Voyage to the gateway to Olympia

Sure, we may dock at the colorful port of Katakolon, but let’s be honest. You’re going to want to be “on your marks, get set, and go” to Olympia! Located just a 40-minute drive away, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a real winner. (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.)

To fully appreciate the scale and grandeur of the Olympia’s stadium, temples, and monuments you may need to flex something other than muscles: your imagination. Dating back to 776 BC, the site of the original Olympic games is now mostly in ruin.

Put your feet on the starting line of the 120-meter sprinting track in the original stadium while humming “Chariots of Fire”. Visit the gymnasium where athletes trained (often in the nude, slathered in olive oil), then pass by the prytaneum, where winning athletes were entertained and treated to a celebratory feast.

Whether you’re in top shape or are more of an armchair athlete, it’s hard not to get swept up in the glory of victory and the agony of defeat that is still palpable here.

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Olympic Stadium

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Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium

The largest stadium of its kind, the Olympic Stadium could seat up to 30,000 visitors. Enter through the remains of the ancient archway and view the marble starting blocks still embedded in the dirt track.



One of the area’s best preserved sites, the Temple of Hera dates back to the 6th century BC. Special running races were traditionally held in Hera’s honor, in which only virgins from the region could participate.

Ancient Olympia & Archeological Museum

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Ancient Olympia & Archeological Museum

Ancient Olympia & Archeological Museum

Katakolon, a charming fishing village on the Ionian Coast, is your gateway to Ancient Olympia. See the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the Shrine of Pelops, the Council House, the Palaestra, Gymnasium, and more. Step through the gate onto the floor of the original Stadium and explore the Archaeological Museum of Olympia.

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