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Explore the majesty of Acrocorinth Castle, Greece’s largest fortress steeped in myth and history.

Perched on top of its namesake mountain at an astonishing altitude of 575 meters, this wonder was born during the reign of Sisyphus, the legendary king of Corinth. The tyrant Periandros fortified the castle in the 7th-6th century BC for the first time and it became the Acropolis of Ancient Corinth before it was successively conquered by Romans, Byzantines, Franks, Venetians and Turks. Acrocorinth Castle blends architectural elements of different historical eras, such as Mycenaean, Classical, Byzantine and Medieval styles.

Legend whispers that Acrocorinth was the favored stronghold of Helios, the sun god, who later offered his throne to goddess Aphrodite, imparting a sense of mythical aura to this historic site.

The panoramic views from this fortress are unparalleled, offering vistas that stretch beyond the borders of Argolis, over the majestic Geraneia Mountains, and into the beginnings of Achaia and Central Greece.

Once inside, visitors begin a journey passing through a series of defensive gates, each contributing to the historical narrative of this awe-inspiring structure. As you climb to the top, you come across the ruins of the temple dedicated to the patroness of Ancient Corinth, Aphrodite, where a thousand priestesses once worshipped. Ruins of chapels and houses mark the ascent. Halfway up, an old church still preserves some remarkable works of art. Take the time to look inside to see these preserved artworks.
Once you reach the top rest assured that the view will reward you!

The collective experience of traversing the defense gates, relishing breathtaking views, and delving into ancient remnants makes Acrocorinth Castle an enthralling and worthwhile exploration for history buffs and adventurers alike.

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Ακροκόρινθος | Photo: Nikos Chatziiakovou

Exploration Tips

Embarking on the journey to the top demands sturdy hiking shoes and comfortable attire. The climb, though rewarding, requires caution as the path can be steep and slippery in sections. Plan for a 2 to 3-hour visit to thoroughly explore the site, taking breaks to admire the scenic vistas of the sea and surrounding landscapes.

Practical information and reminders

  • Operating hours: Daily from 08:30 to 15:30
  • Entrance to the castle is free
  • Remember, the path, particularly toward the first and second gates, is steep and slippery, demanding caution.
  • Keep in mind that there are no facilities such as toilets along the way and the buildings are monitored by cameras for security purposes.
  • For those with mobility issues or health concerns, the ascent may prove challenging.

How to get to the Acrocorinth Castle 

– The International Airport “El. Venizelos” is only 1 hour away by car or suburban railway, via Corinth
– By road: easily accessible from Athens, about half hour away via the Athens-Corinth National Road (E-75). About 2 ½hs from Patras via the Corinth – Patras National Road.
– By Bus: daily, frequent local and long-distance bus routes connecting Isthmus with Athens and other destinations.
– By train: daily routes by suburban train from Athens, Piraeus and the International Airport “El. Venizelos”, via Corinth.


Aerial view of Acrocorinth | Filmed by Travel and Drones

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