The Corinth Canal, Greece

The Corinth Canal is an artificial waterway carved through the Isthmus of Corinth, Greece, which connects the Gulf of Corinth, in the Ionian Sea (West) and the Saronic Gulf, in the Aegean Sea (East). Since the 7th century BC, this union had been desired and at the time they used a system in wood to guide ships. Already in 67, Nero had thought of the construction of the canal which had begun but was immediately stopped because of his death. In 1882 that construction began, but everything they had calculated took a lot more time and cost and unfortunately the work was stopped 7 years later when there was a good part done. Finally the canal is inaugurated in 1893 but it become functional a year later. The channel is 6.343 meters long and 24.60m wide, with a depth of 8 meters. While passing by, the ships save 400 km, avoiding the peninsula of Peloponnese. There are other two submersible bridges (Isthmia and Posidonia) at each end that since 1988 allow to cross the channel. There is also a road bridge and two railway bridges. Due to its narrowness, the canal is little frequented.

Tips

To have a good view and enjoy the passing ships, go on one of the bridges, Isthmia or Posidonia, from where you will have a magnificent vision.

Take advantage of your trip to visit the site of Ancient Corinth (paying) and the Archaeological Museum. If you are driving, it only takes 20-30 minutes to get there.

There are yachts you can take to cross the canal, it’s well worth it.

Budva, Montenegro

Budva is a town on the Adriatic Sea belonging to the Budva Riviera in Montenegro. It is very popular for its beautiful beaches and even for its nightlife. The old medieval town, one of the oldest cities on the Adriatic Sea, is surrounded by walls and its architecture, in general, has many Venetian influences: doors, windows, balconies. Its streets are narrow and there are several small squares and three main churches, the oldest of which dates from the 7th century BC. The walls of the city date from the fifteenth century. To visit: the citadel, the church of St. Ivan, the Church of the Holy Trinity, the Benedictine monastery of St. Mary of Punta, the Little Mermaid, the marina and the promenade. You can also visit the island of Sveti Stefan where the luxury hotel Aman Sveti Stefan is located. The beach of Budva is usually full of tourists but you also have the Mogren 2 beach which is accessible by a narrow path.

Tips

If you want to enjoy a beautiful sandy beach, visit Becici beach which is just a few minutes away from the city. There is also a yacht club where you can rent pedal boats. Other activities are possible such as jet ski or banana boat.
If you like casinos, visit the one on the top floor of the Splendid Hotel. You will also have a beautiful view of the city thanks to its glass installations.
If you go with children, you have the Aqua Park Mediteran that will delight the whole family.
For epicureans, you can enjoy beautiful typical plates with good beer or locally produced wines.
 

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is the capital and main port of Estonia; situated on the coast of the Gulf of Finland, forming part of the Baltic Sea. The city contains vestiges of different eras that go from the medieval to the classic. The historical center, fairly well preserved, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ramparts that surround it are from the 13th century and there are several towers. The Marguerite tower (16th century) now houses the Museum of the Sea. The old town is located between the Lower Town and the Toompea hill or the Upper Town where the Parliament is located in the castle. To see: the Pirita Convent, the Town Hall Square, the Estonian Outdoor Museum, Alexander Nevski Cathedral, St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Olaf’s Church, St. Nicholas’s Church, Freedom Square; among others. The port of the city also receives many tourists thanks to the cruise ships that have chosen it in their itineraries. Kadriorg Castle, 2 km east of the old town, houses the presidential residence and foreign art department of the country’s art museum. Since 2013, Tallinn has a free transport service for residents.

Tips

An interesting place to see is the oldest pharmacy in Europe still active (15th century) which is located in the Town Hall Square. The building where the National Library is located and the door at 38 Pikk Street are other places it worths visiting.

You can enjoy your visit and take a ferry to Helsinki, just 2 hours from the city. A bus to St. Petersburg or a night train to Moscow.