Napflio, Greece: Cruise-Ship Paradi$e

It’s NaNoWriMo and I’m already behind, so if you don’t mind, I’ll just post some photos from our stay in Nafplio.

Briefly, we freecamped there during our loop through the Peloponnese.

The medieval town is certainly picturesque. Quaint, cobblestone lanes are shaded by a canopy of fuchsia bougainvillea and punctuated by charming taverna signs. Brilliant aquamarine water sparkles in the sunshine.

What’s not to like, right?

Well, Nafplio’s historic old town is a cruise-ship stop, which pretty much rules out any kind of in-depth interaction with actual, you know, Greeks.

What else does that mean?

Lots of euros out of your pocket, basically. High-end shops along Platica Syndagmatos, the main pedestrian street, selling everything from Greek worry beads to handmade local crafts to North Face jackets. A beautiful waterfront lined by pricey fish restaurants I’d never go inside except possibly to use the bathroom. Sprawling seaside bars with colorful chairs and €6 coffee drinks.

Oh, there’s nothing wrong with all that. But shopping’s not our cup of tea, and because we’re on a budget trip, we avoid bars and expensive fish restaurants. Frankly it’s your typical Disneyesque old town.

Don’t get me wrong though. We did enjoy our stay here. Very much in fact.

Nafplio has three excellent Venetian fortresses. And Nafplio’s massive dock is an absolutely brilliant freecamp spot

We parked just feet away from the sea and, on our second day, were brutalized by a massive weather front.

It was thrilling.

The sky went black. The wind screamed. Waves crashed into the dock and then hurled themselves against the camper windows. Convinced we were going to be sucked into the sea, I begged Mark to move the rig. But Scout would have none of it and insisted we stay put. The three of us spent that entire day snuggled up inside the camper reading on our Kindles and watching sailboats smash into the dock.

The next day the sun returned, so we hiked up 1000 stairs to the Palamidi Fortress. Amusingly once we got there, Scout, stubborn goat that she is, refused to go in, informing us she’d had quite enough of fortresses and castles, thank you very much.

OK, fair enough.

Mark and I each went in for about 20 minutes by ourselves while the kid stayed outside with Archie and read on her Kindle. On the way out, we had a nice time chatting with the chatty and clearly starved-for-human-company fellow manning the ticket booth (the one at the back for people who choose to walk up 1000 stairs instead of sensibly driving up to the front gate on the other side). He warned us that a strike was planned for the next two days so we shouldn’t plan to go to Mycenae, which of course we’d been planning to do.

Two meals out. Average food, overpriced in my book but normal for that kind of town.

How about that. Did you like how I promised photos but then made you read stuff anyway?

Here you go…

Our land yacht at the Nafplio dock


Look what pulled in while we were away…


Scout’s watching a giant sea turtle. Mark saw it too, but I missed it.




King Otto and Queen Scout


We ate here…


…and here.


Palamidi Fortress

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1 Tricia (Geekyexplorers) November 4, 2011 at 12:10 am

As always, love the pics & the stories! We felt the same way when we were in Bermuda (not on a cruise) about the town of Hamilton. We aren’t big shoppers – esp at Bermuda prices! We enjoyed the dive bar that served up the best dark & stormy drinks rather than the upscale fish restaurant we ate in for lunch (even if the one & only Micheal Douglas was eating there at the same time).


2 Renee November 4, 2011 at 7:07 am

Thanks, Tricia! I’m glad you know what I mean. These types of towns just creep me out, even though they are “beautiful and quaint.”

We prefer street food and low-rent places too. Better value. And often just plain better.



3 Turkey's For Life November 4, 2011 at 8:54 am

Yeah, clever move – promising photos and then making us read. 🙂 Looks like a beautiful place but we’re like you, that type of place is just not for us. Our paltry budget dictates where we eat and what we do but even if we were filthy rich, I think we’d still eat at the same places and do the same things! 🙂


4 Kirk Romero November 7, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Thanks for the great photos!


5 Renee November 18, 2011 at 10:28 am

Cheers, Kirk! Glad you like them.


6 joannbc November 18, 2011 at 12:16 am

Great photos Renee, love the colours. Good to read your continuing adventures. 🙂


7 Renee November 18, 2011 at 10:55 am

Hi Joann, thanks! Hope everything’s going well in Vancouver. I hear it’s snowing today.


8 Boyink November 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Once again finding the internet to be a small place.


9 Renee November 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Boyinks! Hello. Back at home if I recall?


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