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Corinthia > an attractive destination October 3, 2006

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The city of Corinth is geographically located in a narrow land area, known as the Isthmus of Corinth, which connects the region of Peloponnese to the mainland of Central Greece. The isthmus, which was in ancient times traversed by hauling ships over the rocky ridge on sledges, is now cut by a canal. The Corinth Canal, carrying ship traffic between the western Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea, is about 4 km east of the city, cutting through the Isthmus of Corinth.

Corinth is the capital of Corinthia, a prefecture which belongs to the region of the Peloponnese. Towards the western area of the city and the isthmus there is the gulf of Corinth, towards the east there is the Sacronic Gulf, and towards the south west, at about 50 miles, there is Athens. Other surrounding areas include Kechries, Lechaio, Isthmia, Ancient Corinth, and Examilia.

Corinth was inhabited since the neolithic period and acquired great power and prosperity in the 9th through the 5th century B.C. It was conquered by the Romans in 146 B.C but flourished again under the Roman rule. It was visited by St. Paul who preached there on 52 A.D. Due to its strategic position, Corinth has suffered raids from Goths, Slavs, pirates, Franks, the Knights of Rhodes, the Venetians and the Turks.

Nowadays, an important part of the old city of Corinth can not be visited anymore due to the fact that it was partially destroyed by an earthquake towards the last years of the decade of 1850. Despite of this, there still are many interesting historical sites that can be visited in the city and its surroundings, as well as a variety of entertainment. Corinth and the prefecture of Corinthia, is a very attractive destination which combines an amazing historical past with modern life in a unique way.

In Corinth, you should visit St. Paul’s Metropolitan Church and the tribune from which St. Paul spoke to the Corinthians.

To the south of modern Corinthos is the ancient city. The most important monuments are the archaic Temple of Apollo, the Lecheos Road which linked the city with the port of Lecheon in the gulf of Corinth and the Krini of Glafki.

Acrocorinthos is the largest and oldest castle in Peloponnese built on a hill of 575 m height. The imposing walls date back to the medieval years. The castle is connected with the history of Leon Sgouros who committed suicide by falling from the walls on horseback in 1210 to avoid surrender to the Franks who occupied the fortress until 1460.

Loutraki town
 has gained rapid growth since 1925 when it was acknowledged as a bathing resort and when the first casino in Greece re-opened here in 1995 after 60 years. Loutraki’s spa treats arthritis and rheumatism while its natural mineral water is good for gravel, nephrolithiasis, and gallstone.

At Loutraki, the lake of Vouliagmeni offers the chance for swimming, skiing and fishing. In general you can enjoy water sports and windsurfing along the beaches of the region.
You can take the boat from Loutraki and reach the island complex of Alkionides in 45 min where you can enjoy the beautiful and remote beaches. At the seaside fish tavernas you will taste a variety of local Greek dishes and quality wine. 

The popular seaside town of Kiato is located close to Corinth. The area has lush vegetation and is full of fruit trees. Close to Kiato town is the Ancient Sikyon and its Archaeological Museum

It is famous for the renowned Pefkia, the unique pine forest of the Corinthian Coast.
Xylokastro region has developed into one of the most popular vacation spots offering a wide range of accommodation and entertainment.

It is located close to the border with Argolida. In ancient times, it gained fame when Helcules carried out one of his twelve labors by killing a local lion terrorizing the region.

Ancient Fliasia was always known for its famous wine. The town’s founder was Dionyssos’s son and the vineyards a gift of father to son. Nemean wines are characterized for their quality, with foremost the variety of Agiorgitiko which is cultivated on the Fliasian plain for over 3000 years.

The most important archeological site of Nemea is the Temple of Zeus, of 4th century B.C.. Other sites include the ancient bath houses and the stadium.

Another village known from Greek mythology. At the shores of the local lake, Hercules destroyed the destructive birds. Near Stymphalia, the village of Kastania, 920 m above sea level, is situated among fir trees and offers unforgettable winter vacations. Follow the picturesque route at the shores and the old paths of the mountain. Cross the villages that are set in a wonderful landscape of lush vegetation and enjoy the gifts of nature.

is a green-clad mountain where you can visit the famous valley of Flabouritsa which is unique in Peloponnese. The landscape is also embellished with the lake Dasiou which is formed in a meadow of wild flowers during spring. Breath the crispy air of the mountain by climbing Little Zirinia in about 3 hours or Great Zirinia in about 3 hours and 30′. The cave of Mercury on the west bank of Flabouritsa, which consists of many chambers with rich and multi-colored stalactites, invites you to admire its natural beauty.

Hey, you big spender! October 3, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Tourism.
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Russians, Italians the biggest spenders in Cyprus

Britons may still be the biggest source of tourists, but in terms of profitability, figures suggest that businesses should be targeting the Russian and Italian markets.

Revenue figures for August show that Russians (now the second largest tourist market) spent the most while holidaying in Cyprus, with average expenditure of CYP 602.8 per person in August, a rise of more than 16% compared with August 2005. Russians also numbered among the highest per-day spenders, at CYP 44.2 per day in August 2006.

Average expenditure for all tourists was CYP 492.3 per person and CYP 41 per day.

Italians were the second highest spenders, at CYP 585 per person, although this was slightly less than in August 2005. Ireland came a close third with average expenditure of CYP 584. The Irish were the highest per-diem spenders at CYP 53.6 per day.

Some of the smallest spenders are closer to home. Tourists from Greece spent less than half the amount of Russians at CYP 257.0 per person and only CYP 18.6 per day, while Israelis spent only CYP 201 per day, although at a slightly higher CYP 33 per person.

Being closer to Cyprus should in theory translate into lower airfares, though this is not always the case in practice. Another possible reason why Greeks spend less is perhaps because they stay with friends or family, while the Israeli figures may be distorted by the fact that some are known to travel to northern occupied Cyprus for the casinos.

On the basis of the results of the Passenger Survey, the Statistical Service reported that overall revenue from tourism reached CYP 155.0 mln in August 2006 compared with CYP 161.3 mln in the corresponding month of the previous year, recording a decrease of 3.9%.

For the period January-August 2006 revenue from tourism is estimated at CYP 697.2 mln compared with CYP 673.9 mln in the corresponding period of 2005, recording an increase of 3.5%.