Located in the Peloponnese peninsula, Ancient Olympia is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Travel back in time and visit the glorious destination where the Olympic Games were born. Are you ready to explore? Discover everything you need to know about Ancient Olympia in our travel guide!
Your Ancient Olympia travel guide
The port of Katakolon in west Peloponnese is in fact a major jumping off point for trips to Olympia. This is the original home of the Olympic Games, where the ancient Greeks used to flock every four years for more than a millennium to celebrate the sacred games dedicated to Zeus.
Visit the ruins of the Sanctuary, with its athletic quadrangles, stadium, temples and treasuries; then explore the modern Archaeological Museum, a treasure house of Archaic, Classical and Roman sculptures, including the famous Winged Victory.
Katakolon and Olympia are connected to Athens by bus.
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In Ancient Olympia you will have the chance to admire one of the greatest sculptures of all time. The Hermes of Praxiteles is maybe the greatest exhibit of Olympia’s archaeological museum.
Visit the museum to take a journey in history and explore 463 exhibits from the Temple of Zeus.
A colorful summer festival held in the archaeological site of Olympia offering concerts, theatrical plays and folklore shows.
With a view to the Ionian sea, Katakolo is a small port in western Greece. Stroll around the picturesque streets and enjoy the views sitting at one of the restaurants and cafes of the harbor.
Go swimming in the awarded with the Blue Flag long sandy beach of Kourouta. It is a very popular destination with a variety of restaurants, taverns and cafes.
Known for its thermal springs since antiquity, Kaiafas is located 25 km away from the archaeological site of Olympia. Enjoy nature around you and indulge in a thermal healing bath.
Located in the central square of Olympia, Aegean restaurant serves Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as vegetarian options.
4 Georgiou Douma str., Olympia
T: +30 2624 022540
Symposium Tavern serves Greek, Mediterranean and European dishes in the center of Olympia.
3 Kountse str., Olympia
T: +30 2624 023620