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  • by petermahew Updated Nov 4, 2013

    If you go to Katakolo, you MUST visit Olympia (25 minutes driving from Katakolo.
    Rent a car with AVIS www.katakolo-rentacar.com).
    You can see the Temple of Hera (or Heraion/Heraeum) and Temple of Zeus, the Pelopion, the area of the altar, where the sacrifices were made, the hippodrome and later stadium. Olympia is also known for the gigantic ivory and gold statue of Zeus that used to stand there, sculpted by Pheidias, which was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Antipater of Sidon.

    If you have time you can also visit Chlemoutsi castle (45 minutes driving from Katakolo), Mercury winery (one of the Greek wine industry's charming pleasures-10 minutes driving), Agios Andreas beach (5 minutes driving) or Kourouta beach (20 minutes driving, same direction as Chlemoutsi castle).

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    by cfuentesm Written Oct 13, 2005

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    Here is where the Olimpic Games begam thousands of years ago. Visit the ruins and try to imagine its splendor in ancient times.

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  • by petermahew Written Nov 4, 2013

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    Went to Katakolo last month with Norwegian Jade and I follow Rick Steves advice to book a car from AVIS. It is the most economic way to get around and do your own thing on your own time, something that cannot be done if you take a bus, a train or a taxi. All Avis amployees were very friendly, helpful and accurate at their directions. What Rick Steves wrote about them: “Driving from Katakolo to Olympia is easy – you don’t even have to go through any towns. It takes about 30 minutes. But be aware that some car rental “deals” in Katakolo come with hidden costs. Avoid the sleazy agencies on the main street that advertise €40 rentals (they’ll tack on insurance charges, gasoline, and even extra fees for air-corditioning). Try the Avis agency just uphill from the main street, marked with a large red billboard (tel. 26210-42200, mobile 6947002290, www.katakolo-rentacar.com, helpful Kostas)”

    On their web site, they have half day rental for cruise ship passengers. They provide very detailed maps or a GPS if you think you will need it (although the trip to Olympia is as straight forward as it can be). They have small or multi-seater cars all new with air-condition. Unlimited kilometers, insurance and all kinds of baby-seats (child-seats, boosters, etc).

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  • by law_49 Written Jul 19, 2012

    My family and I visited Katakolo on the 31st of May where one of the local taxi drivers named Fotis was kind enough to take us on a 4-hour tour to Ancient Olympia where we visited all the major sites and the museum. He was really knowledgeable of the area and its history as well as cordial and really funny! At the end of our trip we visited a truly exotic place where we had some of the local dishes (i recommend mousaka!) and swam in some of the cleanest waters you have ever seen! This trip will remain in my memory for years to come, thank you Greece!http://http://taxitourkatakolon.com

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  • by BobbyTr Written Apr 8, 2011

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    During my visit to Katakolo, I rented a car from AVIS (www.avis.gr), right opposite to the port and I drove to Olympia (25 min drive, 38 km, 2-turns route) The car cost me for the day 40.00 euros, including full insurance, unlimitted km, everything but the fuel (i put 8 lt. of gas as i was indicated by the rather helpfull staff of AVIS in Katakolo). Service above the average. by having the car we were able also to visit the surrounding small, coastal, agricultural villages, and also the very impressive winnery called Merkouri. We really had great fun, taking full advantage of our day

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