Olympia Palace

Praxitelous Kondili 2, Olympia, Peloponnese, 27065, Greece

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    Olympic luxury


    The Olympia Palace offered luxury accomodation within strolling distance to the ruins of ancient Olympia and the Olympic arena.

    Unique Quality: The room in this hotel was large and had a nice writing desk and a king size bed,hip bath and a balcony.The linen and decor was spotless and we loved the white fluffy towels.
    The dining room served very nice meals with a full buffet breakfast.
    The staff were very curteous and helpful.
    I liked the fact that it was only a short stroll to the ruins and the main street in Olympia.

    Directions: Turn left at the end of the main road into Olympia near the ruins.

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Olympia's Best Hotel

by envelnikki about Olympia Palace Hotel

This hotel is right in the heart of downtown Olympia so it is within walking distance to the majority of shops, restaurants and even the town's ancient ruins. Its a first class hotel and the staff are all friendly.


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Taxi to Olympia

by canadadel

I am travelling to Katakolon by cruise ship on Sunday September 12, 2010. Could you tell me the cost of a taxi from the port in Katakolon to Olympia. Are taxis readily available in Katakolon? Do you think I would be better to go on the Cruise excursion?

Re: Taxi to Olympia

by travelgourmet

A cruise ship tour is advised for one main reason. You want to get back to the ship before it sails. It takes a while to get to Olympia about 25 miles away and when there it is nice to have a guide to tell you what you are looking at as well as they will take you to all the main sites including the surprisingly vacant lot that was the Olympic field of play. Still time to shop in Olympia as well as at the few shops in Katakolon.

Re: Taxi to Olympia

by StefanosS

You should visit both the Archaeological site of Olympia and the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, one of the most important museums in Greece.

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“Ancient” Olympia

by Kuznetsov_Sergey

Historically, the Olympic Games began in 776 BC.

From then on, the Olympic Games quickly became much more important throughout ancient Greece, reaching their zenith in the 6th and 5th centuries BC. The Olympics were of fundamental religious importance, contests alternating with sacrifices and ceremonies. Every four years, athletic contests were organized here in honor of Zeus, lasting seven days.

An Olympiad started with the games, which were held at the beginning of the Olympic new year, which fell on the full moon closest to the summer solstice.
Despite the destruction the Olympic festival continued to be held at the site until the last Olympiad in 393 BC, after which a decree from the Christian emperor, Theodosius I implemented a ban.

They were revived for the first time after fifteen centuries, in 1896 in the marble stadium in Athens.

You may see the start and finish line at Olympia Stadion on my second pic.

What to bring...

by grkboiler

Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat because it will get hot and there isn't much shade at the ruins. You will want to bring plenty of water when walking around the ancient ruins. There is lots of space to cover and it gets HOT! Bring plenty of film! Sunscreen may be a good idea.



Bassae (or Bassai, Vassai or Vassés) does not exist in VT locations data base. It is only 30 km away from Olympia, as the crow flies, a little more by the road (understatement, LOL). Anyhow, I feel the Temple of Apollo Epicurius in Bassae is much more interesting to visit that Olympia. I will tell more about Bassae on my Figalia page (the nearest city).

Temple of Zeus

by grkboiler

The Temple of Zeus, in the middle of the ancient site, was a huge Doric temple built between 470-456 BC. The temple was funded by goods looted during the war between the Eleians and Pisa. It was designed by the architect Livon of Eleia and was built on a platform to give it greater presence.

The Temple of Zeus, built to honor the god for whom the games were dedicated, had 13 columns on each side and 6 on each end. They aren't standing anymore, but you can see them in the picture.

Outside of the temple in ancient time was where an olive tree grew. That tree produced the laurels given to Olympic champions.


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Address: Praxitelous Kondili 2, Olympia, Peloponnese, 27065, Greece