Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
katakolon is a seaside town in western Ilia in the municipality of Pyrgos. The town center is within a gulf overlooking the Ionian Sea. Katakolon is situated on a peninsula and has a lighthouse found in the southwest. The Lighthouse of Katakolon was first opened in 1865 and the town has a population of 612 inhabitant. Piraeus and Katakolon are the busiest Ports in Greece.
Katakolon is your gateway to Olympia, where the ancient Greeks flocked 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 browse in the modern Archaeological Museum, a treasure house of Archaic, Classical and Roman sculptures, including the famous Niki Winged Victory.
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Things To Do
Go see where Greek mythology started the port of Katakolon, Greece is where the first Olympics was ever held and where you can find a historical landmark anywhere.
Take a guided tour and take in Ancient Olympia, Olympia Museum, or just read a little katakolon history. If you only are there a couple of hours then just enjoy the summer weather which is usually a comfortable 80 degrees.
One of the most important sanctuaries of antiquity, dedicated to the father of the gods Olympian Zeus. Olympia is the birth-place of the Olympic Games and also where they were held. >> more