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Olympia

Greece

Olympia

In the western Peloponnese, in the “Valley of Gods”, lies the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece, and the birthplace of the most important athletic mega-event of all times; the Olympic Games.
Olympia is one of the most well known tourist destinations in Greece, and one of the most powerful brand names worldwide.
Olympia is easily accessible from other areas of interest of Greece. It is less than 4 hours away from Athens and only 1 hour from Patras port, or Kalamata airport.
The impressive ruins of the area where athletes trained and run in the ancient stadium; just as the ancient Olympians did after their victory 3000 years ago. Visit the museum and get the chance to see some unbelievable sculptures such as the sculpted decoration of the temple of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the famous Hermis of Praxiteles and the statue of Nike of Paionios

Food and Drink

Greek cooking recipes includes fresh ingredients, like garlic, onions, greens, zucchini, oranges, grapes, apples and figs, in to a wide variety of local recipes a few of which can be traced to Ancient Greece.
This region has citrus fruits, grapes, pistachios, watermelons and potatoes. Manolada and Lehana in the northern part of the prefecture are known for their watermelons, as well as for their delightful cheeses.
Ilia claims its vineyards produce grapes and wine of exceptional quality, Olives are also particularly tasty. Extra virgin olive oil and organic olive oil abound, considering that efforts for organic olive-tree planting have been quite successful.

Access

By bus :
There are daily buses from Athens to Olympia via Pyrgos. Passengers have to take a bus from Athens to Pyrgos and then another bus from Pyrgos to Olympia. The bus trip from Athens to Pyrgos is 4 hours and buses depart from Kifissos KTEL Bus Station. The bus trip from Pyrgos to Olympia is about 30 min.

By car:
Follow the National Highway Athens-Patra and then follow the signs to Pyrgos. At Pyrgos, you follow the signs to Olympia. The road trip is about 4 and half hours. After the Corinth Canal and till Patras, the road gets narrow and usually has one line per direction, which is why extra attention is required by drivers.

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