Tourism - Sights

Leaving Athens for the Peloponnese, and crossing Kakia Skala, the visitor enters Corinthia, arriving first in the newly established Municipality of Agii Theodori, which is an important area for industry and tourism. The visitor soon reaches the Isthmus, the "Gateway to Moria'.

IsthmusSince antiquity, many had turned their attention to the task of cutting through the Isthmus of Corinth. According to historical accounts, the first to do so was the Corinthian tyrant Periander, in 602 BC The official inauguration of the canal took place on 25 July 1893. The Corinth Canal is an international junction for sea transport, and serves ships of every nationality. The total length of the canal is 6343 meters.It is 24.60 meters wide and 8.00 meters deep.

Every year, about 11,000 vessels pass through the canal. The majority of these are tourist ships, which have been following this route for many years, so that they can include the Corinth Canal as one of the sights on their itinerary.

Travelling 7 Km along the road to Loutraki cast of the Isthmus, the visitor arrives at beautiful

Loutropoli, which has developed in to a modern center for summer holiday-makers. The casino, which is once again in operation after many decades, is expected to have a very favorable effect on the town's economy.

Continuing to Ireo, enjoying the beautiful drive, the visitor reaches Perachora. To the right (4km), he comes to the pleasantly cool and shady village of Pisia, which is 'drowned' in plane trees, pines, olive trees and running water. Here he can visit the Nikolopoulos folklore museum.

LoutrakiTo the left of Perachora there is a road which leads (6km) to Lake Vouliagmeni. It is a calm lake suitable for boat trips, water skiing, fishing and swimming. There are modern tourist facilities. A few kilometers away, the visitor comes to Ireo, with the foundations of the temple and oracle of the goddess Hera (9th century), and the lighthouse (1897), from which there is a wonderful view.

Visitors who take the road southeastwards after the Isthmus reach the antiquities of Isthmia (Kyra Vrysi) and the museum. Continuing to Epidaurus, they come across the idyllic village of "Loutra tis Oreas Elenis" and "Almyri", and on the right lies Galataki, then Korfos, Sofiko and Angelokastro.

Taking the road again, westwards from the Isthmus, the visitor reaches

Nea Korinthos and, 7 km further, Ancient Corinth, the birthplace of all higher forms of civilisation. South-east of Ancient Corinth, the road leads to Solomos, and to the right one can see Athikia. Passing through Chiliomodi (Monument of Nikitaras, Faneromeni Monastery), one reaches Ag. Vasilios and shortly afterwards Dervenakia (Greek Railway Station).Ancient Corinth

To the left, the ruins of the Th. Kolokotronis monument. From the station, the road leads to the right, to Nemea (ancient and new town), which is a manufacturing area, renowned for its fine wines and the revival (in 1994) of the ancient Nemean Games.

To the west of Corinth stretch the enchanting coasts of the Gulf of Corinth. The endless beaches are thronged with tourists who rush to them to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

The coastal areas of Lecheo Periyiali, Assos and Vrachati have been developed for tourism. Country restaurants and entertainement centers are scattered along the entire coastal area. Traveling onwards, one arrives at

Kokoni BeachKokkoni beach, which has been awarded the “Blue Flag of Europe” three times, and which, together with Nerantza, has a large number of hotel units with substantial tourist infrastructure.

Kiato, with its managed beach and three hotel units, attracts many visitors. In addition to large commercial ships, its harbor takes many luxury boats. The two marinas are used for amateur fishing and speedboating. The Sikyonia Festival, with every kind of cultural event, provides entertainment in early August.

Particularly important arc the performances of ancient drama, given in the theatre of Ancient Sikyona by the “Sikyonia skini” theatre group of the municipal cultural center, which has won prizes in many European countries.

Kato Diminio, with its tradition of tourism, Melissi, and Sykia, to which part of the pine forest belongs, join their beach with that of Xylokastro.Apostole Paul Church

This town, with its beautiful pine forest, is celebrated in many poems. The blue unites with the green to create a unique picture. Its tourist infrastructure is very extensive because there has been a tradition of tourism in Xylokastro for many years.

The church of Ag.Vlassis is renowned for its murals. From Xylokastro you can travel to Trikala, which is a famous resort, and from there it is easy to reach the ski center which is being created at Ziria. Continuing along the coast, you will come to Kamari, Lykoporia etc., villages

stretching as far as the market town of Derveni, which are washed by the beautiful waters of the Gulf.

IreoMesoyia is a densely inhabited area. On the abundantly fertile plain of Vocha, large villages have been built, rich and beautiful amidst the orchards and vineyards; Zevgolatio, Vochaiko, Krines and Poulitsa are some of the richest and most beautiful villages.

The mountain region of Corinthia has its own charm. Feneos and Stymfalia are areas with many villages, rich in history (Cave of Hermes). Nature has favoured this region with productive and very beautiful mountains. Tourism is developing, centered on the resort of Kastania. The villages of the semi-mountainous area, such as Stimanga, Souli, Zemeno, Riza and Mana, astound the visitor with the hospitality of their people and the beauty of the countryside.

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