Nafplio Palamidi Fortress – 999 steps, but worth the view

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On our first full day in Nafplio Greece, we decided to have a solid breakfast, put on comfortable shoes and climb the 999 steps up the Nafplio Palamidi Fortress. Built by the Venetians in the early 18th century, the vast fortress was full of caves, dungeons and bastions to explore. However, the most rewarding part of visiting the Palamidi Fortress was the magnificent view of the Argolic Bay and Nafplio down below. However, nothing could have prepared me for the sea of crimson poppies and chamomile growing wild atop the hill.

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I’m wearing a Joe Fresh leopard tee (similar here), coral pleated midi skirt (similar here), the comfiest Ipanema sandals, Miu Miu glitter sunglasses, and a Jewelmint Ritz Rhapsody necklace (similar here).

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It’s easy to spend a couple hours atop the hill, exploring all eight bastions, which have been renamed twice. After a long hike up, we took the time to explore the Nafplio Palamidi and take plenty of pictures. During the workweek, there are many students that come to visit, so it’s a good idea to come before 10 a.m. (we left right after breakfast), or in the late afternoon so you can explore and take photos without too many children in the background. It is extremely windy (my hair was everywhere) and when the sun beats down on the top of the hill, you can easily burn. My flowy skirt, and my boyfriend’s lack of sunscreen was a bit of a mistake!

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At the highest bastion is a bell, and I’ve seen many wedding and engagement photos being taken here. The view below is breathtaking, and was completely worth the steep climb up those railing-less stairs!


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