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The Isthmus of Corinth is a narrow land bridge that connects mainland Greece with the Peloponnese Peninsula. The city with the same name, Corinth, is situated not far from the isthmus. This is the third-largest city on the peninsula. Corinth is divided into two parts, one of which is modern and the other one is ancient. The majority of industrial sites are concentrated in the new part of the city. Tourists from all over the world visit this settlement to learn more about its ancient history and see the beautiful area. Corinth was the cradle of the region.
The first settlement on the site of modern Corinth appeared approximately in 4,000 BC. This was one of the major centers of trade in the East Mediterranean. The city controlled all traffic near the isthmus and offered carrying services for ships sailing from the Ionic Sea to the Aegean Sea. At that time, Corinth was a popular settlement famous for its ceramics and textiles.
In the 50s AD, Paul the Apostle visited this region. He lived for almost one and a half years in Corinth. Paul established a Christian mission in the city that is mentioned in the New Testament. He continued traveling in 58 AD and dictated his famous Epistle to the Romans. When Corinth was released from the Turkish rule in 1833, the city became one of the candidates for the capital of Greece. Strategic location and rich historical heritage were the main advantages of Corinth. However, the city lost to Athens. Nowadays, this is a large industrial and transport center of the peninsula. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Are you planning to visit Corinth for beach recreation? Many travelers choose Kalamia for this purpose. It feels like Mother Nature divided the territory of this area into two parts, one of which is covered with sand and the other one – with pebbles. The length of the beach area is one kilometer, and its width is ten meters. This is the most famous city beach. Locals visit it when they want to sunbathe in the rays of the hot Greek sun. For guests of the city, this is one of the most popular destinations.
It is not allowed to drive vehicles close to the beach, so the air is clean and no sound of traffic ruins the serene atmosphere of this place. If you visit Corinth with small children, there is no need to worry about their safety because the sea is shallow near the coast. Moreover, the city’s authorities make sure than the beach and the coastal water are clean and safe. As there are many taverns, restaurants, and cafes in Kalamia, tourists can always try local delights and cold beverages. The beach doesn’t sleep at night as concerts and discos often take place here.
Guests of Corinth can enjoy many pleasant moments at the shore of the biggest lake in the peninsula - Lake Stymphalia. The lake covers an area of 3.5 square kilometers. The area looks truly spectacular despite dense reed. This lake is an important stop for many species of migratory birds. The area surrounding the lake is no less beautiful. There are still ruins of a basilica that once was a part of the Crusaders’ monastery. In the nearby village, there is a museum of archaeology, and there is the Saint George Monastery nearby.
Besides beach recreation, tourists shouldn’t forget about sightseeing because some landmarks in Corinth are worldwide famous. For example, the Temple of Apollo, which was built in the 6th century BC, is one of these attractions. There was an “earlier” version of the temple on this site, and the Temple of Apollo was built in the same style. Initially, scientists made assumptions that the temple was dedicated to different Greek gods but archaeologists, fortunately, found a plate with the name of Apollo.
The temple is in ruins nowadays. Tourists can see six tall columns and some other fragments of the building. However, even these remains look elegant and attractive. According to historical data, the power of such a famous and merciless Roman general as Lucius Mummius was not enough to destroy the columns. He tried to demolish them several times. In 16 AD, the ancient city of Corinth was completely destroyed by his order, and all residents of Corinth were killed. Only the six “giants” continued standing proudly.
Tourists can get to Corinth by flying to Athens first. There is a train that departs for Corinth directly from the airport. The journey time is one hour and twenty minutes. The train departs every hour. It is also possible to get to the ancient Greek city by bus from Athens. The buses depart every half an hour and bring passengers to the final destination within one and a half hours.

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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Corinth
♥   Castle 'Acrocorinth' Corinth, 7.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Tiryns Castle' Acropolis of Tiryns, 39.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Bourtzi' Nafplio, 42.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Acronauplia' Nafplion, 43.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Palamidi' Nafplion, 43.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Corinth
♥   National Park 'Ethniko Parko Schinia Marathona' , 99.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Corinth from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Acropolis of Athens

From the series “Top 15 Unesco Sites in Europe”
As in ancient times, the gorgeous building is clearly visible from any part of the city. Locals carefully preserve this historical landmark. It is forbidden to erect high-rise buildings in the city in order to maintain a clear view on the territory of Athens. Travelers who want to stroll through the ancient part of Greece will be able to see the carefully restored Parthenon, several reconstructed temples, and the ancient theater, as well as temples of the Greek gods. … Read further

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

From the series “Ancient Amphitheaters and Arenas, That Are Still Operational”
The construction of the amphitheater was completed in 165 AD. In the course of the last reconstructions, only a multicoloured marble facing and several statues were renovated. All other elements of architecture are perfectly preserved from the time of construction, which allows guests of the ancient theater to fully enjoy its pristine grandeur. The best time to visit the sights is a period from June to September, when the annual Athens Festival takes place. During this period, interesting performances and concerts in the amphitheater are held literally every week. … Read further

Waterfront of Nafplion

From the series “The Most Beautiful Waterfronts and Embankments”
Along the huge embankment you will see several rows of slim palms and ornamental plants. These decorations look amazing and adore both – tourists and locals. Visitors have a great range of various amazing entertainments. They can choose from the most interesting walk excursions or even order the boat excursions to Bourtzi Fortress. Waterfront of Nafplion is a lively, outstanding and crowded place in the town. … Read further
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