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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrDuring the Ancient Times, Corinth was a powerful and prosperous city. It was known as ‘Wealthy Corinth’, and the reason for its wealth was its location. Modern Corinth was founded in 1858 after one of the earthquakes leveled the old village at the ancient site. Today, Corinth is the second-largest city in the Peloponnese with several interesting sights.
The modern Corinth, often overlooked by visitors, is the region’s prominent administrative, commercial, financial, and cultural center. The city boasts museums and interesting archaeological sites, as well as the Church of Apostle Paul located on the street of the same name.
The waterfront is one of the most attractive spots in the city. With numerous shops, restaurants, taverns, bars, and nightclubs being the liveliest part of the city.
Stroll around the El. Venizelos Square which contains the impressive statue of Pegasus and the small port of Floisvos with the marina. Be sure not to miss the Folklore Museum with 18th- and 19th-century costumes from all over Greece.
The climate in Corinth is Mediterranean. With hot summers and relatively mild winters it is perfect to visit all year long. However, if you'd like to avoid the excessive heat, don't plan your visit for July and August.
What to See
Corinth CanalThe famous Corinth Canal, built between 1881 and 1893, connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It is 6.3 kilometers long and 23 meters wide. Given the increase in the size of ships, it is now used mostly by cruising boats and for local transport. The bridge gives an excellent perspective of the canal and the nearby banks are great viewing points if you’re lucky enough to see a ship passing the canal. You can also take a cruise through the Corinth Canal - the view is impressive and the feeling is unique.
Ancient CorinthThe archaeological site of Ancient Corinth is located about 7 km southwest of the modern town. There are plenty of things to see, but the highlight that dominates Ancient Corinth is the Doric Temple of Apollo built in the 6th century BC. Included in the admission ticket to the site is a visit to the museum which is a few meters away from the main entrance. Don't miss the ancient theater opposite the site entrance, constructed in the 5th century BC.
Archaeological Museum of Ancient CorinthThe Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth is located in the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth. The exhibition consist of objects of ancient Corinthian art coming from the Geometric period, statues of the 1st and 4th century BC, vases, inscriptions, sculptures, and marvelous Roman mosaics.
AcrocorinthLocated about 4 km from Ancient Corinth, the Acrocorinth is one of the best naturally-fortified citadels in Europe. Although, it was an important place to the ancient Greeks, most of the remains are from medieval times built by Venetians, Franks, and Turks. The views from the Temple of Aphrodite, which crowns Acrocorinth, are spectacular and well worth a visit. Wear comfortable shoes to walk on the cobble path that is slippery on certain parts. The admission is free.
LoutrakiLoutraki is a popular seaside resort located 12.5 km northeast from Corinth. There are plenty of bars and taverns all along the nice walk close to the beach. The village has been renowned for its thermal waters since the Antiquity. The building of the Thermal Spa covers an area of 5,000 sq. meters, treatments are offered at affordable prices and there are many to choose from.
Where to StayThe city has limited options for accommodation, however, there are several hotels catering for all budgets if you decide to stay. Overall, lodging is a good value, and even during the high season, you can usually manage to find a clean and pleasant room for a decent price. If it's a quiet beach resort you're after, stay in the resort town of Loutraki, just a few kilometers north, known for its long beautiful beach and the famous spa. The Gulf of Corinth has several villages with ‘resort’ style hotels as well as campsites.
Food & DrinkThe city offers a good selection of local and international cuisine. Local specialties include ‘Trachanopita’ made of flour, onions, olive oil, milk, feta cheese, butter, and eggs, ‘Kleftiko’ made of veal, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and potatoes, Pumpkin pie with raisins, and Tagliatelle with flounder. Note that the restaurants near the ancient site cater to tour groups and tend to have high prices.
Getting AroundThe best way to get around is by car. There is also a regular bus service. Buses to Ancient Corinth depart from the station at the corner of Kolokotroni and Koilatsou and buses to most other destinations in the Peloponnese leave from the station at the corner of Ethnikis Konstantinou and Aratou.
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Author: Ayda. Last updated: Nov 13, 2014