Corinth or Korinthos is a small town that serves as a gateway to the popular Greece Peloponnese Peninsula. During the rule of the Romans, the city was among the largest and wealthiest city-states in the whole of Greece, featuring two major ports – one on the Saronic Gulf and the other on the Corinthian Gulf.
The site where the Ancient city of Corinth used to stand has been excavated by archaeologists from the American School in Athens. Currently, the extensive ruins are dominated by the Temple of Apollo. Just nearby is the hill of Acrocorinth or Akrokorinthos, which was fortified in the Middle Ages.
Today, the modern town of Corinth is located 7 kilometres northeast of the old city and around an hour’s drive from Athens. Corinth is also known for the Corinth Canal, which provides cargo and passenger ships with a route through the Isthmus of Corinth.
There are tons of things to do in Corinth, from Roman ruins to adrenaline rushing bungee jump. You can spend here one or two days and still have plenty to do. We stopped in Corinth for four days during our road trip around Greece and we had an excellent time.
Here is the list. Make sure to go through it and add all or some of the items in your to-do list for Corinth.
The ancient city of Corinth is still an important archaeological site. It has revealed some significant findings of ancient times. During the classical period, the city was seized by the Romans in 146 BC. If you are a Christian, it should interest you to know that it was here that Saint Paul the Apostle preached to the people of Corinth between 51 and 52 AD, from which experience he wrote the New Testament books of 1st and 2nd Corinthians. Among the ancient sites to see include various buildings, a forum, temples, a basilica, and several baths.
If you are in Athens and don’t feel like driving to Corinth on your own you can always book one of the day tours to Ancient Corinth.
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Temple of Apollo
This imposing monument is one of the still remaining important structures of the ancient Corinth. The temple was constructed at around 540 BC where an earlier seventh century BC temple stood. Today, the only thing remaining of the temple are seven gigantic limestone columns. While that seems like a lot, originally it would have been fifteen down each side and six at the front and back. The Romans also left their mark on the temple, as in the 1st century AD; they shifted the main entrance to the temple from the east to the west and constructed collonaded walkways to both sides.
Corinth Archaeological Museum
Though small in size, Corinth Archaeological Museum provides comprehensive information of the findings from the Ancient Corinth archaeological site. The museum features three display rooms and a huge patio. Inside the museum, you will find Corinthian pottery and ceramics, Neolithic finds, mosaic floors, as well as a number of headless marble statues. All collections are labelled in both English and Greek.
Visitors can use the entrance ticket to the site to enter the museum.
Lying less than 4 kilometres south of Ancient Corinth is the Acrocorinth – a fortified hill standing 575 meters high Going up is easier now since there is a road, which will take you to the lowest gate in the west. Acrocorinth was fortified in classical times, and its walls were maintained and developed across Byzantine, Frankish, Turkish, and Venetian rule, resulting in their total length stretching about two kilometres.
The former Temple of Aphrodite is located at the highest point of the hill. However, the temple was converted into a Mosque during the rule of the Ottoman Turks in the 16th century. From the top of the hill, you can enjoy impressive views of the mountains of the Peloponnese and of the Corinthian Isthmus.
Acrocorinth location and views are spectacular, you can easily spend there half a day walking around the fortress admiring the views.
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The Modern City of Corinth
Corinth’s old town was destroyed by a devastating earthquake in 1858. But the new city was rebuilt with unique characteristics and locale, on the shore overlooking the Gulf of Corinth, about seven kilometres northeast of the old town. But another earthquake in 1928 and a great fire of 1933 forced the city into more building incarnations. Now it is a cool modern town with a pedestrianised centre featuring pavement cafes, restaurants and top brand chains, all within sight of the sea past a statue of Pegasus, the winged horse of mythology.
This canal is the most famous thing in Corinth. The idea of constructing the Corinth Canal through the Isthmus of Corinth, connecting the Corinth and Saronic Gulfs together for sea traffic between the Aegean and Ionian Seas was conceived by Periander in the 6th century BC, However, its completion came centuries later in the late 1800s after Greece gained independence from the Ottoman Empire.
The canal is located about four kilometres east of the modern city of Corinth and is the top attraction of the town. The channel itself is 6.3 kilometres long, 80 meters deep, and 23 meters wide, as well as 8 meters below water and can, accommodate vessels weighing up to 10,000 tons.
The canal can be viewed from an interesting bridge at the north-west end which includes a submersible section that is dropped below the surface to ships to pass through after paying a tariff.
Environment Museum of Stymphalia
The Environment Museum of Stymphalia is dedicated to the eco-system of Corinth, mainly Lake Stymphalia. According to a legend, it was in this lake that Hercules fought and defeated the Stymphalian birds using his arrows. The lake is a great place to chill and take in the fresh air.
The museum has two permanent exhibits. The first one is about the environmental concerns in Corinth, and the other one explores how the environment has impacted the development of the lake basin.
This popular seaside resort is located some six kilometres northeast of Corinth and overlooks the Gulf of Corinth. The resort is a great place to spend an afternoon as it has some charming narrow streets and massage and therapy centres. You will also find natural thermal springs at one of the spas called Loutraki Spa, where you can relax, soak, and sip the healing water that is believed to relieve disorders such as kidney stones, urinary tract infections, gout, and gallstones.
The old town of Loutraki was destroyed in 1928 by an earthquake, and most of the buildings, were built in the 20th century.
Zulu Bungy Jump
For the adrenaline junkies, the first thing you should do in Corinth is checking out the Zulu Bungy Jump. No idea why it is called Zulu Bungy Jump, but what I can tell you is that you will be jumping from 70 meters high between the two sides of the Corinth canal, 21 meters apart. Zulu Bungy Jump was founded in 2003 and offers a different point to view the channel, that is if you will not be too freaked out during the jump to focus on the surrounding.
The staff members here are super friendly and will prep you before you make the jump; perhaps, it is the best place to overcome your fear of the height of bungee jumping.
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