Nafplion – Palamidi
8:30: Departure from Eretria. We pass Athens from peripheral routes and are directed towards Corinthos.
10:15: We stop at Corinthos, at the Corinth Canal for 30 minutes. Through the canal sails mainly small boats from Piraeus port towards the Ionian Sea and vice versa. That way the boats are gaining time, without needing to sail around the Peloponnese and avoid the difficult waters of Cavo Malias. The Canal area has being renovated and upgraded in order to serve and cater the thousands of visitors who visit the area and make a stop in order to rest and admire that magnificent man made project, taking pictures and admiring the whole scenery.
10:45: Departure towards Nafplio. We visit the Naplion Castle and Palamidi fortress with its stone stair and 999 steps (this is the place that Theodoros Kolokotronis, the hero of the revolution against the Ottomans in 1821, was jailed).
13:30: We are taking a stroll around the town of Nafplio and if you wish you can buy souvenirs or local products from the shops and enjoy a coffee or a lunch on one of the cafes or restaurants nearby. Nafplion has an exceptional place in Greek history, as it was the first capital of Greece, after its liberation by the Ottomans in 1715. We pay a visit to the magnificent Bourtzi, the old Venetian fortress that is located on an islet, right across the town of Nafplio. It is a wonderful image, viewed by many spots of the city, even by the gate of Nafplion. The word Bourtzi has Arabic origins and means fortress on the sea.
16:00: Return to Eretria, and stop for a short break at a Fast Food place on the Motor way.
18:30-19:00: Arrival to Eretria
The first capital of Greece, where in Square is the first Parliament, the house of Th. Kolokotronis, the palace of I. Kapodistrias and the archaeological museum.
The sculpture of the Sleeping Lion will catch your attention because it is sculptured onto a rock. On the way to the sea you will find boats lined up at the harbor ready for transport to the legendary Bourtzi, a castle that stands in the middle of the sea.
Continuing offshore, after the cafes in the seafront pedestrian road, continues thus making the tour of Akronafplia to Arvanitia beach with white pebbles.
From Arvanitia the walk leads to the old town from the “Pyli Xiras Gate”, where once it was the only entrance to the city and Palamidi.
From this entrance we enter the picturesque neighborhoods of Nafplio. Beautiful streets with stairs, neoclassical mansions, quiet taverns, traditional guesthouses, make up the scene of the city.
Continuing the tour, the famous 999 steps lead us to the castle of Palamidi, which stands imposing above the city. They were built in the time of Otto by convicts who were imprisoned there.
Initially there were 1150, but some of them were lost from maintenance work and now 857 are left. It is a historically marked monument, because Th. Kolokotronis died here prisoned after his conviction for conspiracy against the regime.
The churches of Nafplio are equally beautiful. The Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, which dates back to the 15th century with its wood-carved iconostasis, is of unique beauty.
The church of Agios Spyridon, where at the entrance of the church, I. Kapodistrias was murdered. At the point where the bullet was wedged, a glass showcase was installed. Undoubtedly Nafplio is one of the most beautiful cities in the country.