A Day Trip to Nafplio

For my final full day in Greece I had entertained a few options but decided on taking a bus to Nafplio and visiting one of the two major sites nearby. I chose the Theatre at Epidaurus. Mycenae would have been the other option. I can’t recall why I chose the way I did, I expect I would have enjoyed either.

I walked from my apartment to Syntagma and took a taxi to Kifissos bus terminal, the second of the two major bus terminals in Athens. I had used the other on my first day to head to Delphi. I caught a bus earlyish to take the trip to Nafplio.

I had a few aims for the day. Firstly to visit the Palamidi Fortress in Nafplio, to visit Eipdaurus, and to have a look around Nafplio. I had heard it was a beautiful city.

I arrived in Nafplio with about an hour and a half before the bus left for Epidaurus. I figured that was time enough to see Palamidi. In retrospect it probably wasn’t as I felt rushed while there but I did still get to see quite a bit of it.

It involved a lot of steps. But the higher I got, the better the views across Nafplio.

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The fortress is made up of several bastions over quite a large area and you could spend a few hours exploring them all. The access is superb, you are able to climb down into a dungeon prison and access other areas that, as an Australian, you wouldn’t expect. It is something I noticed many places in Greece, the history is more accessible that I am used to. Australia excels at roping things off.

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Mindful of the time I made it back down all the steps in time to meet my bus to Epidaurus. Passing this along the way.

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No wonder my legs were tired already.

Epidaurus is quite impressive. I had been to several ancient theatres by now but they were all different and worth seeing. Epidaurus is still used for live performances today. I noted with interest that high heels are not allowed, which makes perfect sense when you see the uneven steps. A theatre like this just couldn’t be used in Australia with all of our safety laws. The setting is quite spectacular.

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The site is much more than a theatre, there is a museum and a city excavation site as well with a lot of restoration in progress.

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I probably didn’t absorb the history as well as at other sites, a little ashamed to say I was a bit history fatigued by this stage. After a few hours at Epidaurus I took the bus back to Nafplio for a late lunch and a wander of the town before catching my bus back to Athens. The sardines were the best of my trip.

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Like the bus trip back to Athens from Kalambaka that stopped at a metro station, so did the trip from Nafplio. It stopped at Eleonas which made getting back to my apartment much easier than if I had gone all the way to the bus station.

After getting back, I didn’t do much more than wander back to my room, go out to eat and call an end to a very long day.

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