We will have three days in the Peloponnese this December. Does anyone have any recommendations for where to stay? I was thinking about 2 days in Nafplio and 1 in Gytheios or Monemvasia, but we are flexible. I'd love to hear any thoughts on this.
Where are you going after? Nafplio has plenty to keep you busy for at least two nights. How many overnights will you have? Monemvasia is a long way to go, depending on what your next stop is. We spent 3 nights in Nafplio and needed every one. Then we did indeed go onto to the Mani, but we had 10 (or 11?) nights.
I suggest spending all 3 nights in Nafplio. It's a lovely city with beautiful architecture and lots of restaurants and shops. And with a spectacular location on the sea. We spent 5 nights in Nafplio and enjoyed every day we were there, and kept busy, too. For ruins, we visited Mycenae, Epidauros, and Mystras. Our favorite is Mystras but it is about a 1 hour and 45 minute drive from Nafplio. Well worth it, IMO. There are more archaeological sites, wineries, and beautiful scenery. We drove down to the Argolis Peninsula to Porto Heli and Ermioni.
I highly recommend Omorfo Poli Pension! We had a good sized room and the location is excellent. Very convenient. The buffet breakfast is delicious and reasonable for about 6 euros.
On our trip we spent 4 nights (3 full days) in Nafplio. Using it as a base gave us plenty of time to visit the surrounding ancient sites, wineries and the city itself. Our stay at Aetoma Traditional Hotel was terrific. https://aetoma.gr/en/
Stay in Nafplio as it's one of Greece's prettiest towns and a perfect place to base yourself to explore nearby world class archeological/historic sites and so much more!
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Spend all three days in Napflio! It is a beautiful small city and is surrounded by countryside with several major antiquities sites. Mycenae, Epidavros, Tyrins, Corinth, Mystras( farther away but worth the drive!)
In December you should be able to book a seaview balcony room at Hotel Agamemnon, which isn't ordinarily available. I am also a fan of Omorfo Poli, for its nice rooms/good hospitalitiy, but Agamemnon does have THE best location in Old town, just about the only hotel with frontage right on the seafront & not blocked by cafes... and PS it's moderate price as well. Other bonusses, a nice buffet breakfast served in lobby area with full view of sea, and (unusually) an elevator. PS: if booking is available thru an online agency, that's easiest to do; when one books direct, they want a (small) advance deposit, via bank transfer -- which is no problem for Europeans but a ridiculous hassle for N. Americans. With agency, your credit card secures a booking.
Thank you all for great advice! I think we will probably plan to stay all three days in Nafplio based on your recommendations!