Trick or Treat, Ancient Corinth 13 Comments


Bye Bye Athens

Bye Bye Athens

After a late afternoon departure from Athens (because I dawdled around the streets not wanting to leave), we arrive at Isthmia just in time for sunset. A small beach location a few miles from the Peloponnese. A quick bite to eat before head down and sleep. Sorry no photo guys, we forgot.

Wild Camping GPS position Piraeus N037.915025, E023.008655

The next day, we wake bright and early and set off to Ancient Corinth and our first stop on the Peloponnese, we were excited.  As we drive along the coast we cross over a bridge and notice a huge gorge looking thing to our right. We pull over at the next lay-by and walk back. It was the Corinth Canal and mighty impressive. If we are honest, we had read about the canal but it didn’t sound that great, so we thought we’d give it a miss. How wrong we were.

Corinth Canal

Corinth Canal

The Peloponnese is ‘nearly’ an island but for a small stretch of rock that attaches it to the main land. This small piece of land now has a canal running threw it, so I guess the Peloponnese are no long connection by land? Or should I say land above sea level. Before they built the canal the ships would stop at one side, hurl their good on shore, drag then across a paved slipway and then back on to another ship at the other side. All this to avoid the Matapan Cape. In 1882, they commenced the canal, which is still used by small ships.

We jumped back in Vin and tootled down shore to Ancient Corinth. In the middle, of the small village we pulled in to a family run campsite (named Camperstop) and placed down our choc’s for a few days. The campsite is run by an old chap in his 80’s and what an absolute cracking guy. He is adorable and if you visit in winter you will also find Bernard, a great, friendly chap from Germany. The site has everything you need including a welcoming coffee, aniseed bread and homemade honey. Located in the grounds of their home, it truly feels like home from home.

Friendly Greek Camperstop Owner

Friendly Greek Camperstop Owner

Every time we saw him we received a big beaming smile and huge hug. We never could remember his name so we called him Phil, short for Philhellene the lover of Greeks, who rebuilt the fountain house that is just down the road. We thought it quite apt and I am sure it would make him smile. Each day, Phil would have a Greek chat and bring us little gifts like washed grapes from his garden. The family touches that make the place feel so special.

Despite his age, he still works the land and keeps busy. One day, as we sat in the reception area we watched him prepare a homemade olive cutting tool. Apparently his olives are falling too soon, so he needs to find a solution for cutting before they fall and ruin. Phil connected his electric hedge trimmers to an inverter which connected to a car battery…hardly lightweight and portable but who cares, its Greece, off he went with his homemade olive tool.

Lechaion Way - marble-paved road linking the city to the port

Lechaion Way – marble-paved road linking the city to the port

Ancient Corinth, is a small village regarded as a sacred site, rich in history and is connected with various milestones of the ancient past.  Rewind to around 7th century BC and this is the place that ruled much of the mediterranean trade. Controlling all goods that either went around the Peloponnese or up and over the Isthmus. From here they set up various colonies including Syracuse in Sicily, which we travelled through in June 2014.

largest Roman township in Greece.

largest Roman township in Greece.

Archaeological finds in the region link back to Roman period when Ancient Corinth established itself as the largest Roman township in Greece. Here, you’ll also find Roman Forum, Temple of Apollo, Temple of Octavia and other edifices dating back to the time of the Julius Caesar. Entrance fee to the site €8 pp.

Temple of Apollo

Temple of Apollo

The unique culture of Corinth has been constructed over a period of 10,000 years, during which it has traded with ports as far away as Africa, the Middle East and India. This glorious past still makes its impact felt in this fascinating village.

Painted detail

The Archaeological museum has plenty for those who enjoy pottery collections, but also has plenty other finds from the area covering statues, mosaics and sculpture. Red and black figured pottery decorated with animal motifs are unique to Corinth and became the main export trade. The village has a small selection of bars and souvenir shops, which make for a pleasant stroll especially early evening.

