If privacy and the best view in town are what you want - you won't be disappointed! I'm a 10 minute walk from the tourist area in the old town, which is perfect if you prefer not to be in the middle of the action. You'll have an entire rooftop to yourself and a cozy kitchen to cook in. I prefer a minimal stay of 7 days, but am flexible for shorter stays, just check my calendar. If I'm not busy I can sometimes swing one night, so feel free to message me.
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. There should be no new buildings obsuring my view in the foreseeable future! 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 small one bedroom / studio rooftop apartment with a closed kitchen and bathroom. Please don't confuse this with a penthouse! Because I'm on the rooftop, there are solar panels and water tanks, as well as satellite dishes. You know, the usual stuff. In the outdoor living room area, I've installed 2 awnings - one on the side that I keep lowered, and one facing the sea that you can raise up completely. I ask that when you are not home, to please keep it lowered halfway to protect both the furniture and the walls. I just repaired the walls in April 2017, and would like them to last a long time. You can also lower it completely and make the area into an outdoor bedroom. Keep in mind there are mosquitoes!
The kitchen is on the small side, but fully equipped and newly renovated. It has a good sized fridge and a mini stove with an espresso burner, which, for those not familiar with espresso burners, are for espresso coffee makers, not coffee cups! The back burner on the right doesn't heat fully anymore, but can keep a pot warm. You can only use one burner at a time so you'll need to be a bit creative. I plan to get a larger appliance in the near future. There is a folding table that can be used indoors or out. It's a small kitchen for sure, but self sufficient. It can heat up in the summer so you'll need to keep the window and/or door open to get a cool breeze.
The bathroom has a deep tub, a shower, good water pressure and lots of hot water. It is on the small side, and the ceiling is a bit low as my hot water tank is installed above the bathroom for reasons unknown. So if you're 6 feet, you'll just fit! 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 to 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. I've never had any problem.
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 sofas outdoors. I also have an old sofa bed (covered in plastic) on the back balcony that can be used as a back up for an unexpected guest. There are spare sheets in the cupboard.
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. If you are someone who likes to be in the middle off the action, you might prefer to stay in town, but if you want some quiet time, maybe not!
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, but check ahead first!
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
In case you didn't read my profile, I live in Montreal, Canada (7 hours earlier than Greece, so it's important to keep this in mind) but I'm just about always available by email, text or phone. My real estate agent lives and works close by and is there to assist you. We work well together and want you to have the best time possible. Our modus operandi is to help you to enjoy your stay and, at the same time, to have all of the privacy you desire. If you do need something, please just ask us! I understand that some guests prefer to have someone one site, but this is not the arrangement with my apartment. You're on your own! But we are always just an email, text or phone call away.
Other things to note
My home is on a rooftop opposite the sea and surrounded by mountains. This is the perfect recipe for wind and sudden storms! As long as you pay attention to the forecast and plan accordingly, there will be no problem. I must stress the need to keep the front awning well secured, in particular if you are out. I've had a few moments of feeling like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz up here, so don't forget to respect Mother Nature!
Please note that in May 2016 I installed a home security video camera outside on the rooftop. This will only be used for your security and that of my home. I will check to see if the awning is well secured as it can be dangerous if left loose - the metal bar can seriously injure someone and it can also deteriorate the wall if it is left to bang against it. I had to repair the walls as a result in April 2017. If you prefer not to have the camera operational while you are there, you may turn off the WiFi for complete privacy while you are outdoors. Honestly, I have no interest in spying on you - only to protect you and my home.
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 March through June, as I tend to wilt in high temperatures.
In contrast, when I was there in January one time, I happened upon a rare cold snap, however brief, where blankets and heating weren't optional. Do not confuse Greece with Bali - there can be snow in the mountains in the (brief) winter. 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, heat waves are possible, in fact during one October visit I finally had to buy new 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 - a good time to meet the locals - and late afternoon.
FYI, 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 kitchens), so noise should be kept to a minimum after 11 p.m.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
I live in my home town Montreal and my interests include photography, abstract art with Japanese ink, dancing and tennis - all of which travel well. I've had my home away from home in Greece for over 6 years now and have fallen deeply in love with Nafplio and Greece in general. You'll understand when you visit! My motto is basically "less is more" - which definitely applies to the size of my home - but with the vastness of the landscape, you'll realize that you only really need a home for rest, relaxation and an amazing view, which I offer in abundance. Outside the door will provide you with more than you can imagine. Trust me on that one!
As a host from afar, I take my role very seriously and have a reliable relationship with my agent and friend who will treat you right. As a team we are more than willing to listen to and accommodate your needs, as well as your suggestions.
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!