Just the views make the strenuous climb from the parking area worth while. This castle is one of the oldest and largest in Europe. It is a must see for those interested in ancient history.
Ancient Corinth was in a strategic position which allowed it to experience significant wealth. It was situated in the crossroads between Peloponese and the rest of Greece. It also controlled the transportation of ships from the Ionian sea, west Greece and the aAgean Sea on the East part of Greece. At the time, the ship were transported overland using timber to slide them over across the land. This method still saved a lot of days of voayage around Peloponese. The Corinthians were quite progressive. They were protected by an acropolis, similar to the one in Athens but on a smaller scale. It is knownasAcropolis of corinth, Apostle Paul preached on the Acrocorinth. There is now a little village next to the monuments. Some show clearly where some shops used to be in the Ancient times. A map shows were the buildings were in the ancient times.
Definitely worth driving the extra distance to experience this well preserved fortification. The layers of occupation can be seen in the walls and the different types of buildings contained within. This is a very extensive site so bring your walking boots. Very hot on the day we visited so didn't try to climb all the way but worth climbing to the third gate at least. Definitely not a place for those with mobility issues. The paths are steep and very uneven. Very good views of the surrounding areas from the top. There was work being undertaken on the tracks past the third gate on our visit. Literally walking ankle deep in powdery dust so expect to get a bit dirty.
There probably is a bigger history to tell about but it is hard to uncover at this site. The Franks, Venetians and Ottomans all had a hand in the history but there was no depth to the explanations available.The views are wonderful and simply spectacular.
Amazing! We took a taxi two thirds up to the parking lot. From there we hiked up through the three gates and then all over the place. We explored ruins, visited a small Orthodox church that is still in use, and admired the foliage and variety of floweres. Inadvertently, we took a path which led us up to the very peak of the mountain and the views at 360 degrees were breath-taking! Though the hike and climbs are exhausting...it is well worth it! We enjoyed this more than any other activity we did in Greece. Be sure to wear good climbing shoes, put on sunscreen and take water with you. Climbing up through the gates, and down again, the stones are spaced and difficult to walk on...so be careful, but don't let that stop you! Highly recommended!!
The biggest castle in Peloponnese with remains of many different periods (roman, venetian, frankish, turkish) offering amazing views over Corinth and surrounding areas.Be prepared to walk, quite, in order to see it all and have comfortable shoes on.
Amazing views across the Peloponnese makes it well worth it to go. Lots of wild flowers also growing on the site which were pretty. Very slippery surface, not that much information available, but interesting none-the-less. Handy cafe at the top.
We did the full hike - to the keep, up to the top and over the back to the water chambers. All three were worth doing and the views at all three sights were exceptional. Interesting and FREE - so certainly worth coming.
WOW! This wasn't on our list when we went to Greece but definitely recommend to everyone on your way out of Greece to the boat in Patras out to Bari, Italy. We took the train from Athens which took several transfers (we used Euro trail app) from Corinth station we took a taxi to the ruins we paid the driver 10euro oneway. He dropped us off in front of Corinth ruin which also cost an entrance fee of 6euro pperson. The museum was remarkable and mostly the ruins and a small museum. There weren't a lot of tourists at that time so that was nice. We didn't get to go to the castle up on the mountain though. We were only here for one day then took a taxi back to the train which ended in the last town (cant remember)stop then took the bus to Patras.
At the entrance to the Ancient Corinth site you will signs to Acrocorinth, a fortress at the top a hill. It can be seen from the entrance. The road is clearly marked and easy to drive up and you will be well rewarded for a 10 minute excursion. The citadel was built in three different eras and so has three sets of fortifications. It is a fairly steep, but short climb from the car park to the entrance and then you can continue to climb to whichever level you want, even to the very top, which is a fair distance. Nevertheless, at every level, the views of the surrounding areas are stunning.If you visiting Ancient Corinth you should definitely go the extra 2 miles to visit this site.