Hard as it may be to leave the city and its charms, there is more to Nafplio than pretty streets, cafés, tavernas and shopping. The history of the city is fascinating and it can be fantastic to explore with a hands-on approach.
Blessed with a mild climate, Nafplio is one of the best venues in Greece for winter climbing, while the clean, warm waters are perfect for diving and participating in water sports. The plain of Argos is fertile and ideal for the production of citrus fruits and olives but it is wine that put Nemea on the map, home to some of the best red wines in Greece. Try to visit the Karonis distillery on the outskirts of Nafplio, established in 1869 the company offers a unique variety of spirits.
The waters of the Argolic Gulf have seen thousands of years of nautical activity with history being played out on the deep blue waters; battles have been won and lost and precious cargoes traded on the waves around Nafplio. Nowadays, why not hop on a sailing boat to discover hidden islets and secluded beaches? Taste local delicacies and sample elegant Nemean wines afloat as your skipper shows you the secrets of the coastline, or, for those qualified, hire your own yacht and explore the storied seas.
The crags around Nafplio are made of red, yellow and white limestone and are in dramatic seaside locations, ideal for climbing. There are popular routes at Neraki, Palamidi and at Acronafplia but also in the wider region at Karathona and Kondyli Beach. Organised rock climbing schools from Attica and the Peloponnese often offer weekend courses based around Nafplio, a perfect introduction for beginners to learn amid beautiful scenery.
What better way to see the stunning island fortress of Bourtzi than up close and by sea? In the sheltered bay free of waves, the destination is the 550 year old fortress that guards the entrance to Nafplio. Paddle out to explore the fortified islet, then look back to the imposing castles of Palamidi and Acronafplia and imagine yourself as an invader ready to face the mighty cannons protecting the steep city walls.
In the footsteps of Hercules who came to Nemea to slay the fearsome lion, visitors now make the journey for more hedonistic reasons. The most important red wine appellation in Greece, the mountains and valleys surrounding the village of Nemea have produced wine for centuries. Around forty wineries are found here, mainly making wine from the indigenous grape variety, Agiorgitiko, and most are happy to offer tastings for a delicious souvenir of your time in the Peloponnese.
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