A Hidden Treasure

After a few days in Nafpaktos, Greece, I am surprised that this place is not crawling with tourist 12 months out of the year. Every local I talk too says the same thing: “you should see it in the summer.” And I would love to, but it’s beautiful now. Orange and lemon trees fill almost every backyard and most of the streets. The rocky beaches are home to a plethora of coffee shops, which swap their espresso for ouzo as the sun sets. The port is home to a bakers dozen of fisherman’s ships. Looking out over the Aegean Sea the Peloponese Mountains, cloaked with a wisp of early-spring fog, jet out of the bright turquoise waters. Kite surfers dot the sky gliding atop the ocean breeze; sidewalks are lined with local shops, and the young and elderly alike meander through the streets. To top it off, nestled in the hills to the West of the Sea, the Nafpaktos Castle quenches wanderlust for even the most historically-driven adventurers. Stories about this town begin in Greek Legend, suggesting that prior to invading the Peloponnese, Heraclidae built his fleet in “Naupactus.” Mentions of Nafpaktos begin as early as 455 BC when the Athenians took control from the Ozolian Locrians. The town is rich in history, surviving through the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, becoming a part of independent Greece in 1829. It truly is a hidden gem. Just a few photos that cannot do the beauty justice below.  
 
    
      
 
 
  
    
    
  
Keep a look out for our trip to Delphi! 

Published by hotpinkpearls

31 and in love with life! I was a prosecutor in the State of Oklahoma until I uprooted my life and moved back to Texas. Now, I am taking ANOTHER bar exam.. stay tuned

2 thoughts on “A Hidden Treasure

  1. From Grammy: Michael, How does it feel to return to your native homeland? Looks like you are having a great time. Enjoy every minute. Caitlin, you sound so inspired. Beautiful words and photos. Do they hide Easter baskets in Greece? Love, Grammy

  2. Unfortunately Greek Easter falls on a different day than our Easter. Usually they are a week apart, but this year they are more than a month apart; so, I will miss our Easter while in Greece and I will miss Greek Easter while in Spain. Unlucky planning! I think my mom is hiding a basket for when I return! Of course I’ll still go to mass!

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