Only an hour away from the bustling city of Athens, Corinth is a Greek getaway destination that is easy to access, lively and diverse. Here, we have accumulated a short guide to Corinth, consisting of the best things to see and do in the city that combines history, culture, and entertainment.
Admire the astonishing Corinth Canal
Ship passing through the Corinth Canal - credits: tetiana_u/Shutterstock.com
While approaching the city of Corinth in south-central Greece, the first sight you’ll stumble upon is the Corinth Canal. The Corinth Canal consists of a narrow strip of land that connects Central Greece with the Peloponnese, while the canal brings together the Saronic Gulf with the Corinthian Gulf. The strip of land extends to approximately 6 km and it has been a significant point of reference for Greece since the ancient times. Because of its geographical position, the Corinth Canal was in antiquity a great naval, commercial and cultural center. Today, it attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world who admire its great construction. Besides the canal, visitors have the opportunity to appreciate the two submersible bridges located on both of the Canal's ends, which get immersed into the water every time a boat travels through it. From the Canal, you can gaze at the ruins of the ancient diol in the area of Posidonia, offering the opportunity for visitors to admire the great work of ancient Greece. Another reason that brings thousands of travelers to the Canal, especially the most adventurous ones, is the fact that it offers a great setting for extreme sports. You can chase your adrenaline fix by jumping off the Canal’s bridge in a bungee jumping experience or even cross the canal with a canoe or a surfboard! From ancient culture-lovers to thrill-seeking adventurers, the Corinth Canal is a sight thoroughly worth seeing!
Explore the Ancient Corinth and Acrocorinth
The ruins of Ancient Corinth - credits: Tatiana Popova/Shutterstock.com
Ancient Corinth, inhabited since the Neolithic times, was considered the richest city of the ancient world and its most important commercial hub until the rise of Athens. Its large production of agricultural goods favored the development of an intense commercial activity, mainly towards the western Mediterranean, while the city reached its economic peak in the 7th and 6th centuries BC. The ruins of Ancient Corinth give important insight into the region’s ancient civilization and architecture, with the monuments on site being many and exceptional. One of the most well-known and awe-inspiring monuments in the region is the Archaic Temple of Apollo. The original temple dating from the early 7th to the early 6th century BC was originally made of stone, bricks, wood, and clay. In the middle of the 6th century BC, a temple was erected in the place of the damaged original building in Doric order, consisting of monolithic Doric columns of which seven remain standing. Additionally, the Ancient Corinth Market, the Propylaia, the Peirini Fountain with its six openings, the Conservatory, the Corinthian Grand Theater with a capacity of 18.000, the wall of the ancient city, the relics of the Gymnasium and the Asklepieion, are the most important sights of Ancient Corinth you can marvel at.
Another monument of great significance that excavations brought to light is the Acrocorinth. The Acrocorinth is a rock 579 meters above sea level, dominating the Corinthian region with Ancient Corinth built at its base. In antiquity, it was the Acropolis of Corinth and was used as a castle. Acrocorinth is one of the largest castles in the Peloponnese, with the perimeter of its walls reaching 3 km. Although the castle as we see it today is a result of reconstructions and additions that took place during the Ottoman domination, most of its fortification took place in the 12th century during the Middle Byzantine era. Due to its close proximity to the capital of Greece, you can indulge in an Ancient Corinth private trip from Athens, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable exploration of the history of Greece. If you’re traveling with kids, you can also take an Ancient Corinth and Epidaurus tour inspired by Percy Jackson and uncover the truth behind the adventures of the gods and heroes of Greek mythology.
