Ancient and modern – archeological remains and finding a boatyard

We were on our way to view a boatyard where could potentially “winter over” the Lagoon 420 catamaran on which we had just paid a deposit.

Our new boat!

The plan is to take possession of the boat in October, once all booked charters have been honoured and then have a month’s “shakedown” to learn how to sail her, before pulling her out of the water to instal new equipment and do any other necessary fit-out work.

On the road to Corinth

The recommendation made by our yacht broker Yiannis of YD Yachts, was Almira Shipyard in Agioi Theodori, near Corinth, on the Peloponnese Peninsula.

We left Athens after lunch and avoiding toll roads, took the scenic route and ended up on a lonely, and rough single-lane road lined with olive groves and large clumps of fir trees. From time to time there were spectacular views of the sea.

It was a pretty but rugged road

There were some spectacular ocean views

We had found a campervan site not too far from the boat yard near Corinth. The road was windy and narrow and it was pouring with rain. Fortunately it was light enough to see where we were going although the sun was very low in the sky.

The campervan park was really good

The next day we realised what a lovely site it was, well set up and with distant views of new Corinth, snow capped mountains and the sea.

The wild flowers in Greece were incredible
The campervan site had its own olive grove and this old timer was still used
There were also hens and ducks
There were lovely views over the newer city of Corinth
There were snow capped mountains and the ocean in the far distance

When we went for a stroll we were delighted to find we were in easy walking distance of the ruins of Ancient Corinth, one of the largest and most important cities of ancient Greece, with a population of 90,000 in 400 BC.

We went for a lovely walk
Passing lemon groves and pleasant views
We were delighted to find that we were staying very close to the remains of ancient Corinth

The archeological site has been excavated by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens since 1896 and excavations are still in progress to this day. Investigations have revealed remains extending from the Early Neolithic period (6500-5750 BC) through to early modern times.

The archeological site was quite extensive

The dominant feature of the extensive site is the mid-6th Century BC Temple of Apollo which has apparently been one of the only features of the site visible since antiquity.

The dominant feature was the Temple of Apollo

During our stay we visited the small but fascinating museum which houses the findings from this and other nearby archeological sites and illustrate much about Ancient Corinth through Greek, Roman and Byzantine rule.

The museum was small but fascinating
There were many amazing artifacts in the museum

Exhibits include statues, mosaics, pottery and sarcophagi. After going round the museum we were able to walk round the site and get up close to the ancient remains of this once vibrant and important city.

After going round the museum we were able to roam through the archeological site

The remains of the ancient city were very atmospheric

Our trip to the boatyard was a great success. We were immediately struck by the tidiness and a sense of order when we first arrived. Then at the office we were very impressed with the friendly and efficient manner with which were greeted by Co-owner/manager Stephe and her staff.

We were very impressed by the Almira Boat Yard

The security is fantastic- fully fenced and security guards 24 hours a day. We saw the travel lift in action and it was in great condition with a very competent operator. We were delighted to have found this great place to work on the boat and leave it safely when we are busy with land-based adventures in the winter months.

Jonathan enjoying being round boats again
We saw the travel lift in use

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

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