This post is published 3 years after the event so details are sketchy. Although my memory may falter, hopefully the photographs will compensate.
Easter in Tyros was magnificent. A totally unique and exceptional experience. But now it is time to move on to Nafplio. In the middle of the two kilometre stretch of beach in Tyros is the bus stop. To get to Nafplio we first need to catch a bus to Argos. The driver motions to us when we arrive. At the same bus stop in Argos we wait for the bus to Nafplio and we are fortunate in the fact that the bus stop has a digital display and secondly that we only have to wait for around 15 minutes. The fort of Larissa sits on a hill above us with the Teygettus mountain range in the background.
It isn’t long before we arrive at the bus station in Nafplio. We thumb our hotel’s location into Google maps and follow the trail to the King Othon – a hotel that had been recommended to me. The King Othon is an impressive building that once housed the first Ionian Bank until 1962 and was rebuilt and served as one of the first hotels in the area. In 1999 fully it was renovated inside and became one of the first traditional hotels in the city. There is one noticeable negative in our budget room and that is that you need to squeeze behind the bathroom door to shut it. However, it is just about functional. Everything is a positive – tastefully decorated rooms with beautiful antique furniture, a balcony overlooking the street, a lovely shaded courtyard at the back and located almost directly opposite the best ice cream parlour in town – Roma Antica Gelateria!
We quickly unpack and set off to explore the town. Firstly down to the harbour and along the promenade. The view of Bourtzi fortress with the snow capped mountain ranges behind it is breathtaking. We see they are doing boat trips to the fortress so we put it on our list of things to do for tomorrow. From the sea front we find alleyways that take us up above the town offering fantastic views. The Palamidi castle sits majestically above us and we also put this on our list for tomorrow. When in Nafplio you will no doubt stumble across the Lion of Bavaria. This monument was commissioned by Ludwig of Bavaria, father of Otto first King of Greece, in memory of the Bavarian soldiers in Otto’s escort who died during the typhoid epidemic in Nauplion which devastated the area between 1833 and 1834.
The most striking thing about Nafplio is its impressive old Venetian mansion houses . Time disappears as we wander the streets and alleyways.
Later that evening we ask online for recommendations for somewhere to eat. The one we went for was the Aiolos Taverna on Vasilissis Olgas 30 and what an excellent recommendation it was too. Fantastic hospitality and a veritable feast for a very good price. Oh and some complimentary raki that practically knocked me out for the evening – I slept well!