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The Diolkos, Loutraki

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The Diolkos was a paved trackway near Corinth in Ancient Greece which enabled boats to be moved overland across the Isthmus of Corinth. The shortcut allowed ancient vessels to avoid the long and dangerous circumnavigation of the Peloponnese peninsula. The phrase "as fast as a Corinthian", penned by the comic playwright Aristophanes, indicates that the trackway was common knowledge and had acquired a reputation for swiftness.The main function of the Diolkos was the transfer of goods, although in times of war it also became a preferred means of speeding up naval campaigns. The 6km to 8.5km long roadway was a rudimentary form of railway, and operated from c. 600 BCE until the middle of the 1st century CE. The scale on which the Diolkos combined the two principles of the railway and the overland transport of ships remained unique in antiquity.FunctionThe Diolkos saved ships sailing from the Ionian Sea to the Aegean Sea a dangerous sea journey round the Peloponnese, whose three headlands had a reputation for gales, especially Cape Matapan and Cape Malea. By contrast, both the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf were relatively sheltered waters. In addition, the overland passage of the Isthmus, a neck of land 6.4km wide at its narrowest, offered a much shorter route to Athens for ships sailing to and from the Ionian coast of Greece.
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  • It stands parallel with the Corinth Chanel. Thats the way that the ancient Greeks did not sail around Peloponisos. Take a visit. Water and hats. 
  • The Diolkos is the ancient road providing transport for ships over the narrow landslip between Gulf of Corinth and Saronic Sea before the Canal was constructed. It is at the Corinth side of the Canal,...  read more »
  • This is the poluzabrošennyj archaeological site, is a piece of an ancient road which used to cut a path through the sea around the Peloponnese. Pretty Dull place, wander a few tourists.
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  • nice hotel, next to the sea. very nice owners. nice and comfortable room / close to the casino. a little noisy from the main road when windows are open
  • Updated hotel with a great view and a great price. The recommendations the staff gave us about the area and dining options helped a lot. Most of the hotels we stayed at had awful showers but this was one of the few how had an updated shower. The breakfast was great and the room was very clean. Having a kitchenette with a refrigerator, hot plate, sink and coffee maker was a plus.
  • Love it!!! Clean, friendly and amazing view!! Great location with easy access to the beach. With recently renovated rooms and excellent service, this hotel meets all my needs. I will definitely stay again!
  • Staff very friendly clean newly renovated breakfast well In general very good price performance ratio
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  • Beautiful location, friendly staff, modern facilities, breakfast for every taste, cleanliness, parking lot, perfect wi-fi signal,perfect mattresses. Nice location, polite staff, modern furnishings and facilities, breakfast for all tastes, cleanliness, parking, Wi-fi signal perfect, perfect layers.
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