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Olympia (Greece)

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Olympia (Greece)

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Olympia (Greek: Ολυμπία Olympí'a) is an ancient town[1] and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Peloponnese, Greece. This was the site of the original Olympic Games from 776 BC. The flame for each modern Olympic Games is still lit in Ancient Olympia, by a reflection of sunlight in a parabolic mirror, and carried by torch to the place where the games are to be held.


Get in[edit]

By train or bus[edit]

Take the train or KTEL buses from Patras via Pyrgos which takes around two hours. Since all the station signs are in Greek, pick up a translation card at any train station. You can also travel to Olympia from the port of Kyllini using KTEL buses.

By boat[edit]

Cruise ships plying the Adriatic Sea call on the very small port of Katakolo and dock at its jetty, from where it is a five minute walk to Katakolon town. Each cruising season, hundreds of cruise ships call on Katakolo, bringing hundreds of thousands of passengers to the beautiful region of the Peloponnese, eager to visit Olympia, about 18 miles east of Katakolon. There are several options to get from Katakolon to Olympia, including by prepaid ship excursions, by tours, by taxi, or by rental cars. Many transportation options can be negotiated at the various vendors located next to the Katakolon pier.

  • Katakolon Express[2] a private bus service between Katakolo and Olympia designed for cruisers. Must reserve online at least a week before your arrival. Costs range from €10 for the basic Olympia on your own to €60 for the Olympia Special Tour.
  • Taxi. Scores of taxis appear whenever a cruise ship docks. Rates are negotiable, but typically a rushed one-hour visit is about €80 and a more realistic 2.5-hour visit is about €100.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

The Olympia Stadium

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Olympia Land Estate (winery), Koskina, Ancient Olympia (1,5 km from Olympia city.), 2624023021, [3]. The Olympia Land winery has unique wines from local varieties in a modern tasting room.  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

It can be possible to help yourself to citrus fruit from trees around the town however it would be advisable to gain the landowner's permission if the tree in question is on private land.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Face Nightclub
  • Kalypso Nightclub. Closes at midnight. Popular with a young tourist crowd.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

In low season, rooms can be bartered down to as little as E20 per night in some places.

  • Hotel Kronio, (Easy walk to the museums and ancient sites), (+30) 26240 22188, [4].  edit
  • Anesi Rooms Located in front of the Olympic Games Museum, this little place has comfortable, clean rooms with a balcony and decent wifi. Prices start at E25. Phone: +30 6972835904

Get out[edit]

Buses from Olympia to Tripoli pass once a day from the combined bus/train station. There is no KTEL Office, you have to enter the coffee shop and ask them to call for the bus (otherwise it skips Olympia). The bus departs at 12:30 pm, cost E12.40, and takes 4 hours. From Tripoli, there are many other connections.

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