Yesterday we went to the nearby town of Nafplion to climb the 999 steps to the castle of Palamidi. It was built by the Venetians in the late 1600s and was captured by the Greeks in 1822. The climb is intense, but once you get to the top the view is stunningly worth it. You can see all of Nafplion including the town, the sea, and the mountains in the distance. It feels like you’re on top of the world.
The town itself is really quaint and quiet, sort of like Tolo but bigger and a little bit more commercial. Although the shops aren’t ones you’d typically see in the US, they’re still there and more prevalent than in Tolo.
After we had explored the town a bit, it was time to start the climb. Looking up at the castle, it seems like a mountainous trek that will take hours. But in reality, it wasn’t so bad going up and only took us about an hour, including a few breaks for water and a silly video we’re making. 😉
The climb was well worth the view, and the feeling of accomplishment after trekking it up so high on rocks that are so old. The view…spectacular. We goofed around on the way up a lot, having a blast, but once we reached the top there was this moment of silence where we all just sort of stood in awe of everything that lay before us. It was an incredible experience.
The climb was well worth it, but not going to lie…the descent had all of our legs turning to jello. We came back to our hotel via bus, and passed straight out into a long nap. We had a perfect dinner at a restaurant right on the beach last night, and tonight I think the plan is to go dancing! Tolo and Nafplion are amazing, and I can’t wait to share the rest of this adventure! Until next time!