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Corinth is the capital of the prefecture and the main administrative, commercial, financial and cultural center of the region. The city center has wide streets, parks , squares and a picturesque port with fishing boats. Beautiful pedestrian walkways attract visitors for a walk, a coffee and shopping, with monuments , museums and historical sites that surround the city.
Corinth is very famous for its channel, navigable for 6 kilometers which connect the Aegean Sea and the Ionian Sea. Every year over 10,000 boats and cruise ships sail along the canal so as not to sail for 400 km around Greece to move from one ocean to another.
The current canal was built between 1881 and 1893 and is one of the most significant constructions made by man. However, it was designed many centuries earlier , when the Roman emperor Nero began digging the earth during the first century AD Unfortunately, the canal is 23 meters wide is now too narrow for most modern cruise ships.
Why choose to visit Corinth
Visiting Corinth means combining the ancient with the modern by choosing an escape destination from Greece known to everyone. A city that combines history, culture and fun. The city of Corinth combines the charm and the relaxing atmosphere of a provincial city with the plethora of choices in things to do and see in a lively, more renowned city. The city is expertly and magnificently mapped, with wide streets, wide sidewalks and beautiful parks that add to its charm.
The sculpture of Pegasus , located in the Eleftheriou Venizelou square, has become the emblematic symbol of the city, while the Metropolitan Church Apostolos Pavlos stands as an imposing Christianity monument. A walk along the coast is an absolute must , where a wide selection of traditional bars and taverns offer Greek delicacies for your enjoyment.
In the summer months, you can also visit one of the beaches of Corinth , such as the Kalamia beach , where you can bask in the sun < strong> shining of Greece and dive into the refreshing waters of the Gulf of Corinth.
With parks, beautiful squares, a panoramic harbor and a selection of cultural and historical stimuli to keep you on tiptoe, Corinth has everything you want. In addition to its rich heritage, Corinth has an extraordinary natural beauty , with its dense vegetation and beautiful lakes which are a shining example of the lush and wild nature of the area.
If you are in the largest region of Corinth, don't skip visiting at least one of its wonderful lakes. One of the most beautiful lakes in the Peloponnese is the Doxa lake , an artificial lake located in the ancient Feneos of Corinthia . Its construction was completed in the late 90s and in the center of the lake is the chapel of Agios Fanourios . Lake Stymfalia is located on Mount Korinthia at an altitude of 600 m.
It is better known in Greek mythology , as the place that hosted the sixth effort of Hercules , where Hercules had to face the Stymhal Birds . Finally, Rema ton Mylon (the Stream of Mylon) is a natural stream within which you can find ponds full of pebbles, waterfalls and wooden bridges that transport visitors to a dimension where the maximum relaxation is an end in itself; a rural place where you can feel the majesty of nature in your bones.
It is located near the Zoholis Plateau , with its thick black pine forest, and offers a peaceful path for any visitor who loves to walk in nature.
The beaches in the prefecture of Corinth all have crystal clear waters, extraordinary natural beauties and different landscapes. Almost all beaches are easy to reach but most aren’t equipped with any service and comfort a tourist may need. Beaches like Loutraki, Xylocasto, Kiato and Agioi Theodoroi are perfect for spending a day at the beach, especially for families. The Saronic and Corinthian gulfs are supposed to be some of the most difficult bays to reach in the whole of Greece, but once you get there you will be rewarded by some truly breathtaking beaches.
Some are more hidden and quiet while (like Skinos) other ones (like Loutraki) are often a bit crowded but offer any service or comfort a tourist may want. Here are some of the best beaches in Corinth.
Kiato is a nice and well equipped beach located in the northern part of the prefecture of Corinth and in the southern part of the Corinth bay. The beach is covered in small pebbles and the seabed becomes deep almost immediately. On the beach you will find a tavern and a place where to rent beach umbrellas and sunbeds. It is partivularly good for young people as usually nearby there are often many parties.
Located in the south-eastern part of Corinth near the prefecture of Argolida, Korfos is a picturesque village mostly inhabited by fishermen, the perfect place for someone looking for a relaxing vacation. The beach is of course very close to this village and it is covered by a mix of sand and pebbles surrounded by pine trees. The many natural beauties around the beach make it the perfect place for exploring the coast on foot or by taking part in a boat tour.
