The Vibrant Colors of Nafplio

In September, we visited the seaport town of old Nafplio in northeastern Peloponnese two hours south of Athens. Upon entering Nafplio, we noticed the town resembled the modern neighborhoods of Athens. Having seen photos of colorful, historic Nafplio, we wondered if we were in the right place.

Determined to find the beautiful town our friends and family raved about, we kept driving through the busy town. To our relief, at the end of town, we discovered old Nafplio perched on the hillside of a peninsula below the medieval fortress of Palamidi. We followed the road along the port which led up a hill to a small parking lot at the edge of town overlooking the Argolic Gulf and Venetian island fortress of Bourtzi.

Nafplio Water View

One of the first things that caught my eye in the parking area, aside from the view of the sea, was a vibrant red sign for Tavern Fanaria boasting the same cook since 1980.

Starting at the top of the town, we walked down steep staircases to terraced lanes filled with shops, tavernas, charming old Venetian and neoclassical-style buildings, and hotels painted in vibrant colors.


At the upper level of the town we came across this striking red house with green shutters.


The bright rainbow of colors in these taverna chairs caught my eye. Fun!


A colorful sign advertised the menu for this fish taverna.


After scoping out a few tavernas, we found one on a quiet street that served traditional cooked Greek foods. We ordered Fasolakia (cooked green beans), Yemista (stuffed tomatoes and peppers), and Salata Marouli (chopped romaine salad). The dishes came very close to the fabulous home-cooked meals my mother-in-law used to make.

After lunch we strolled the narrow lanes admiring the colorful buildings and doors. We got plenty of exercise climbing up and down the steep stone staircases.




This electric blue door made me stop and take notice. For more doors of Nafplio see my prior post, The Doors of Nafplio, Greece.


Along the way we came across a gorgeous Gelateria decorated with vibrant pink and green chairs.


From the promenade by the sea, we viewed the fortress of Palamidi perched on the mountaintop under a bright blue sky.

Nafplio Fortress View

With only an afternoon to spare in Nafplio, we didn’t have time to explore the fortress, museums, or take a swim at the nearby beach. With so much to see and do, we plan to spend at least a night the next time we visit this beautiful town.

This post was inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Vibrant Colors.