From Ancient Corinth, you can walk or ride up the windy road to the Acrocorinth. This is a massive natural acropolis and you can see how and why Ancient Corinth became so powerful. The ancient Greeks built the first fort and overtime every era has added to it, so now it is one rather large fortress 3 layers think with gates, towers and ruins galore. On top of the limestone mountain you find superb views of the plains and coastline below. The best time to visit is at sunset when mountains and hills of the Peloponnese look mighty and challenging but extremely inviting.

Bye Bye Mr Sunshine

Bye Bye Mr Sunshine

 

In between, visiting the sites and the surrounding areas we had a mega wash and clean. in fact, we had 2 cleans, one of which was not by choice. The motorhome next to us is parked up for a long stay, as the guy slowly restores it. Well, one day he retuned with a mechanic and decided to fire the thing up and you’ve never seen anything like it. Plumes of black smoke bellowed out the exhaust and the whole area was just covered in diesel particles. They rev’d the spuds off the engine and each time more plumes of black smoke engulfed Vin. An hour later, Vin looked like a sooty van, he was black. And that’s not all, inside was covered too. We were none too happy and whilst the owner apologised, it didn’t make the cleaning any easier.  Needless to say, we moved to another spot.

If you love following travel blogs then you might want to take a look at a few of sites we’ve started following the last few weeks. All very different but all very informative and loads of travel stories, which we just love. Wandering Stars with Paul & Lynda. Travelbunyip, Jenny & Ewout’s have just returned home to Sydney but I am sure it won’t be long before they set off, again. Motorhome Travels in Europe with Dave & Wendy.

Our Bumble Verdict: Exploring the site and the limestone mountains is well worth it but add on the little campsite and it is a must for anyone wanting a taste of Greek local hospitality.

Our sleepy spot: A small family run campsite just a couple of minutes walk from the centre of Ancient Corinth. Cost of €10 per day for everything.

Paid Camping GPS position Piraeus N037.908339, E022.881436

Peloponnese...home for the next month or so...hint hint

Peloponnese…home for the next month or so…hint hint


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13 thoughts on “Trick or Treat, Ancient Corinth

  • Robert Ellis

    Well it seems you’ve fell head over heels in love with Greece ,but I’m surprised you kept forgetting Bernard’s Name & cristened him Philamina ,you’ve got two small dogs ,why didn’t you think of a Large One like a ST BERNARD ,If you help him pick the Olives & keep his Campsite Cleen ,maybe he’ll offer you free digs ,That Canal didn’t look so wide Craig ,what size of boat would it take ? I might get a Canal Barge & pop over ,Just on the News the earthquake in Italy is very bad ,Sunderland have struck a good deal with Nissan & its praising Brexit ,so it’s looking good for us ,Keep on enjoying & send me some GREEK yogurts to Benidorm Loads of Luv to you Craig ,& Mac nTosh ,Untill next time Addios xxxx

  • lexklein

    I have very fond memories of spending a day in Corinth with our family while on a massive Peloponnesian road trip. My mom’s family village is almost smack in the middle of it, so we drove all over the place. Your photos are great, and I love hearing all the stories of life on the road. That is one of my dreams, but I’m afraid my husband does not share it!

    • Bumble Crew

      What beautiful memories and we are now heading all around the Peloponnese and who knows we may pass your mom’s village. Thank you for getting in touch and we hope we can capture some great photos to bring back more happy memories x

      • Jackie Owen

        You are welcome to “pick our brains” we’ve been around the Peloponnese for more than 30 years…..other half is Greek! I love Naplion, romantic weekends!! Finicouda to loose your self and leave rat race….Just turn in any direction and there is something to enjoy, although as you know the main season is over….xxx

  • naturlvrx2

    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. Love the story of your travels as well. My husband and our 3 dogs travel around the US as much as we can afford. It is a lovely gypsy life. Thanks for sharing.