Lecheo, only 7 kilometres from Corinth, is the first village you encounter en route to Patras so it makes a good base for exploring this lovely part of Greece, so important in ancient times.
Ancient Corinth was capital of the Greek province in Roman times. In those days it was a wealthy city, an important spot for both Greeks and Romans, as whoever controlled Corinth, controlled the trade route between the north of Greece and the Peloponnese. The city was made up of three parts; the acropolis on the hill (Acrocorinth), the city itself on a lower plateau, and its port (Lechaion) on the coast. All this was protected by a wall which ran for 20km (over 12 miles). It flourished under Roman rule and was visited by St. Paul who preached there in 52 A.D. If you decide to make your way to the top of the Acrocorinth you'll be rewarded with extensive views over the Saronic and Corinthian Gulfs.
The idea of linking these two gulfs was first conceived in the 6th century B.C. but it wasn't until many centuries later that this vision became a reality and the Corinth Canal was finally opened after Greece's independence in the late 19th century. It is a true feat of engineering at 6km long, 25m wide & 8m deep. Looking down into the canal from the bridge makes you wonder how some ships actually make it through the canal!
Nemea isn't far from here and lies close to the border with the Argolis region. This is wine country, many delicious wines are produced here and many wine estates and vineyards are open to the public for tastings.
Loutraki is a coastal city and is one of Greece's most important spa resorts. Its hot springs are said to cure all manner of ailments, those of you who visit Greece regularly may also remember that it gives its name to a popular brand of bottled water.
The archaeological site of Iraio enjoys glorious sea views. The remains of Hera Temple are fully visible here, as well as many other ancient buildings and facilities. The picturesque little cove is ideal for swimming in the clear waters of the Corinthian Gulf.
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