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Corinth Highlights

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    janetanne says…

     Close to Athens, prices reasonable 

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     Must get away from city to appreciate the best views. 

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     If you did well with your timing you could do these 3 sites - Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth and AcroCorinth in one completely satisfying day! 

Corinth Things to Do

  • Museum Visit

    Inside the Korinth Ruins Site is a small museum. Most of the really valuable things in all the Greek sites were taken to Athens, but you can always find some interesting things to see in their museums. This museum has some good statues, and parts of statues that they have found.Displayed behind a glass window are collections of body parts that were...

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  • CRUISE THROUGH THE CORINTH CANAL

    One must ride on a boat, barge, cruise ship or anything that can sail through the Corinth Canal. It is one of the most exhilarating adventures I have undertaken. As you approach the canal you can see the massive cuts made on the side walls that rise so high above.Inside the canal, the walls appear to be only feet away, as if I could touch the wall...

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  • The Corinth Canal

    The Corinth Canal joins the Aegean Sea and the Ionian Sea, cutting through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnesian peninsula from the Greek mainland. The Canal is not quite 4 miles long, but ships could save hundreds of miles by going through it. (Big modern ships can’t use it—they are too wide.) People had wanted to construct...

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  • The movable platform

    I thought that I knew just about everything that there was to know about the early Christian-era of Corinth but I got to see something during my latest trip which I had never seen before. Most students of Corinthian history or archeology are familiar with the fact that to avoid the 185 mile sail around the Peloponnesos ancient sailors would take...

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  • Sail Through the Canal

    Now, you can go to the port at Ismia on the Aegean port of the Corinthian Canal and take a small private boat through the canal and return. The ride was magnificent. The boat was clean and efficient and very comfortable. We sat on the top of the boat where I was able to get some fabulous photos. One of the most interesting things to look for, is a...

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  • Not anyone could sail in

    Corinth was an important city in classical Greek and especially early Roman times. Hence the apostle Paul founded a christian community and wrote the Corinthian epistles.

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  • Ancient Corinth

    The late Greek (Hellenistic) & Roman remains of Corinth are to be seen in a tourist-friendly site, in the modern-day village of Ancient Corinth / Archea Korinthos. At the centre of this site is the agora/forum. The village used to be the site of modern Corinth until an earthquake destruction in 1858. Recent pedestrianization has made the area a bit...

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  • Acrocorinth

    After visiting the Ancient Corinth archeological site we headed up to mountain that overlooks the ancient town. It’s called Acrokorinthos (acro in greek means edge) and was occupiced several times from the ancient times because of its strategic position over the Corinth Gulf. There is a castle there with ruins form different architectural styles...

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  • Ancient Corinth

    The ruins of Ancient Corinth is the most popular and important sight to see in Corinth area. There are a large number of ruins of old buildings, temples, the agora etc Althought the city of Ancient Corinth covered an area of about 15 km what you can visit here is the excavated site but you can also see ancient walls all over the village of Archea...

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  • the Corinth canal(isthmus)

    Although the Ancient Corinth is more important historically, the Corinth Canal was so impressive since the first time I saw it (during my childhood) so I will put this as a must see for sure. The old expressway from Athens to Part was over it in the past so we were very excited every time we were crossing the canal even if we didn’t stop. Now, the...

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  • Corinth, the modern city

    The modern city of Corinth (Korinthos in greek) has nothing to offer really to the visitor because all the sights (ancient Corinth, acrocorinth, the canal etc) are outside of the city. It’s a typical greek city that after some big earthquakes it’s been rebuilt with concrete all over the place with no good taste at all. If it happens to pass by you...

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  • Corinth Canal

    The Corinth Canal is a canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. The canal is 6.3 kilometer in length and was built between 1881 and 1893.The Corinth Canal is considered a great technical achievement for its time. It saves the 400 kilometers long journey around the Peloponnesus for smaller ships, but since it...

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  • The Corinth Canal

    This amazing piece of engineering I reckon is a must-see! Its only an hour by excellent and rather fast/free flowing motorway from the Athens airport where I picked up my rental car. Not a lot of signposting though so its best to have a good road map and rely on that and your senses - as in where to leave the motorway to meet the road that goes...

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  • Korinthos (modern Corinth)

    I drove into modern Corinth/Korinthos trying to find the road that would take me along the coastline to meet up with the entrance into the Corinth Canal - and had no reason to head any further into the city as being an industrial and agricultural city along with having being levelled in several severe earthquakes and rebuilt there is pretty much...

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  • Views up the Corinth Canal from the...

    Down at the northwestern end of the Corinth Canal where it meets the Gulf of Korinthos, are views up the canal and where you can see the remains of the ancient diolkos which was a paved road where boats were carried across the isthmus. The road crosses the water by a small one lane bridge that lifts to allow the boats through in and out of the...

