The Prefecture of Corinthia joins Central Greece with the Peloponnese, welcoming all visitors coming from Athens. Mountainous Corinthia is a very popular destination that attracts people interested in short expeditions and new experiences. Its villages are picturesque and have avoided excessive tourist development. The prefecture of Corinthia is dominated by Mt Kyllini (Cyllene) and the Gerania Mountains as well as the coasts of the Saronicos Gulf and the Gulf of Corinth. Gorges and mountain streams with accessible beds form tempting idyllic landscapes and lead you to both cosmopolitan and tranquil regions.
The capital city of Corinth is located on a narrow strip of land, known as the Isthmus of Corinth, which connects Peloponnese with Central Greece. The isthmus, which in ancient times was traversed by hauling ships over the rocky ridge on sledges, is now cut by a canal. The Corinth Canal, carrying ship traffic between the western Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea, is about 4 km east of the city.
Corinth was inhabited since the Neolithic period and acquired great power and prosperity in the 9th through the 5th century B.C. It was conquered by the Romans in 146 BC, but flourished again under Roman rule. It was visited by St. Paul who preached there on 52 A.D. Due to its strategic location, Corinth has suffered raids from the Goths, Slavs, Franks, the Knights of Rhodes, the Venetians and the Turks. There are many interesting historical sites in the city and its periphery, as well as a variety of entertainment. Once there, you should visit St. Paul’s Metropolitan Church and the tribune from which St. Paul addressed the Corinthians. To the south is the ancient city. The most important monuments are the archaic Temple of Apollo, the Lecheos Road that linked the city with the port of Lecheon in the gulf of Corinth and the Krini of Glafki. Acrocorinthos is the largest and oldest castle in Peloponnese, built on a hill of 575 m height. The imposing walls date back to the medieval years.
In Corinthia, you should visit Stymphalia Lake and artificial Doxa Lake with its wonderful chapel; the spa town of Loutraki with its casino; the island complex of Alkionides for beautiful and remote beaches; the popular seaside town of Kiato; the town of Xylokastro renowned for Pefkia, the unique pine forest of the Corinthian Coast; Nemea with its interesting archaeological sites and lively wine festival; the verdant mountain of Kyllini with its smooth valleys and crystal-clear lakes; and last but not least Trikala of Corinthia, famous for its verdant landscapes.