was Santorini pretty, yes…did I love it, I could take it or leave it…ask all these questions again in relation to Nafplio and the answer is a resounding yes!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Nafplio was once the capital of Greece many many years ago; the colourful mansions are now slightly faded but are still rather charming.

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

With only an hour to spend in Nafplio, G and I just wandered along the seafront…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…enjoying the stunning coastline views…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…G tried to work out which boat he wanted to own…me pointing out the smallest one in the harbour (my new favourite word is frugal)…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

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Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…enjoying seeing a few men at work…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…thinking, hmmmm I wonder what is inside that building (next time!)

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…while trying to scare a few fish with my extremely tall shadow (I’m 5’11, giant size Kiwi!)…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…and maybe worshipping the blue skies (how I miss thee!)

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…before hitting the colourful facades that Nafplio is famous for!

I love a bit of colour…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…actually I love colour a lot so Nafplio was ticking all my boxes…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…so much so that I told G that I wanted to return to stay for a few nights.

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

And you know…I found a few doors as well…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…just a few…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…seriously good door porn in Nafplio!

Like most Greek towns and cities, there are a number of little spots to stop to grab a coffee that will put hairs on your chest (hence why I drink tea!)

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…or to photograph as they are just so darn…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…cheerful!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

We stumbled upon a rather staunch Greek security guard who wouldn’t let us enter, the Greek security guard had sharper claws than this Kiwi…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…so G found another shop to buy another three freaking bracelets from…<insert eye rolling here>…while I sent a few wooden willy photos to Mummy and Georgie in New Zealand.

I may have accidentally stumbled into a <coughs> shoe shop where all the shoes are made locally, I love supporting local businesses whenever I travel…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…so I bought a pair of tan sandals in a style that I’ve wanted for ages and then another pair which are more for evening wear…you know Greece needs not just one helping hand financially…it needs two hence I bought two pairs of shoes…I’m not that frugal when I enter a shoe shop (I do love both pairs of shoes and have already worn them in the middle of winter, totally getting my moneys worth…and yes I’m justifying my purchases!)….

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…G found a belt that he wanted, I’m pretty sure he hasn’t worn it yet…we will be having a few words of buying items and never wearing them shortly.

The reason why I found Nafplio so enchanting is simple – you can just wander…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…finding little alleyways where the Bougainvillea just rambles all over the street…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…and oh the balconies are so pretty…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…do a spot of people watching, the locals are so much fun to watch as they hid from the shade…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…where photographing laundry is totally allowed <yelling Hi, I’m from New Zealand while waving and smiling helps when people start pointing at you while you photograph their clothes!>

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…and that are just a few of the reasons why I would love to return!

There is a rather stunning looking castle on the outskirts of town sitting on a hilltop which is calling my name…as I said, we will return…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

..by hook or by crook…I will return to Greece to explore some more as there are so many hidden gems in this country!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

And I think I’ve found our hotel which is right in the middle of town…not to be confused with the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Travel Tips for Nafplio, Greece

  • You can visit Nafplio from Athens or Kalamata (British Airways flies into both destinations from London now) – this would be a perfect day trip from either destination however it does get busy in Nafplio during the summer months with folks from Athens.  
  • We found it easy to park down by the waterfront and then walk around the shady streets mid afternoon.
  • An hour in Nafplio doesn’t do it justice so make sure you spend a few hours exploring if you are doing a day trip
  • The Sandal Workshop in Nafplio makes really good quality and comfortable leather sandals (they also have a shop in Santorini) and they are all reasonably priced.
  • Make sure your battery for your camera is charged as Nafplio is really beautiful and you will take a million and one photos.
  • I would recommend flat comfortable shoes as things can be a bit slippery underfoot especially when it’s very hot.
  • We didn’t stay at this property however the Hotel Grande Bretagne has a great location if you are looking for accommodation in Nafplio.
  • You can find more of my posts on Greece here

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

xx

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8 Comments

  1. January 27, 2017 / 8:32 PM

    Love this post! This is the real Greece for me. Gorgeous photos too.

    • January 28, 2017 / 5:31 PM

      Awww thanks Sian! Exactly – it was definitely the real Greece and why I loved it so much more than Santorini. Am glad I’ve “seen” Oia in Santorini but Nafplio is the place I would revisit again as it’s so authentic xx

    • February 4, 2017 / 4:07 PM

      I know, isn’t it wonderful!
      You will have plenty of gorgeous blue skies in easy reach when you get to Oz trust me! xx

    • February 4, 2017 / 3:48 PM

      I know…it was picture perfect! And a great little day trip from Athens as well xx

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