Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

Perched on the west coast of the Peloponnesus, Greece's largest peninsula, this sleepy fishing village of some 300 souls is your gateway to Olympia, site of the original Olympic Games. Held every four years between 776 B.C. and 393 A.D., when the Emperor Theodosius banned pagan festivals, the Olympic Games celebrated the ideal harmony of mind and body. Every four years, the sacred flame of Altis is rekindled to light the torch for the Modern Games.

Olympia's temples were destroyed after the games were banned. An earthquake in the 6th century compounded the destruction, and floods buried the site. Excavation of the ruins began in 1875, and Olympia was declared a National Park in 1976.

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Points of Interest

  • Olympia Archaeological Site
  • Olympia Archaeological Museum
  • Olympia Gi Winery & Wine Tasting
  • Kourouta Beach
  • Ancient Olympia
  • Magna Grecia Local Farm

More about Katakolon (Olympia), Greece Points of Interest

  • Olympia Archaeological Site

    Ancient Olympia lies in the valley formed by the Alfios River, and is home to the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Zeus where the gold and ivory Statue of Zeus - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - was housed, and the Stadium, where the marble starting blocks are still in position.

  • Olympia Archaeological Museum

    Classical and Roman history is beautifully unveiled, with some of the finest decorative sculpture on display - the famous Nike Winged Victory, to a pediment from the Temple of Zeus.

  • Olympia Gi Winery & Wine Tasting

    This family-run estate is one of Katakolon's oldest established wineries, with vineyards that border the Ionian Sea. Behold a wine cellar and olive press, and a family museum with old agricultural tools.

  • Kourouta Beach

    With sand stretching over 10 miles with the Ionian Sea at your feet, and a seafront lined with tavernas, Kourouta Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the area.

  • Ancient Olympia

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the archaeological site known as Ancient Olympia includes a spectacular array of ruins that date from the Bronze Age to the Byzantine era

  • Magna Grecia Local Farm

    Magna Grecia, which means Great Greece, is a relaxed, family-owned olive farm that graciously welcomes guests to its idyllic setting in the heart of the traditional agricultural region.

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Discovery Family Olympia Olympics

3 hours | Katakolon (Olympia) | K A 1 - 6 0 0
  • Olympia Archaeological Site

Explore the site where the ancient Olympic Games began. Walk among the ruins of the Temple of Zeus and the Temple of Hera. Run around the Stadium where Olympic athletes once vied for glory over 2,700 years ago - and all participants will be given a small prize.

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Olympia Gi Winery & Wine Tasting

2.5 hours | Katakolon (Olympia) | K A 1 - 3 0 5
  • Olympia Gi Winery & Wine Tasting

A visit to the Olympia Gi makes this tour a wine lover's dream. You'll meet the owners of this premium estate, view the cellars.

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Olympia

3 hours | Katakolon (Olympia) | K A 1 - 2 0 5
  • Olympia Archaeological Site

Ancient Olympia is at your feet - literally. Walk among the ruins of the Stadium where ancient Olympic athletes vied for victory, and see the Temple of Zeus, that housed one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the Temple of Hera. Cap your tour off with a drive through the modern village of Olympia. Similiar to KA1-100/200.

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奥林匹亚和考古博物馆之旅(普通话导游) / 奧林匹亞考古博物館(中文導遊)

4 hours | Katakolon (Olympia) | K A 1 - 9 9 0
  • Olympia Archaeological Site
  • Olympia Archaeological Museum

Get your walking shoes on for this tour that takes you through ancient Olympia where the Olympics began over 3 millenniums ago. You'll see the Temple of Zeus, that housed one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You'll also visit the Archaeological Museum and view some of the temple's finest decorative sculpture. Similiar to KA1-100 in a half day format.

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Olympia & Beach Getaway

7 hours | Katakolon (Olympia) | K A 1 - 5 9 5
  • Olympia Archaeological Site
  • Kourouta Beach

Explore the Olympia Archaeological site on a guided walking tour. View the ruins of the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Zeus and the Stadium. Pine trees dot the border of 10 miles of golden sand at Kourouta Beach. Enjoy free time to sunbathe or swim in the crystalline waters of the Ionian Sea.