Lechaio is a small village by the sea with an ancient history as it was one Corinth’s two ports. Nowadays it is a typical fishermen’s village. Nearby you will find Lechaio beach, covered in pebbles mixed with sand and rocky formations. Next to the beach there is also a very old church. Nearby the beach you will also find the ruins of old buildings that used to be part of the old port. There are also some ruins of temples nearby.
Loutra Oraias Elenis is village by the coast located in the Saronic gulf. The beach is magnificent with its small pebbles, crystal clear waters and coloured rocks. Next to it you will find the thermal springs of Oraia Eleni (beautiful Hellen in Greek), that get their name from Hellen of Troy, that according to a legend, was said to have bathed here. Next to the beach there rae also some taverns and bars that serve fresh delicious food on a daily basis.
Loutraki is a 3 km beach covered in small pebbles and surrounded by crystal clear waters. This beach offers a wonderful view on the bay of Corinth and offers plenty of services and comforts to the tourists that visit it, in fact on the beach you will find bars, taverns, restaurants and places where to rent a sunbed and a beach umbrella for the day. Loutraki is famous for its thermal springs and the many tourists that visit it each year.
Pefkakia beach is a beach covered in sand and located next to Agii Theodori, 65 km from Athens. The beach is surrounded by turquoise waters, pine trees (pefka=pine tree in Greek) and tamarisk trees that give this beach a unique look and atmosphere. There are also many services on the beach such as places that rent beach umbrellas, sunbeds and even bars and taverns.
Located in a creek in the bay of Corinth, close to where the Attica region finishes and where Corinth starts. Schinos is the perfect place for picky tourists that only want to enjoy the best experiences: crystal clear waters, a marvelous landscape, dolphins, sea turtles and the most amazing view of the bay are just some of the things you will find here. It is perfect also for people that love fishing and taking part in boat tours. On the beach you will also find a tavern and a bar that serve fresh fruit and drinks every day during high season.
Stomio is located in the north-western part of Corinth, very close to the border with Achaia. This beach is covered in sand and pebbles and besides this it is very peaceful and quiet. There aren’t any services or comforts on this beach so you will have to bring water, food, beach umbrellas and sunbeds from home. Stomio is famous for its sunsets that are supposed to be some of the nicest in the whole of Greece. A wonderful location for a wonderful day at the beach!
Vrachati is a beach covered in pebbles and surrounded by crystal clear waters, located 12 km from Corinth. The seabed is rather deep and the beach is divided in two parts from a small port. This is the ideal place for people that enjoy water sports such as kite surfing, surfing, snorkeling and diving.
Corinth is also famous for its old city, one of the most impressing archeological sites in the whole of Greece and Europe. The old city used to be one of the most important urban centers of ancient Greece and still nowadays you can admire some of the most iconic and important monuments of the time like the temple of Apollo, built in 550 a.c..
If you have enough time we suggest you also visit the Acorinth, the acropolis of the old city. It then became a fortress during the various occupations of the island (Byzantine empire, Franks, Venetians and Ottomans). The tour of the Acrocorinto lasts about 2 hours.
Then there is a swimming area, especially next to Venizelos square where you will also find the statue of Pegasus and the small port of Floisvos. Nearby you will find Kalamia, a beach covered in pebbles where you will also find many bars and taverns that serve food and drinks on a daily basis. The walking area of Pilarinos Zografos Street is a popular place amongst local people that come here to drink a coffee in one of the many bars.
When in Corinth we recommend you visit the church of Apostolos Pavlos (st. paul) that was built after the tragic earthquake of 1928. During this earthquake St. Paul survived and spent many years in Corinth rebuilding the church and even teaching here for a while. When in Corinth we recommend you also visit the archeological site of Old Korinthos located 9 km north-west from the main city.
Here you will be able to admire the ruins of the fountain of Pirini, Apollo’s courtyard, the ruins of an old church, the temple dedicated to the goddess Tyche, Apollo Klarios, the shops in the agora, the temple dedicated to Apollo, the ruins of the theatre, the fountain of Lerna and the old city Acrocorinto,built around 800 B.C..
