Olympia Travel Guide

  • The tunnel leading out to the arena.
    The tunnel leading out to the arena.
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    The entrance onto the main arena.
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Olympia Highlights

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    Paul2001 says…

     Great ruins. I does not seems so crowded unlike Delphi. 

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    grkboiler says…

     It can get HOT! 

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     Go there and walk out onto the track for the 1st time, then come back and tell me how it felt... 

Olympia Things to Do

  • ARCHAEOLOGICAL OLYMPIA MUSEUM

    The Archaeological Museum of Olympia, one of the most important museums in Greece, presents the long history of the most celebrated sanctuary of antiquity, the sanctuary of Zeus, father of both gods and men, where the Olympic games were born. The museum's permanent exhibition contains finds from the excavations in the sacred precinct of the Altis...

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  • RUINES OF TEMPLES & ATHLETIC COMPLEX

    The Ancient Olympic Games -- The 5-day Olympic festival was held every 4 years between 776 B.C. and A.D. 393 at full moon in mid-August or September, after the summer harvest. Participants came from as far away as Asia Minor and Italy, and the entire Greek world observed a truce to allow athletes and spectators to make their way to Olympia safely....

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  • Archaeological site (II). Temple of...

    Altis is the sacred ground of Olympia, which consists of various buildings: the Temple of Hera (or Heraion), the Temple of Zeus, the Pelopion and the area of the altar, where the sacrifices were made. When we enter in the archaeological site, the Altis is on our left.The most important and impressive building is the Temple of Zeus, built between...

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  • Archaeological site (I)

    When you enter in the Archaeological site, the first building you find on the right is the Gymnasium, a place for training and also for socializing and engaging in intellectual pursuits. The building was rectangular, and four galleries in Doric rhythm surrounded a central court, called Pedion Areos. After the Gymnasium and connected with it is the...

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  • See Important Sculptures In the Lateral...

    There are many important other sculptures in the side galleries of the Archeological Museum. The Prominent among them is the old Archaic terra cotta of Zeus carrying off Gandymede. Even more famous in Gallery 7 is a late 5thC BC Nike by Paionios. The most famous sculptue is the Hermes carryjng the baby Dionysos done by Praxiteles. Another even...

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  • Pieces of the Metopes of the Temple

    Four of the metopes are well figured and several others are in smaller pieces. Several others fragments are at the Louvre.

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  • The West Pediment Has a Central Apollo

    The central statue of the west pediment is of Apollo. On either side are figures of centaurs fighting with the Lapiths.

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  • Museum East Pediment of Zeus Temple

    Across the way from the entry to the Ruins of Olympia is the latest Archeological Museum which was finished in 1982. In its central hall are installed the two pediments of the Temple of Zeus. The east pediment is centered by a giant figure of Zeus. To his right, stand King Oinomaos and his wife, and to his left are Pelos and Hippodameia. Lateral to...

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  • On the Olympic Track

    The original running track is once again cleared and marks out the 600 Olympic unit distance. The desire to run the length of the track entices every one to try to run it but some cannot. (See that my wife could still do it).

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Olympia Restaurants

  • Greak Snacks

    This is a nice outdoor cafe that is less formal with a slightly more limited menu than Aiyaio next door. The service is also faster, so this is a great option if you're in a hurry. Both the pizzas and sandwiches were great. The outdoor tables make this a nice spot for a Mythos as well!

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  • Great option!

    We were happy to find this restaurant open during the middle of the afternoon. Our group split between Aiyaio and Top's next door. The pizza at Aiyaio was amazing, but we hung in there for the souvlaki. One warning is that it takes a bit to grill the meet. Make sure that you have time to enjoy the outdoor tables and the atmosphere. The souvlaki...

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  • Go at your own risk

    This is a small tavern in a small "hotel" called "Hermes" in ancient Olympia.The food is ok, and the prices low but the portions are small the wine is pure vinegar and the behaviour of the son of "Barba Fotis" (meaning "Old Fotis"), very rude.He attacked me shouting and calliing me "unacceptable" because I deared to complaint about the very small...

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Olympia Nightlife

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Apr 14, 2008

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    While walking around night Olympia and taking a film about a place I suddenly saw a giant figure at the wall of the Church.

    Who was he? May be poor Oenomaos, King of Pissa and father of Hippodamia who pursued thirteen suitors of Hippodamia and killed them all after beating them in a chariot race and died during the race against Pelops?

    Or may be he was Pelops himself who deceived Oenomaos, married Hippodamia and killed Myrtilus who helped him removing the linchpins attaching the wheels to the chariot of Oenomaos? Don’t know.

    Or may be it was my own shadow? Decide for yourself!

    You may watch my 1 min 16 sec VIDEO-Clip Greece Olympia Evening walk out of my YouTube channel with pleasant Greel popular music.

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Olympia Transportation

  • No more trips by train

    All the suggestions about visiting Olympia by train are outdated. Since January 2011, there is no train operating from Athens to Pyrgos. The only way to visit Olympia is by inercity bus, taxi or the tours organised by the travel agents in Athens.

