Experience the unforgettable sensation that comes with a journey down the manmade Corinth Canal. This waterway slices through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth in spectacular fashion, being only 75 feet wide and bordered on either side by sheer rock.
You'll learn the remarkable story of how this engineering achievement was accomplished way back in 1893, as you motor slowly in the shadows of its towering walls. The Canal actually separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, and you'll experience it up-close and in-depth as you navigate the four-mile stretch. The wonder of the Corinth Canal is sure to be a hallmark of your visit to Greece.
The trip takes about an hour and it starts at Isthmia Port.
Corinth Canal - Isthmus
The first serious attempt at the canal's construction was by Emperor Nero, who in 67AD, announced to spectators at the Isthmian Games that he was going to dig the canal that would "connect the two seas".
Nero, in fact, dug the first piece of land out himself, using a golden pick, and carried this first basket of earth and turf on his own back. However, even though Nero had approximately 6000 slaves who would work on the canal, again, the plan never materialized, for several reasons, including financial ones.
The idea for the canal was left unfinished, until it was revived again during the late 1800’s. After several false starts, the Corinth Canal was finally completed, and put in use, on October 28th, 1893.
The work on the canal was carried out by a combination of French and Greek workmen. The Corinth Canal was actually based on the “Panama and Suez Canals”, and has often been referred to as the “step-child” of these canals.
The Corinth Canal is still in use today, though many newer and larger ships are too large to pass through any more. However, the canal is still used by many smaller ships, and there are also cruises organized where you can travel on a boat along the canal.
Facts about the Corinth Canal
Length: 6343 meters (3.94 miles)
Width at land level: 24.60 meters
Width at Sea Bed: 21.30 meters
Water Depth: 8 meters
Highest Point from Sea Level: 79 meters
Every day without transfer 25€/person
Every Friday with transfer from Loutraki 30€/person
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