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Olympia (Greek: Ολυμπία Olympí'a) is a town 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 the town, by a reflection of sunlight in a parabolic mirror, and carried by torch to the place where the games are to be held.
By train or bus
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.
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 taxi, or by tours.
For maps and general tips on how to get around Ancient Olympia, see this 2013 travel guide.
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.