The Champagne Backpacker: Michael's Round the World Trip 2005-2007-- The Adventure of a Lifetime travel blog

Monemvasia, Greece

Monemvasia, Greece

Monemvasia, Greece

Monemvasia, Greece

 

 

 


Monday, July 25. Monemvasia; Nafplio. From Kardamyli, we continued south to Monemvasia, the Gibraltar of Greece—a rock rising above the sea on the east coast. The medieval town is reached by driving across a causeway and exploring by foot. Restaurants and shops lined the pedestrian only cobblestone streets. We had lunch overlooking the water, and then hiked up to visit the fortress.

We continued on to Nafplio located on the Argolic Gulf. It is considered one of Greece's prettiest towns, with beautiful Venetian houses overlooked by the towering Palamidi Fortress. Nafplio has been a major port since the Bronze Age and was the first capital of Greece after independence. As Jeff was not hungry, I dined alone on grilled snapper, probably the best meal I have had to date on my trip. The streets were filled with people enjoying the outdoor restaurants, cafes, and bars of this inviting city. We ended the evening over drinks of ouzo, a Greek spirit made from distilled grapes. Water/ice is added to create a milky white drink.



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