There is also an archeological museum (built in 1931-32) where you will find a vast collection of objects that go from the Roman times to the Byzantine empire. Last but not least 31 km south-west from Corinth you will find the old Nemea, once the center of the “games of Nemea“ a competition held each year to give tribute to the God Zeus. There are still 3 columns from the temple remaining as they date back to the IV century B.C.. Nearby there is also the stadium where each year the games are displayed for the tourists and local people that gather here from all over the region. We recommend we visit the museum of Nemea before seeing all the other attractions.
When choosing how to move around Corinth it is important to remember that there are two parts of Corinth: New Corinth and Old Corinth. If you are looking for an accommodation you will almost certainly find one in the new part while when visiting historical monuments and attractions you will usually have to go to Old Corinth (5 km one from another).
If you want to move around the island a bit more quickly you can also take a bus from one of the bus stations you will find around. The station is located near the “aqua park water fun” and it is called “KTEL isthmou”. Unfortunately it is a little bit difficult to find so you may want to ask directions to some local people.
If you have found an accommodation in Old Corinth you can take a bus to New Corinth before taking a second bus or ferry to reach Athens. If you want to go to Old Corinth you will have to first go through new Corinth where you will take a bus that will take you to Old Corinth.
The busses leave once an hour and most of them will have written “APXAIA” on top of them as that is the name of the old city of Corinth. The tickets usually cost around 1,80 €. This is an excellent way to enjoy the landscape around Corinth and to eventually visit a few monuments and attractions that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to see.
The modern city of Corinth is one of Greece’s main cities and it is also well connected to most other Greek cities thanks to the many busses and ferries that travel from one city to another on a daily basis. You can even decide to visit it only one day as it is so close to Athens.
Reaching Corinth by car
Since Corinth is slightly far away from Athens the best option to reach it is to rent a car and visit other cities like Olimpia, Epidauro and Mycene before finally reaching Corinth. We recommend you check and compare in advance which car rentals have the best offers. Reaching Corinth by car is very easy, all you will have to do is take the A75 motorway. After a while you will notice a turn for Corinth, once there you will find a canal and then from there you will reach Corinth. Take the exit for Loutraki if you want to have a nice view of the canal.
Reaching Corinth by bus
The bus that connects Athens to Corinth leaves from Terminal A (100 Kifissou street) on a daily basis from 05:30 and 22:30 every 30 minutes and the journey lasts 90 minutes. Unfortunately there are a lot less busses during the weekend and sometimes they are even cancelled.
Reaching Corinth by train
If you want to travel directly from to Corinth from Athens you can also take a train from Athen’s airport that will take you directly to New Corinth. The Proastiako, Athens’ underground train line connects Kiato to Corinth’s train station and to Athens’ airport (the ticket costs around 12 €, lasts about 1:30 hours and there are about 8 trains a day. There is also a small bus that will take you from Plateia Kintriki to Corinth’s station and vice versa (1,50 €, 20 minutes journey). Then there is also a small local train that connects Pyrgos to Olimpia and Diakofto to Kalavryta.
Corinth has many options to choose from when it comes down to looking for a place where to spend the night. Apart from the main city there are also many small villages that have hotels, apartments and studios for you to choose from in this wonderful area of the Peloponnese. Choosing to spend the night in Corinth is also a strategic choice as it is the place where most motorways meet and for this reason reaching most cities in continental Greece from here is very easy.
Studios and hotels in Corinth
In the villages around Corinth like Archeo, Limani, Loutraki and Lecheo you will find many traditional greek studios, these are small apartments rented directly by local people that are often a lot cheaper than getting a hotel room. Another advantage of renting a studios for your vacation is that you will also have your own kitchen and the chance to cook your own delicious Greek food!
Hotels in Corinth: this is the most expensive but also the most looked after option to choose from. There are quite a few hotels spread throughout the city and on the coast. Prices range from hotel to hotel according to the number of stars and services offered. Some of the nicest hotels are located by the coast from where you can admire and enjoy the beautiful view of the sea.