Sunday 30 October 2022

Nafplio by the sea

 Nafplio is situated in the Argolic Gulf in the northeast Peloponnese. Most of the old town is on a peninsula jutting into the gulf; this peninsula forms a naturally protected bay that is enhanced by the addition of human-made moles. Originally almost isolated by marshes, deliberate landfill projects, primarily since the 1970s, have nearly doubled the land area of the city.

We loved this walk and did it twice, once on the early evening of our arrival, 

and then again, the next day.

The seafront is nice for a stroll

Bourtzi, the Venetian fortress, sits in the middle of the port

zooming in to get a better look.

We walked to the end of the pier

enjoyed the views

retraced our steps, turned left and started on the circular walk that would take us back to the town

Acronauplia, part of the town's fortifications that date back to medieval times

the wall on our left

and the sea on our right

We continued on our way

a white bougainvillea growing on the rocks

and prickly pears everywhere

a shrine - they are everywhere in Greece

and the sea, 

We turned a corner

and then, we could see Palamidi, the fortress that dominates above the town

here, a small tunnel has been cut into the rocks

and everywhere, the prickly pears

only some are ripe - they need longer

people carve graffitti on their leaves

We then got a first view of the beach where we used to go all those years ago during our last stay in Nafplio 

so we took the path that leads down to the beach

No sand here, it's a rocky beach

but still great for swimming.

We had walked full circle and soon, we were back in town.

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