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  • Ancient Diolkos

    At the north-western/Korinthos end of the canal, where the canal enters the isthmus from the Gulf of Korinthos, are signs that point out remains of the Ancient Diolkos - a paved way along which a wheeled platform used to carry boats across the isthmus. This was in use from the Roman times until the twelfth century and the boats were strapped onto...

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  • Corinth canal cruises

    I didnt do this but there were a number of advertisements about for cruises through the canal plus there were boats going through the canal that were obviously tourist boats.So this would be a great trip to make if you have the opportunity!

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  • Corinth canal cruises

    I didnt do this but there were a number of advertisements about for cruises through the canal plus there were boats going through the canal that were obviously tourist boats.So this would be a great trip to make if you have the opportunity!

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  • The modern canal

    The modern canal was dug between 1882 and 1893. It is 6343 meters long and 21 meters wide. The story of the modern digging is not absolutely clear and various sources give somehow contradictory information. I have collected various sources from the literature and finally established the following story which should not be to far from the truth.In...

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  • Corinth in the Antiquity

    Already in the the 6th century BC, boats were transported on wagons across the isthmus on a special paved road. Alternatively, goods were unloaded and transported across the isthmus.In 67 AD, Nero decided that a canal had to be dug. 6000 prisoners were in charge of the work but the project was abandoned by the next emperor.

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  • Why a canal in Corinth ?

    If you look at the map the importance of digging a canal into the Corinth isthmus to connect the gulf of Corinth in the Ionion sea and the Saronic gulf in the Egean sea is obvious.The purple line is the « regular » sailing from Corinth to Loutraki, around Peloponisos. The route is about 700 km while the isthmus (red line) was a little more than 6...

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Corinth Transportation

  • how to get there

    Corinth is 84 km away from Athens. You can travel there by bus or suburban train(9e one way, 14e return ticket) from Athens and then take a local bus or taxi for the sites but that will be stressy and maybe more expensive for you. There are local buses from Corinth to Ancient Corinth.A better idea (if you don’t have a car) is to book an organised...

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  • How to get to the Corinth Canal

    The Isthmus of Corinth is situated at the distance of 78 kilometers from Athens and 6 kilometers from Corinth.All the buses are going to Peloponnesus by the Old motorway and make stops at the Canal (two times an hour; 1,5 hours in a way from Athens, 5,5 euro). You may be lack of time to watch the Canal during this short stop, but you may use the...

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Corinth Shopping

  • Art and Greek Made Items

    I live in Italy and I get tired of seeing things here that look Italian but are made in China. So when I am visiting another country I strive to find something made by a local artisan. There is such a shop just at the exit of the ruins, turn right and walk to the first shop. See photos below of the Greek man who owns and works there.His shop is...

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  • Look for pottery

    Between the area of Ancient Corinth and the new city centre of Corinth, you'll find a very nice pottery shop at the northside of the road. You'll find lots of sizes, shapes and scenes of the vases and plates inside and the best thing: they are all handpainted. The lady that runs the shop is always busy painting the pottery and is well willing to...

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Corinth Tourist Traps

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    by JLBG Written Jun 4, 2008

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    Corinth canal is worth a visit but this is not a place where you should spend too much time. Greece has much more to offer elsewhere!

    Beware of shops around the canal: they are tourist traps. Sailing on a cruise boat across the canal can be considered as a special experience but given the price, it can be also considered as a tourist trap!

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Corinth Off The Beaten Path

  • Loutraki and Limni Vouliagmenis

    If you have a car worth to drive 4km north of Corinth Isthmus and visit Loutraki, a popular seaside restort, most people go for swimming along the large pebble beach in front of the town (pics 1-2) and have lunch and one of the local restaurants. Loutraki was famous for its healing waters since the ancient times and even today you can visit the...

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  • Bungy jump into the Corinth Canal

    Saw this sign here - my visit was outside the advertised months of activity though how unfortunate I couldnt take the opportunity to scare myself silly jumping upside down into the Corinth Canal! 30,000 advertised jumps already though - it must be good!

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  • Spring sights around Corinth - 1st day...

    When trying to decide where to go to take advantage of May being a great month to catch the spring look at its peak - ie spring flowers, poppies and so on - I ended up going to Greece which after 8 years in Greece was finally my first visit to Greece.Driving on from the Athens airport I headed on up to Corinth to see the Corinth Canal (inspired by...

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Corinth Favorites

  • Isthmus of Corinth

    The Corinth Canal cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnesian peninsula from the Greek mainland and therefore effectively making the former an island.While technically it may be considered an island since the construction of the Corinth Canal in 1893, like other peninsulas that have been separated from their mainland...

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  • Ticket

    Here's a ticket to one of the objects :) Just to let you know what it looks like.Don't pay much attention to the price, my wife pays full price and I'm a student so I pay only half of it - and I don't remember whose ticket this one was ;)))

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