Katakolon Travel Guide

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  • Katakolon
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Katakolon Things to Do

  • Katakolon

    Last year I was in Katakolon and my favorit restaurant there was the Bistrot Cafe because to is so good for a view over the port and all the ships are going in and out. Calamari and Retisna, my family is laughing about my favorit lunchcombination, but I'm loving it !

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  • Vacation in Katakolo

    Last year I was in Katakolon and my favorit restaurant there was the Bistrot Cafe because to is so good for a view over the port and all the ships are going in and out. Calamari and Retisna, my family is laughing about my favorit lunchcombination, but I'm loving it !

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  • Sea front

    The sea front of Katakolon. Several restaurants have lined up their tables along the boulevard, blue table cloth and blue sea are combined with soft pink coloured facades. But no visitors when we were there, perhaps we picked the wrong time of the day. A little further along the boulevard, we also came across this abandoned playground.

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  • The port of Katakolo

    The port of Katakolo is totally oversized for such a small village but of course such a pier makes sense for cruise-passengers and big cruiseships like the Cunard Queen Victoria, that took me to Katakolon in August 2015. The local spelling b.t.w. is Katakolo. It was not easy to get into port with this giant ship and it was even much harder to get...

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  • Agios Nikolaos church

    Agios Nikolaos church is the only "sight" of Katakolo / Katakolon. The church was recently renovated and looks great, but unfortunately it is normally locked during the day, so all you can do there is walk around on the terrace and maybe take a look at your cruiseship from above.The church was named after Agios Nikolaos, the well-known bishop of...

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  • the port of Katakolo

    The main attraction of Katakolo is the harbor itself, this little town with one main road actually was founded because of the port at the end of 19th century. It was back then when Katakolo was connected with Pyrgos (capital town of Ileia prefecture) with a railway line. It doesn’t seem important now but back then (1878) this was the first railway...

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  • Agios Nikolaos church

    Facing the central square just over the main road Agios Nikolaos church is a nice renovated church, probably another donation from the famous local shipowner Giannis Latsis (1910-2003) to his hometown. Unfortunately the front door was locked so we couldn’t check the interior. It’s dedicated to Agios Nikolaos, a greek bishop of Myra and historic...

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  • the square near the port

    The service at the café was so slow that I got up to take some pictures at the square next to the pier. Agios Nikolaos church lies at the background but I wanted to check the statue I noticed earlier on the square. It’s a bust of Milton Iatridis (1906-1960), captain of Papanikolis submarine during WWII, a famous submarine here that I've heard about...

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  • Museum of Ancient Greek Musical...

    On the main road just opposite the main square is a unique small museum that houses the Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments and Toys! It was supposed to be opened 14.00-16.00 but no one ever came (we tried twice). According to numerous sources Kostas Kotsanas after research (through ancient greek books and vase paintings!) he designed and...

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Katakolon Restaurants

  • On the beach

    Beach bar Kastro, Agios Andreas. Impressed by the size of this bar and the tropical decorations. We also liked the colourful umbrellas. Wonderful view of blue sea, rocky beach and the well-known holiday island Zakynthos in the distance. Wine and fresh orange juice (6 euro).

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  • My friend the wind

    Good view from hill top. Two cups of Nescafé here, for which we paid 5 euro. This place, on a hill top, is named after the strong, dry north winds of the Aegean Sea. That's why I named this tip My Friend the Wind after the song by Demis Roussos. On our way up, we encountered one dog that seemed nasty, but turned out to be quite friendly after all...

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  • Café Bar Azzuro

    This is a nice café bar where you can have your coffee with sea view, the sun was up so we had a table outside but during the winter you may like the interior (there’s even a fireplace).We had Nescafe (3e) but we also tried a waffle with praline (3,5e) which was tasty but big and sweet (of course) so we shared. Unfortunately there is very slow...

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Katakolon Transportation

  • the tourist fun - train of Katakolon

    I did not see this train in action, but I saw it parked opposite of the church of Agios Nikolaios when we returned from Olympia. And on the link below you will also find more infos about that street-train.This fun-train will take you for a journey and a guided tour of 30 minutes with some spectacular view of the valley and there are 2 stops where...

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  • by train to Olympia ? - rather not !

    Going from Katakolon to Olympia might be possible, but you have to change trains at least one time in Pyrgos and trains in Greece might also not always be reliable enough to take you back to the ship in time.I also did not see any train-station closeby the village of Katakolon, nor closeby the excarvation-aerea in Olympia !The picture I am showing...

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  • the port-shuttle-bus

    The distance from the ship to to beginning of the village is just about 400 meters and still they offered a shuttle-bus for our cruise-passengers. In a way that was nice and certainly apprechiated by elderly and handicapped people, but for all of the others it was no big deal to walk that short distance, especially as the bus did not go very often,...

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