The Peloponnese region of Greece is home to the hidden gem of Nafplio.
This seaport town boasts old-world charm with modern luxuries like savvy beach clubs and boutique hotels.
There is a gelato shop on every marble corner and the streets are lined with many restaurants, which take credit cards unlike a lot of places I have found in Greece.
The sun sets along the turquoise blue waters so clear that you can spot the sea urchins that collect themselves in the corners of the harbor.
Parents play with their children in the streets in the midnight hours while crowds gather together at wine bars and cafes.
The energy of the town is much calmer than other areas of Greece; merchants and restaurant owners greet the people passing but don’t haggle them to come shop or eat.
A walk along the scenic pathway will give you a chance to take in views of the water and the Bourtzi fortress before leading you to a small beach, a tiny piece of paradise.
The beach bar, Blublanc, is a series of rectangular decks and small white tables with wooden tabletops. Or, if you prefer, you can order right from your beach chair on one of their three levels along the water. It reminds me of a restaurant you would find along the beaches of Delray and specializes in a savory prosciutto pizza.
The town is the prefect mix of old charm and modern amenities and the perfect escape for travelers looking to be less tourist.