Local wines from the Peloponnese and all over Greece are served to weekending Athenians at this selection of beach clubs and drinking dens with views of the fortresses in Nafplio.
As the 19th-century capital of post-independence Greece, Nafplio is scenically located on the water of the mainland Peloponnese peninsula, beneath the lofty Palamidi Fortress – one of three fortifications in the seaport town. The grid of centuries-old streets that makes up Nafplio Old Town is lined with handsome neoclassical mansions, upmarket boutiques and Venetian houses. Also a popular weekend destination for Athenians, it lays on a decent nightlife scene, with wine bars, cocktail hangouts and classic tavernas. Pull up with us for a serving of Nafplio’s best.
True to its name, this bright and contemporary space, with a centuries-old original stone arch peeking through, sells cheeses, cold cuts and other ingredients from all over the Mediterranean, as well as an impressive array of wines. Around 90 percent come from all over Greece (Santorini, Nemea, Florina and more), and many are available by the glass. Walk-in wine tastings are easily arranged, and sommeliers Dimitris and Katerina are happy to suggest snacks, such as local gruyère, smoked eel and ham, to accompany your choices.
With its rough-hewn stone walls and whimsical paintings of dogs dressed as dandies and counts, this cheerful cafe/wine bar/bistro is open all day. Owner Giorgos Bounos knows his grapes and gives you the opportunity to sample hand-picked wines from all over the Peloponnese and Northern Greece. There’s a good range of craft beers, too, along with nibbles: mainly regional cheeses and sausages. Tuesday nights are dedicated to Greek contemporary music, while DJs take over on weekends.
For more about Nafplio, check out the best hotels in the area, bookable with Culture Trip. A short distance away lies the capital Athens, so it makes sense to see some of the best attractions in the city, followed by a trip to an authentic Greek restaurant. While you’re there, make sure to visit some historical sites, or book a stay at one of the best boutique hotels in Athens.