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オリンピア遺跡と考古学博物館(日本語ガイド付き)

4 hours | Katakolon (Olympia) | K A 1 - 9 9 3
  • Olympia Archaeological Site
  • Olympia Archaeological Museum

Get your walking shoes on for this tour that takes you through ancient Olympia where the Olympics began over 3 millenniums ago. You'll see the Temple of Zeus, that housed one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You'll also visit the Archaeological Museum and view some of the temple's finest decorative sculpture. Similiar to KA1-100 in a half day format.

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Olympia & Archaeological Museum (Guided in French)

4 hours | Katakolon (Olympia) | K A 1 - 2 0 4
  • Olympia Archaeological Site
  • Olympia Archaeological Museum

Get your walking shoes on for this tour that takes you through ancient Olympia where the Olympics began over 3 millenniums ago. You'll see the Temple of Zeus, that housed one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You'll also visit the Archaeological Museum and view some of the temple's finest decorative sculpture. Similiar to KA1-100 in a half day format.

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Olimpia Y Museo Arqueológico (Guiado En Español)

4 hours | Katakolon (Olympia) | K A 1 - 2 0 2
  • Olympia Archaeological Site
  • Olympia Archaeological Museum

Get your walking shoes on for this tour that takes you through ancient Olympia where the Olympics began over 3 millenniums ago. You'll see the Temple of Zeus, that housed one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You'll also visit the Archaeological Museum and view some of the temple's finest decorative sculpture. Similiar to KA1-100 in a half day format.

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Olympia & Archaeological Museum

4 hours | Katakolon (Olympia) | K A 1 - 2 0 0
  • Olympia Archaeological Site
  • Olympia Archaeological Museum

Get your walking shoes on for this tour that takes you through ancient Olympia where the Olympics began over 3 millenniums ago. You'll see the Temple of Zeus, that housed one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You'll also visit the Archaeological Museum and view some of the temple's finest decorative sculpture. Similiar to KA1-100 in a half day format.

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Olympia & Archaeological Museum (Guided in German)

4 hours | Katakolon (Olympia) | K A 1 - 2 0 3
  • Olympia Archaeological Site
  • Olympia Archaeological Museum

Get your walking shoes on for this tour that takes you through ancient Olympia where the Olympics began over 3 millenniums ago. You'll see the Temple of Zeus, that housed one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You'll also visit the Archaeological Museum and view some of the temple's finest decorative sculpture. Similiar to KA1-100 in a half day format.

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Local Connections: Magna Grecia Local Farm Visit with the Karambelas Family

3 hours | Katakolon (Olympia) | K A 1 - 3 1 0
  • Magna Grecia Local Farm

Journey along a picturesque route studded with old-world villages and the idyllic landscapes surrounding Katákolon, to Magna Grecia Farm in the heart of a traditional agricultural region. Learn the history of the olive tree and oil production, see the wine vineyards and sample delectable meze (small plates) brimming with local produce.

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Archaeological Museum & Folkloric Show

3 hours | Katakolon (Olympia) | K A 1 - 2 1 0
  • Olympia Archaeological Museum

Enjoy a blend of the traditional and the ancient - visit the Olympia Archaeological Museum and view sculptures from the Temple of Zeus, that housed one of the Seven Wonders of the World. After a peak into yesteryear, you'll visit a taverna in Olympia for wine or ouzo, local delicacies and a traditional folkloric show.

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Best of Olympia

7 hours | Katakolon (Olympia) | K A 1 - 1 0 0
  • Olympia Archaeological Site
  • Olympia Archaeological Museum

Embark on a walking tour that brings antiquity to life, from the ruins of the Temple of Zeus to the Stadium where the Olympics began. After a visit to the Archaeological Museum and the Ancient Olympic Games Museum, enjoy a traditional Greek lunch and shopping in the modern village of Olympia. Similiar to KA1-200 in a full day format.

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