Unexpected Greek Gems

RICOH IMAGINGLeaving Missolonghi we drove along the Corinthian Gulf heading for Delphi.

A glimpse down an intriguing side street in Nafpaktos demanded we stop to explore. Although the hilltop castle looked tempting we decided against a climb.

Nafpaktos was a fortified stronghold of Turks at the time of the Missolonghi siege, and an unknown (to us) gem. If I’d have known about it we’d probably have spent a night here instead of two in Missolonghi. We never planned to come this way again BUT we both wished we had more to explore, so perhaps…


The next stretch of road was a delight, better to my mind than the famous Almafi coast in Italy. Had to laugh when we stopped to take photos, looked over the edge and found a fish farm.

Driving on we decided to look for somewhere for lunch and turned off at a place called Galaxidia, another unexpected gem.

Looking across the bay to snow topped Mount Parnassus we tried unsuccessfully to spot Delphi. Oh well, we’d see it soon enough.


Later, when strolling in Delphi we tried the reverse, but it was too hazy to spot Galaxidia.

While I’d been focused on the antiquities at Delphi I’d not really thought about the town. It proved another gem although I recognise in peak season it may not have been so charming. Apparently the archaeological site was the original site of the town and it was moved to facilitate the excavation.

By the way, our overnight stay in Delphi in Kouros Hotel was less than €40, inc breakfast and it was excellent.

Come back next week when I’ll share our visit to the Delphi antiquities.

6 thoughts on “Unexpected Greek Gems”

  1. Hi Yvonne’ just wanted to let you know that I love your passion..for exploring places…!!! It also enlarges my knowledge for cities and their names…Now I know there are 3 names for one.in “particular.” ‘Mesolonghi’, Missolonghi and Mesolóngion……Thanks keep up doing the good work..!!


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    1. Hi Wim. Thank you for commenting, it’s lovely to get feedback.
      So many Greek places have different spellings – I guess it’s the transliteration out of Greek into various languages. Keeps us on our toes. Best wishes, Yvonne x


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