Visit Corinth’s fascinating museums
The Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth - credits: saiko3p/Sutterstock.com
It’s already clear that Corinth, in true Greek fashion, doesn't lack in history and culture. As a result, the city offers its visitors plenty of enthralling museums, with the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth, The Environment Museum of Stymphalia and the Historical and Folklore Museum of Corinth being our favorites. The Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth was built to house the numerous objects brought to light by the archaeological excavation. It was erected by the American School of Classical Studies in 1932 and was expanded with an addition of another wing on the west side of the building in 1951. The collections of the Archaeological Museum include findings of prehistoric times from the wider area of Ancient Corinth, Korakos Hill, as well as Zygouries, findings of Geometric-Archaic, Classical-Hellenistic, Roman-Byzantine and Frankish era, findings from the Sanctuary of Asclepius and the adjacent Early Christian cemetery of the city, a collection of Roman sculptures, Greek and Latin inscriptions in the Museum's patio, as well as evidence of the presence of the Jewish community in the Roman city, and findings from Corinthian comrades and sanctuaries, as well as the twin Kouros of the cemetery of Ancient Tenas. Furthermore, the Environment Museum of Stymphalia is located in mountain Korinthia with an objective to highlight the codependent relationship between humans and nature, as well as their harmonious coexistence in the Stymphalia basin, bringing environmental awareness and providing information about the traditional technology of the region. Last but not least, the Historical and Folklore Museum of Corinth was founded in 1976 to preserve and display folklore and historical material, as well as to inform the public on the region’s folklore culture. The Historical and Folklore Museum of Corinth is located in the heart of Corinth’s city, next to Eleftherios Venizelos Square and behind the Corinthian Army Club, housed in a three-story building, which was donated to the Greek Ministry of Culture. Its collection consists of exhibits dates from the early 19th century to the middle of the 20th century and includes traditional costumes from many regions of Greece, agricultural tools and household utensils.
Cherish the region’s natural beauty
Amazing landscape view of Doxa lake - credits: imagIN.gr photography/Shutterstock.com
Apart from its rich heritage, Corinth possesses extraordinary natural beauty, with its thick vegetation and stunning lakes being a bright example of the luscious and wild nature of the area. If you find yourself in the greater region of Corinth, don’t skip on visiting at least one of its marvelous lakes. Lake Vouliagmeni is located approximately 16 km northwest of Loutraki, in close proximity to the archaeological site of Heraion and the settlement of Perachora. It has a maximum length of 2 km and a maximum width of about 1 km, while it reaches 40 m in depth. The lake connects with the Corinthian Gulf from a 6-meters canal, in the vicinity of which have been found traces of human settlements of the Early Helladic period, suggesting that the area has been inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC. One of the most stunning lakes in the Peloponnese is Lake Doxa, an artificial lake located in Ancient Feneos of Corinthia. Its construction was completed in the late 1990s and at the center of the lake, you can find the chapel of Agios Fanourios. Lake Stymphalia is located on mountain Korinthia at an altitude of 600 m. It is best known from Greek mythology, as the place that hosted the sixth labor of Hercules, in which Hercules had to confront the Stymphalian Birds. Lastly, Rema ton Mylon (the Stream of Mylon) is a natural stream within which you can find ponds filled with pebbles, waterfalls and wooden bridges that transport the visitors in a dimension where ultimate relaxation is an end in itself; a rural place where you get to feel the majesty of nature in your bones. It is located near the Zoholis Plateau, with its dense black forest of pine trees, and offers a peaceful path for every visitor who loves walking in nature. In fewer words: it is as close to a utopia as one can get!
Enjoy the Modern City of Corinth
Pegasus, the emblem of the city of Corinth, situated in the center of the town - credits: By Lydia Vero
Just because we’ve waxed lyrical about the history of Ancient Corinth and the natural beauty of the region, it doesn’t mean that the modern city of Corinth is in any way or form inferior to its ancient counterpart. On the contrary, not to be outdone, the city of Corinth, the capital of the prefecture, combines the charm and relaxing vibe of a provincial town with the plethora of choice in things to do and see of a bustling central city. Founded as the continuation of Ancient Corinth, the city is located near the place where the Corinthian Gulf blends into the Saronic Gulf. The city is cleverly and beautifully mapped out, with wide roads, large sidewalks and beautiful parks adding to its allure. The sculpture of Pegasus, found in the square of Eleftheriou Venizelou has become the emblematic symbol of the city, while Apostolos Pavlos Metropolitan Church stands as an imposing monument of Christianity. A walk by the coast is an absolute must, where a wide selection of cafe and traditional taverns offer Greek delicacies for you to enjoy. In the summer months, you can also visit one of Corinth’s beaches, such as Kalamia Beach, where you can bask under the blazing Greek sun and dive into the refreshing waters of the Corinthian Gulf.
We know that Athens, the capital of Greece, along with the Greek islands, have stolen the thunder from Greece’s mainland. However, there is beauty to be discovered away from the chaotic vibe of the busy touristy spots. Don't neglect to enrich your stay in Greece with trips to less known parts of the country just like Cornith.
With parks, beautiful squares, a scenic port and a selection of cultural and historical stimuli to keep you on your toes, Corinth has everything you want and then some! Follow our guide, and we promise that you'll experience Greece in a way only a few visitors do.