I've been renovating my home away from home over the past 4 years and in 2014 opened it up to Airbnb clients. Although short-term stays are fine, my preference is a minimal stay of 1 month. Weekends are possible during the quieter winter months.
The awnings can go all the way up, mid way or down to the ground and give you a private outdoor area and protection from the sun or rain.
Nafplio was the capital of the first Hellenic Republic and is now the capital of Argolis. As an historical site there is the beneficial aspect of the building codes being very strict. My condo is the only unit on the rooftop of a 3 story building with no higher buildings in sight. I'm across the street from the ocean and have the best unobstructed view of the Bourtzi and Palamidi fortresses, the port and the old town. And if you love being surrounded by mountains, you'll be in your element!
This is a one bedroom condo with a closed kitchen and bathroom. I've been refurnishing the interior over the past 4 years. Outdoors on the rooftop terrace there are 2 awnings that can be lowered for complete privacy.
The kitchen is on the small side, but fully equipped and newly renovated. It has a good sized fridge and mini stove with an espresso burner, which, for those not familiar with espresso burners, are for espresso coffee makers, not coffee cups! There is a folding table that can be used indoors or out.
The bathroom has a deep tub, a shower, good water pressure and lots of hot water. I have a washing machine and usually dry my clothes outside in the sea breeze.
Outside on the rooftop is where you'll spend most of your time. One of my friends who visited when I first moved in spent the entire summer sleeping outside. It's quite large out there so you can bring out furniture for a get together or do your morning workout.
Nafplio is a very safe city and I always feel perfectly fine there on my own; you will too. The natives are friendly and respectful.
Depending on your preference and needs, there is enough room for 2 people - in a pinch you can squeeze in a guest or two on the pullout sofa indoors, or on one of the sofas outdoors.
I'm a 10 minute walk into the old town where you can find a wide variety of restaurants and bars on the waterfront, and the newer town is only a couple of blocks away.
There's parking in front of my building if you rent a car. And if you come by boat you can moor it across the road!
My favorite beach, Aravanitia, is about a 30 minute walk, just past the old town, underneath the Palamidi, and has an uninterrupted view of the mountains - breathtaking!
There's a market in the old town on Wednesdays and Saturdays where you can get everything fresh and local, as well as a litre of wine for 2 euros and stock the fridge!
There is parking in front of the building if required as well as additional parking across the street.
Interaction with Guests
I'm always available by email or phone. My real estate agent can help you with everything else. During the off season I'm accepting shorter reservations, but last minute, as in the same or following day, can be a bit tricky during holidays. Please try to give me at least 2 days notice. Thanks!
For your shopping needs, there's a Coop grocery store nearby. When you exit my building, go up the street on your left about 2 blocks. You can get your grocery basics there including fresh chicken, feta cheese, wine and Ouzo. If you continue up another couple of blocks there is a main street, Argos. If you turn right you can find a hardware store, various mobile phone companies, clothing shops, etc. On your left is a great outdoor plant emporium with cheap prices for flowers. You can also find some bank machines on this street. For gift items the old town has the best selection, including many specialty stores for food and alcohol.
You can walk everywhere, but a bicycle or car can give you a bit more freedom to explore.
If you need a taxi, I was introduced to Dimitris, through my friend Nikolaos. Dimitris is usually parked at the bus stop, so only a 5 minute phone call away. You can reach him at (phone number hidden).
Other Things to Note
The weather! Of important note for those travelling in the summer from cooler climates - Greece is hot! In fact I've never been there during the summer season, only in October through January and May as I tend to wilt in high temperatures.
In contrast, when I was there in January a couple of years ago I happened upon a rare cold snap, however brief, where blankets and heating weren't optional. Do not confuse Greece with Bali - there is often snow in the mountains. Fortunately my air conditioner has an effective heating option. There can be a distinct chill in the air from December to February, as well as the possibility for warm weather and brisk sea bathing.
Regarding Spring and Fall, in May and October there are heat waves, in fact during my last October visit I absolutely had to get air conditioning. So, be prepared for the possibility of high 30s and 40s Celsius. Bring good sunscreen, a hat and find a shady spot between 12-3. Have cold water or wine handy at all times. The best time to beat the heat at the beach is morning and late afternoon.
If you are booking an extended stay, I can arrange for additional housekeeping to be done for approximately 20 euros.
While I'm on the rooftop, it's important to be respectful of the other occupants of the building. When coming and going, one needs to be quiet. There is an open airway that comes up from the condos below to the rooftop (I think accessing their washrooms), so noise should be kept to a minimum after 11 p.m.
Wanda was super friendly and trustworthy. She answered immedeately each time some question came up and was super flexible. We liked our stay so much that we extended it twice... a cute comfortable apartment with an amazing look. Thanks for everything !
We stayed in Wanda's place in Nafplio for two nights and she is a great host. The flat is very clean and has amazing views. The area is very close to the center, supermarket and ice-cream shop. I would deffinitely recommend her place. Thanks Wanda!
Wanda was not there but she kindly arranged a pick up for us at the station. The house was ok, the views to the sea and Navplion amazing and the flat was clean, with hot water and all the necessary facilities.
However, we went in winter and we felt it was an option more ideal for the summer.
A thoroughly enjoyable stay in a perfect little rooftop hideaway. The view is as promised, and the flat delivers absolutely all you need to enjoy a stay in this part of Greece. All was clean and tidy, and collection of keys and organization went off without a hitch. When I return to Navplion, this will be my first choice for accommodation.
We had contact with Wanda from when we booked and because we were sailing before we would stay at her place, we had the opportunity to see Nafplion from the seaside as well. The information given about her place was good and we felt really relaxed and safe.
Wanda's place is simply perfect. It is a relaxed ten minute walk from the old town of Nafplio in a safe, residential area. The rooftop view is incredible - you look out over Nafplio and the bay... it's gorgeous! We found we spent so much of our time out there on the sofas!
Wanda was really great with communication both before and during our stay. I contacted her about the place and mentioned I'd like somewhere with wifi... So she had wifi installed for us! She was always on hand to check how our stay was and the offer advice, even though she's doing it from a distance.
Her agent in Nafplio was very kind to us also. He picked us up from the bus station and dropped us off when we left. He also provided recommendations of places to go and things to do.
For those who don't know, Nafplio is a good base to be if you want to see some sites of the Peloponnese... There is a frequent bus to Mycenae that takes under an hour and also buses to Epidavros - try and catch a show if you can!
We had a really great time and would 100% recommended Wanda's beautiful apartment. We'll be back! :)
I presently work part time as a receptionist in a dental clinic and this allows me the opportunity to visit Greece a bit more often. My hobbies are photography, dancing and tennis - all of which travel well!
What I love most about Nafplio is the small town feel it provides but with all of the modern amenities. You can walk everywhere - I've never needed a car Almost everyone speaks English, but in a pinch you can easily find a translator.
I love the quiet time I can find there, all the while knowing that fun is just around the corner if you need it. It's the perfect getaway!