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Explore the archaeological ruins of Olympia, situated in the Ilia region of the western Peloponnese Peninsula by a modern town of the same name, on mainland Greece. As the birthplace of the prestigious Olympic Games about three millennia ago, this is believed to be the place where Zeus defeated his father Kronos. Ancient Olympia celebrated athletic competition, religion, and the arts, and the famous Olympic torch is still lit here to keep the tradition alive. Across the Kaldeos river at the foot of Kronious Hill, the splendid ruins showcase a sprawling stadium, a gymnasium, a hippodrome, accommodation blocks, baths, and temples dedicated to Zeus and Hera. The museums here exhibit Olympia’s archaeological treasures and the history of Olympic champions. The modern, compact town of Olympia offers a gateway to this ancient site with plenty of dining and lodging facilities for visitors. On the outskirts, about ten minutes away, the Olympia Land Estate vineyards and the Magna Grecia olive groves produce delicious vintages and virgin olive oils respectively. Outdoor and adventure enthusiasts can also set out on pleasant hiking trails through forests along the Alfeios river.

Highlights

  • Architecture & Ancient Ruins
  • History & Olympic Games
  • Olympia Archaeological Museum

Places to Stay

Enchanting Travels Greece Tours Hotel Olympion Asty
Olympion Asty Hotel

Style: Boutique

Olympion Asty Hotel is a boutique accommodation that sits on a lush hillside in a rural setting, a few minutes away from Ancient Olympia, Greece. Classic old-style buildings with sloping tiled roofs and exposed stone walls punctuate the well-tended gardens covered in native vegetation.

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