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  • How to get to Olympia

    The town has a train station and is the easternmost terminus of the line of Olympia-Pyrgos (Ilia). The train station with the freight yard to its west is located about 300 m east of the town centre.It is linked by GR-74, and the new road was opened in the 1980s; the next stretch N and NE of Olympia is open in 2005. Train: 5 times a day, 40 min, 1...

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  • Bus

    Olympia is a long but scenic bus ride from Athens (almost 6 hours) via Pyrgos, but there are many buses throughout the day. There are also several buses from Patras, which is not too far away.Most buses originating in western Peloponnisos will change at Pyrgos. You can also get there from the east through Tripoli, which is only a couple hours away....

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Olympia Shopping

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    by XKuger Written Mar 10, 2010

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    There are a number of wonderful shops right in town not far from the Olympic park where you can fine some very unique items as well as bargains.

    I bought a very authentic icon from one of the shops for a faily reasonable price with a certificate of authenticity. This was a lot less than Athens for the similar product.

    If you are visiting during off season please do not that even though the shops have a regular posted time on the doors, they are seldom honor those times or schedules. Life in this town is very slow and seems to largely depend on the arrival of cruise ships at the port of Peterus (I may not be spelling it right).

    When the cruise ships arrive the buses bring the shore excursion guest to Olympia and the town is all open, once the buses leave the town begin to shut down. I had this problem because I wanted to purchase some trinket on the last day and all shops were closed.

    What to buy: Many little shops that sell wonderful art items as well as jewellery for a reasonable price can be found. Also one can bargain depending on the amount of visitors in town.

    What to pay: About average and most definitly less than Athens.

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Olympia Warnings and Dangers

  • Fires in Olympia

    The area is hilly and mountainous; most of the area within Olympia is forested.In the end of August 2007 Forest fires raging across southern Greece were threatening the ancient ruins of Olympia.High temperatures and strong winds were attributed to the spread of more than 220 blazes across the country since August 24, 2007. Record temperature as...

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  • HANDS OFF!!!

    Don't touch ANYTHING or wander off and start climbing something you shouldn't. 1st of all, this stuff is ancient and is there for you to look at only.2nd of all, the guards walking through the site will be on you like white on rice, yelling and screaming until you back away from the precious item you just touched. After that, they will watch you...

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  • Heat

    When walking through the ancient site of Olympia, especially in the summer, it can get extremely hot. You will do lots of walking - it is not a small site. There is barely any shade, and it is necessary to bring plenty of water with you.

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Olympia What to Pack

  • by grkboiler Written Dec 8, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat because it will get hot and there isn't much shade at the ruins.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 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!

    Photo Equipment: Bring plenty of film!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sunscreen may be a good idea.

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Olympia Off The Beaten Path

  • Olympia in Moscow

    The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts has one of the most representative collections in Russia of foreign art dated from ancient times to modern days. You may see there wonderful masterpieces of Olympian Art: Statuettes of idols (clay), Head of Griffin, Fragments of feet of Tripod Vessel, Ring Handle of a Cauldron, Proteome of a Griffin, Statuette...

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  • Bassae

    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...

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  • Hlemoutsi castle

    At the western end of the Kyllini peninsula, between Loutra Killinis and Hlemoutsi stands on top of the Helonatas hill a huge Kastro (fortress). It is a Frank fortress that was built by a crusader, Geoffroy II de Villehardouin from 1220 o 1224 under the name of Château de Clermont. The Hlemoutsi fort is considered as the best kept of the many Frank...

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Olympia Sports & Outdoors

  • Race on the original track

    In the Stadium at ancient Olympia, you have to enjoy the experience and take advantage of the moment - line up on the track that was used by some of the greatest athletes of the ancient world and race someone. Many athletes in the ancient games competed naked, but please don't get too into the spirit. Keep the clothes ON. If you want to go...

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  • Olympic Frenzy???

    Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympics! It's everything a sports fan can ask!!! A good pair of shoes to try the Stadium track!!!

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  • Olympia Hotels

    21 Hotels in Olympia

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Olympia Favorites

  • Modern Olympia

    Modern town of Olympia is well suited to cater to the visitors with some very nice hotels, a lot of restaurants and tourist shops, and some nice beaches within a half hour drive. The straggling modern village of Olympia is bisected by its one main street, Leoforos Kondili. The town has the usual assortment of tourist shops selling jewelry,...

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  • “Ancient” Olympia

    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...

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  • Historical Olympia

    The site of the ancient sanctuary, long forgotten under landslips and flood siltation, was identified in 1766. The exact site was re-discovered by the English antiquarian Richard Chandler. The first excavation of the sanctuary at Olympia was not carried out until 1829, by the French "Expedition Scientifique de Moree". The expedition spent six...

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Leonidaion
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Metroon
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Crypt
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Temple of Zeus
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Palaestra
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Original Olympic Stadium
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Heras Alter-Light the olympic Flame!
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Column on Temple of Zeus in Ancient Olympia
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Heraion in Ancient Olympia
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Carved stone
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