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Stop-over in Corinth??

We're read wonderful things about Corinth and are debating stopping for a night or two en route from Athens to the Peloponnese. Are there hotels you would recommend? In a perfect world, we would love a hotel that offers breakfast and dinner and has a pool/beach. We enjoy touring the ruins but a pool/beach is lovely afterwards... Thank you!!

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Hi there,

Corinth is not considered as a tourist city, this is why there are not many choices and for sure the available ones cannot provide fancy accommodation. The best hotels are Ephira and Apollon. If pool is a priority for you, you should look for a place at Loutraki.

As Corinth is my hometown, I d be happy to answer to your questions.

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2862 posts

The above responder gives great advice! It sounds as if you aren't especially interested in Modern Corinth (which is a bustling city of concrete bldgs) or Ancient Corinth (which is entirely different & farther away from the main highway to Peloponnese) -- but you just want a convenient place to "chill" and reinvigorate... and Loutraki is perfect. This map- https://tinyurl.com/zekuft9 - shows it perfectly (click & it gets huuuge & u navigate using side-slides .... it shows your entire route, from the Athens area & the whole Pelop. peninsula... you'll see that you exit the big Intercity Highway (shown as a Big GReen Road), when you see LOUTRAKII Exit, just before Corinth, & go about 10 Km north, and there's a lovely row of hotels on a beach. You can google Loutraki Hotels before leaving home and find one with breakfast & a pool. Enjoy the start of your Greece adventure there!

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198 posts

Thank you to you both! We'll be arriving in Greece after a long flight and I thought that Corinth would be a good place to pause for a day or two, to get over jet lag (hence the pool each to relax), with Ancient Corinth/Temple of Apollo, Acrocoirinth, the Archeological Site of Isthmia, Iraio & Vouliagmeni Lake as added inducements. Loutraki sounds like a nice place to lay our weary heads! . Again - thank you!!

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125 posts

Instead consider Nafplio. Beach resort city with some great shops and restaurants. The fashion stores have some beautiful clothes, jewelry, and other interesting picks. You mention Nafplio or Nafplion, they respond with, ooohhh.

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198 posts

We were in Napflio last fall and enjoyed it but want to try something new - and closer to Athens, so we won't need to drive very much our first day. One of the challenges of returning to a place we love - places we've been vs new., This year, our plan is a combination - back to the Peloponnese staying in towns we've not visited - Farmaka or Gytheio and Glyfa,) and then north to Ioannina,
Kastoria, Veroia and Thessaloniki - all of which are new to us. So looking forward to going.

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11236 posts

How about staying in Athens?

Athens Capital Center--M Gallery hotel. They have a nice rooftop pool. And there is poolside service.

Great views.

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198 posts

I think we might want to pick up the rental car and head out - to begin our vacation (but not travel as far as the Peloponnese coast). But - we'll see.... Athens is a wonderful city but one we have visited several times - and we're ready to see a new world.

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2862 posts

Crooney check ahead about that canal cruise... I think I read something about problems with either the boat, or the canal... and it hassn't been offered recently.

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198 posts

A few days in Corinth have been added to our agenda - as we have a month, we can be flexible in adding and subtracting - and it seems that there are enough things to do as we get over our jet lag. As suggested, I pored over lodging in Loutraki and nearby towns and came across the Kalamaki Beach Hotel, Isthmia - Kehries, Isthmia, Loutraki 2 and/or Enalio Suites, Ireou, Lechaio - and wondered if you are familiar with them and if they would be recommended.

Tentatively, I would plan -

Day 1. Arrive and lounge about (check cruise on Corinth Canal - I've not been able to verify if they will be running in September but will check as we get closer)
Day 2. Ancient Corinth, Acrocorinth and Archeological Site of Isthmia
Day 3.Archeological site of Iraio & Vouliagmeni Lake

What do you think? Many thanks!!

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987 posts

I think you are going to enjoy Corinth more than might be expected. Do try to avoid driving in the central area f the city, the traffic was horrible. There are a number of ancient sites and of course the canal to keep you interested. There is a hike along the west side of the canal where you can find views down the canal, what looks like a machine gun nest. and abandoned rail line and bridge and a spot where you can see the scratches n the rock where they used to haul boats overland. One f the best sites was the fortress at Acrocorinth. This fortress has 360 degree views, it was a highlight for us.
Here are some images of Corinth.
Corinth Area. https://www.flickr.com/photos/stanbr54/albums/72157711755443483

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198 posts

Simply magnificent - your photos are brilliant. So looking forward to going...

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987 posts

Thank you for your kind words. Be sure to come back to the Forum when you return and tell us about your experience.

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198 posts

I shall - now -- to plan the rest of the trip!! Lovely to do on a rainy, cold day!!