Completed in 1893 and about 80 km from Athens, the Corinth Canal where the tour begins was named after the Greek city of Corinth (the nearest city to the isthmus) and connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea.
It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, arguably making the peninsula an island. The canal was dug through the Isthmus at sea level and has no locks, it is 6.4 kilometers in length and only 21.4 meters wide at its base, which makes it impassable for most modern ships. Around 11,000 (mainly tourist) ships per year travel through the waterway, while its bridge connecting the peninsula with the mainland makes it ideal for bungee jumping.
70 kilometers away from the Corinth Canal, built at the foothills of the mountains Arachnaio, Korifaio and Tithio lies the ancient city of Epidaurus. According to mythology, Asclepius the healer, whose worship began in the 6th century BC, was born there. Its strategic position, but mainly its renowned sanatorium of Asclepius, contributed to the unprecedented growth of that historic place. Arriving at Epidaurus, one should not miss a visit at all the important archaeological sites like Propylaea, on the north side of the site with two series of columns of Corinthian and Ionic order, the Temple of Artemis with the statue of the goddess also known as Hecate, worshipped in the sanctuary since the 5th century, a circular peristyle building with three concentric, spiral corridors that survived the test of time in excellent condition called Tholos, the Temple of Asclepius of Doric order where healing rituals took place, Abaton, where the patients went through hypnosis on holy ground waiting for Asclepius to appear in their dream as a vision and cure them, the sanctuary of Apollo founded around 800 BC dedicated to the healer god Apollo Maleatas and, of course, the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, designed by Polykleitos the Younger in the 4th century BC, famous for its superb acoustics, its capacity of 14,000 spectators and the lush landscape behind the scene which is an integral part of the theatre itself, just like the voice of the owl before every performance, signaling the beginning of the show. To visit the above, the regular ticket costs 12€ and the reduced admission ticket costs 6€.
Finally, in a distance of 138 kilometers from Athens, we reach Nafplion: an all-year-round tourist attraction and one of the most famous and beautiful coastal cities in the country.
A walk in the city’s picturesque streets and alleys reveals well-preserved neoclassical and Venetian buildings, Turkish fountains and colorful corners with bougainvilleas and stone stairways, blooming courtyards and balconies, historical monuments and traditional guesthouses, stylish little shops, romantic bars and quiet taverns with quality food and drink-all of which compose the scenery of a city that once was the first capital of Greece. In Nafplion, among the most popular attractions is Bourtzi, a Venetian fort built on the islet of Agioi Theodoroi in 1473 by the Italian engineer Gabello and the fortress of Palamidi, built between 1711 and 1714 where visitors will have to climb 857 stone stairs to get to the top and embrace the rewarding beauty of the landscape and the surrounding sea. Boats from the harbor carry visitors in less than ten minutes to the island-fortress at a 4,5 euro refund, while the entrance fee for Palamidi is 8e standard and 4e reduced (the entrance is free for children under 18, students and disabled individuals).At the end of the Nafplion tour, visitors will also have time to enjoy coffee and food in one of the scenic cafes and restaurants of Syntagma Square or elsewhere near it.
– Fridge with beverages, water bottles and snacks.
– Telephone device to communicate with the driver.
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