Corinth Ancient and Modern

Did you know that there is an acropolis in Corinth which was occupied in ancient times as well as more modern ones? Not many tourists can say that they have visited Acrocorinth (Upper Corinth) although the views from it are spectacular. As you travel along the main highway if you look up, you can see this huge walled fortress which has been occupied by the Romans, Franks, Italians, the Knights of Rhodes, the Turks and the Venetians. With so many occupiers who all added buildings and walls, it is not surprising that it has a mixture of architectural styles.

Just below Acrocorinth.Photo courtesy Melissa Julian-Jones and Kostas Kasolas.

Just below Acrocorinth.Photo courtesy Melissa Julian-Jones and Kostas Kasolas.

It is usually windy when I go there, so wear something warm if you venture up there. Luckily, if you don’t get blown off your feet) you can get warm in the taverna run by friendly people, which is just outside the main gate. There’s a fireplace to help keep out the wintry chills.

Below you can walk around  ancient Corinth and follow in the footsteps of Saint Paul. It doesn’t take very long to walk around this ancient city, but the museum is definitely worth visiting.

Ancient Corinth. Photo courtesy Melissa Julian-Jones.

Ancient Corinth. Photo courtesy Melissa Julian-Jones.

Modern Corinth is just a few kilometres away from ancient Corinth, and you can eat and drink to your hearts content there, although I would recommend you travelled a little further to my favourite fish taverna. It’s just off the road to Epidauros, more or less on Kalamaki Beach. This is signposted on the main road. The taverna is called “Rouchanas” which means drunkard. If you can’t find it, I have learned that everyone knows where it is, and the locals will give you directions.

The taverna has meat too, but its the fish and seafood that attracts customers. It is a traditional taverna with seating outside and in. In winter it’s good to sit around the fire and talk with the owner.

The speciality is the fresh sea bass, or possibly bream, I have never really understood the difference, and it is variously translated on different menus. In Greek it is called tsipoura, not to be confused with tsiporou the raki-like drink which I have, after so many years, finally acquired a taste for. I must say, however, that the best tsiporou I have drunk is that served by George at the Faris Hotel. This has a taverna  which serves non-residents both inside an out. I really love this hotel!

The ancient theatre at Epidauros. Creidt Truelight

The ancient theatre at Epidauros. Credit Truelight

If you can you should really go to see the ancient theatre at Epidauros, where plays are still performed in July under the auspices of the Athens and Epidauros festival. The town of Epidauros is picturesque and a good place to stay, if only for a night.

Corinth is at the start of the Peloponnese which has become my favourite area of Greece. The man-made Corinth canal marks the boundary between Attica on the mainland and the Peloponnese.  You can see the Corinth canal from the main highway. Stop and take a look from the bridge, or as close to it as you can get. Careful though, if you suffer from vertigo!

About lynnee8

I have travelled extensively both for business (I am a teacher and teacher-trainer of English as a Foreign Language) and pleasure. I have just come back from Pakistan where I lived for 4 years. I love Greece and have lived there for more than 10 years although not all at one time.
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