Welcome to the prefecture of Corinthia, a highly diverse area to satisfy any visitor with numerous archaeological sites, staggering landscapes, wonderful beaches, mountains, rivers, lakes, gorges and caves all waiting for you to explore.
Visit the ancient city of Corinth to discover its rich ancient history, have a winter escape at the picturesque villages in Trikala Corinthias with its verdant landscapes, or visit the lovely seaside towns of Xylokastro, Perigiali, Vrahati and Assos, accommodated at luxury or traditional boutique hotels to offer high end services and facilities.
All forms of tourism find their place in Corinthia. Vacations of archaeological interest, relax holidays along its coastline at the area’s top luxury hotels and spa resorts near Loutraki, also ideal for thermalism tourism at its natural spas with high European standard conference and sports facilities, religious tourism to follow the steps of St Paul, outdoor activities, skiing, trekking, caving, horse riding etc, touring along the wine roads of Corithia, as well as one of the largest casino in the country, can assure you a holiday to remember.
Being only about 80km from Athens, Corinthia and Corinth is well connected to the capital of Greece and can be easily accessed either by car or train. Only about one hour’s drive distance, one can reach Corinth, or by taking the train or local national bus offering regular services.
Peloponnese as part of the Greek mainland connected though only a 6 kilometers piece of land, the Isthmus, being since antiquity a huge drawback for commercial activities and travel needs from the Saronic to the Corinthian gulf. In ancient times the isthmus was traversed by hauling ships over the rocky ridge on sledges and only after the Turkish occupancy in the country followed by large funding problems the Corinth Canal was finally opened. 76 meters above the sea level with only 21 meters width, passed over three bridges, the canal nowadays is too narrow to accommodate large ocean freighters and is therefore mostly used by smaller scale vessels and cruise ships, reaching in numbers about 11,000 per year. However, having a refreshment at the café right on the edge of the canal with the magnificent view of passing ships towed by tugs, worth the visit.
For those seeking a winter weekend getaway, Trikala Corinthias is the place to be, especially for outdoor enthusiasts. With breathtaking cliffs and misty mountains, alpine lakes, rocky villages and traditional architecture, give an insight on the rural face of Greece. The area consists of three little villages easily connected to host luxurious and traditional style boutique hotels all overlooking one of the most beautiful landscapes across the country.
Sightseeing And Monuments
The prefecture of Corinth boasts some of the most significant ancient sites in the country, as being inhabited since the Neolithic period. Ancient Corinth, being a commercial hub of the area is one of the most visited ancient sites in the region housing the Temple of Apollo with shops, small temples, fountains, bath and other public buildings. The ancient city is located at the foot of the huge rock of Acrocorinth, the most important fortress of the region from the antiquity till the recent years. The caste’s history is connected to the history of the Corinth as remains of pre Christian walls, Byzantine era, the Francs and the Venetian domination and the Ottoman occupation, along with traces of the temple of Venus standing on the top of the hill and remains of churches, mosques, houses, water tabs and reservoirs, are there for all to see and admire. Once there, religious tourism devotees can visit St. Paul’s Metropolitan Church and the tribune from which St. Paul addressed the Corinthians. The historic significance of the area also reflects through the sanctuary of Neptune at Isthmia which was an important religious and athletic centre, where every two years the Hellenic games, “Isthmia” were taking place, the sanctuary o Zeus in Nemea and the temple of Hera. Their findings including between others, Roman mosaics and statues, are all exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of ancient Corinth.
Things To Do
The prefecture of Corinthia offers a large number of outdoor activities throughout the year. Wonderful beaches, lakes, rivers and mountains in a background of forests and dense vegetation become the ideal destination for sports and nature lovers. The numerous beaches along the coastline of the area offer are fully equipped to offer sea sports such as water skiing, wind surfing and canoeing while the ski centre Ziria situated close to Trikala is the place to be for skiers and snowboarders. The city of Trikala also provides the opportunity for horse riding suitable for experienced or non experienced individuals. The highlands of the area are must visit for hiking, trekking, river trekking, kayak and caving.
The city of Loutraki is a very popular destination for Greeks and visitors from abroad, and offers a wealth of facilities and natural spas ideal for therapeutic tourism. Right of the shore, Loutraki is a very cosmopolitan area, housing one of the most famous casinos in the country.
Finally, the area of Nemea has a unique wine tradition, from ancient times producing today some of the finest wine varieties across the country. The official wine roads of Corinthia include around 15 different wineries and wine estates with vineyards, open for public visits to follow the production process and taste the local robust wines.
Corinthia is well known around the country for its unique production of a range of local goods with a distinctive taste and quality. Top quality lotuses as well as apples are thoroughly cultivated in the area, while grape products such as the famous Corinthian sweet and dark raisins are well worth the taste, as well as the world awarded local wine. Fish taverns along the seaside picturesque villages, have a large variety of fresh fish and seafood to satisfy the most demanding visitors’ appetite.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Corinthia Corinthia Railway Services: +30 27410 22522
Corinthia Bus Services: +30 27410 75424
Corinth Police: +30 27410 24544
Corinth Tourist Police: +30 27410 23282
Corinth Hospital: +30 27410 25711