Corinth Canal, Athens
The famous Corinth Canal, which separates the Peloponnese from mainland Greece, connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf. The Corinth Canal, though only completed in the late 19th century, was an idea and dream that’s dates back over 2000 thousand years.
The strip of land that connects the Peloponnese and mainland Greece is called the “Isthmus”. At it’s narrowest point, it is only 4 miles wide, and in ancient times, one could see from one side to the other.
This place is not exactly in athens -but on the journey from athens ty the port of Paras
The Corinth Canal cuts across an isthmus between Loutraki and Korinthos on the coast road almost directly west of Athens. The cut for the canal is deep in solid rock. There are several bridges across the canal. You can stop on either side and walk out on well protected sidewalks on the bridge. The view is spectacular. Just past the bridge there is a restaurant and gift shop with a nice sized parking lot. For the real adventurer it is possible to bungee jump into the chasm (no thank you!)
You will pass by this place if you take the Argolis tour or are travelling south-west of Athens to Epidavros.
The Corinth Canal links the Aegean and the Adriatic seas. Its approx 6 km long and has a water depth of about 8 m. Its around 25 m wide at the water surface.
Before it was built, ships sailing between the Aegean and Adriatic had to travel about 400 odd kms extra.
Unfortunately, modern day freighters can't pass through this canal. You can actually take a cruise tour through this canal - I couldn't do it for lack of time.
Here's a view from the top. If you suffer from vertigo, its better to avoid looking down from the bridge :-)
There's a small cafe where almost everyone stops to grab a bite or drink Greek coffee. There's a souvenier shop next door too.
Stop at Corinths Canal on the way back from Mycenae to Athens.
Fascinating work.. How they just cut through a thin strip of land so ships don't have to travel all the way round the cape. Very amazing coz the sides of the canal are Vertical!