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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 September 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2017 15 TRAVEL things was walking down the streets which cascaded with jasmine and bougainvillea flowers. The scent and colour against white walls was typically Greece without the hustle and bustle of other more touristic places. Part of Nafplion's mainland definitely had an island feel and the beaches were so lovely, with waters so clear you could see all the way down to the sand beds," Joanna recalls. A less obvious feature of Nafplion are the town's wonderful museums which have plenty to offer to those who wish to immerse themselves in art and history. Nafplion can also be used as a springboard for excursions to the northern towns of Mycenae and Nemea, where the great archaeological sites of the northern Peloponnese stand proudly, as well as the infamous ancient theatre of Epidavros a few miles further east. The twisting labyrinthine streets, heritage buildings, multicoloured flower beds and a sophisticated atmosphere that's a million miles from a typical tourist destination entice Athenians to flood the city on weekends and wander around the narrow alleyways among the cascades of bougainvillea, palm and pines trees, before making their way down to the beach. "As you plunge into the warren of narrow streets, with fading and not-sofading mansions, boutiques, subtly plush hotels, cafés restaurants and well-dressed people, you will realise that Nafplion is a classy gig: a Kolonaki by the sea, or a Glyfada with a fortress. "Athenians like to come here. And so do people from all over Greece and indeed the world, to the point that the international community have voted Nafplion as perhaps the nicest place in Greece," explains Hellander. "Nafplion's cachet as an ex-capital gives it the street credibility that the city of Kalamata or Volos will never have. "A town next to the sea is always going to be a winner and the ying and yang mix of mountains and water give it an undefinable pleasant air; what folk with a cerebral bent might call 'spirit of place'. "Yes, Nafplion is most certainly a popular destination and rightly so," concludes Hellander. Paul Hellander is a travel researcher, author and photographer who specialises in Greece. Paul has contributed to Lonely Planet publications, Rough Guides, Insight guides, Berlitz publications, and Qantas inflight magazine. His photographs have appeared in many publications worldwide.
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