I wanted to go somewhere in May where I would see poppies! - May is the best month for poppies in a number of European countries and Ive been pleasantly satisfied getting poppy and springflower photos during driving trips during May elsewhere - and this time I was weighing up between Italy, where Id already had 3 recent winter visits, or Greece, for my first ever visit, or Poland for May being its well regarded month of blossoms.
May was a lovely, or even wonderful month for Corinth!! From leaving the airport at Athens I had enjoyed road sides in yellow flower splendour or here and there pink stretches, then around the Corinth Canal an assortment of springflowers blooming in an assortment of colours, including red poppies.
ARound the site of Ancient Corinth there were more and more patches of bright red poppies, yellow and purple and white flowers out in the fields - and then up at Ancient Corinth the hills were alive with the massive blaze of.... poppies!
The temperatures were ranging from a little too cool later in the nights to pleasant to getting close to almost too hot - but not quite - sunscreen and hat were definitely needed - so any closer into the summer months itd probably be uncomfortable - overall May was excellent!
Fondest memory: red poppies and flowers in amongst the ruins that were already exciting to be able to visit!
The lake is 27 km west of Nemea, almost the same distance from Kiato, a nice waterfront town near Corinth. In the summer it dries out and leaves a dry plain.
It was the place of the man-eating stymphalian birds, which they were killed by Hercules (a greek myth). Stymphalia is still famous for birds, as it is a renowned bird and nature sanctuary.
Just 90 minutes from Athens, you are really somewhere else... Even nowadays, it is an unknown place!
The canal of Corinth (Isthmos) was built between 1892-1893. Since that year, ships finally didn't had any more to make the circle of Peloponnese (look the map of Greece, you'll see the importance of this canal)...
The width of it is 23 m, there is also a railway over it. At the south part of the canal, you can visit the archaeological site of Isthmia, with ruins of the temple of Poseidon.
Favorite thing: It is the oldest and biggest castle in Peloponnese, at an altitude of 575 m. It is connected with the suicide of Leonidas Sgouros, who fell equitant from the walls of the castle in 1210, as he didn't want to surrender to the Venetians...
Favorite thing: It is 4 km from Ancient Corinth, a large castle on the top of the mountain. There are three gates, the lower fortification is turkish, the middle venetian and the higher byzantine. You can also see ruins from a minaret, ottoman graves, orthodox churches...
The temple is situated at the centre of Ancient Corinth, which had been built at a large region (you can confirm it even at the present archaeological site).
The city was one of the most important cities in ancient Greece, its bigger acme happened in the 8th century BC. In 395 BC it turned against Sparta, former allied, that's why the Corinthian War (395-387 BC) started... Apostle Paul (in 53) teached christianity there, it was a debauched city...
Visit, finally, the Archaeological Museum of the site...
Favorite thing: It is the nice view from the castle, you can see these connected villages of the Corinthian Gulf, the city of Corinth, even the touristic town of Loutraki. Nice beaches are all around.