Tours in Olympia and around
Our meeting place will be the first exit from the Katakolon Port. I will always be there on time, waiting for you. Since it’s always busy at the port due to the arrival of the cruise ships, I will be holding a board with your name written on it, so you will easily recognize me.
Katakolon will be our starting point of our tour. It is a small seaside village with 200 inhabitants but with a lot of tourist shops, cafes and restaurants.
The distance from Katakolon port to Ancient Olympia is about 40 km., about a 30 minute drive.
On the way to Olympia we will see villages built on the hills and around them many farms with: Olives, vineyards, oranges, watermelons, potatoes.
You will travel back to the ancient times by seeing monuments such as the temple dedicated to Zeus, the father of the gods, it sprawls over the southwest foot of Mount Kronios, at the confluence of the Alpheios and the Kladeos rivers, in a lush, green landscape. Although secluded near the west coast of the Peloponnese, Olympia became the most important religious and athletic centre in Greece. Its fame rests upon the Olympic Games, the greatest national festival and a highly prestigious one world-wide, which was held every four years to honour Zeus. The origin of the cult and of the festival went back many centuries. At the ancient stadium hosted 40,000 spectators that could sit right and left without seats and watch the races. Afterwards you will visit the archaeological museum, you will see the statue of Hermes of Praxiteles, the statue of Peonyon victory and the exhibits of the temple of Zeus. You can also visit the Olympic Games Museum.
Once you have finished around the archaeological site, there are some attractions you can choose on the same day and it depends on the time you have to visit some of them such as: we can visit the small town of Olympia of 1200 inhabitants. There are a lot of good restaurants, coffee shops, tourist shops, and jeweler’s and the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology.
You can have lunch, have a coffee or a drink or you can do your shopping if you feel like you need to do shopping therapy.
Also around the village of Olympia there are farms like the honey farm of Klio, where you will learn the secrets of producing honey. The Olympia land winery, MAGNA GRECIA with a tour around the farms and tasting. We can also visit the Kremasti monastery with its beautiful view or we can go to the beautiful beaches near the harbor for swimming, coffee and eating.
And finally back to the harbor.