Olympia (Katakolon)


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Olympia (Katakolon), Greece

This quaint little seaside town on the Ionian Sea is the gateway to Ancient Olympia, where Greek mythology was born and the first Olympiad was held. You may still be able to hear the distant echoes of the ancient Greeks cheering as you tour the ruins of one of the most important and exciting sanctuaries of antiquity. Explore more of Katakolon on a Greek Isles cruise!


  • Port Name & Location
    Katakolon, Greece Port
    Ship will DOCK at this port.
  • Time Zone
    EET (Eastern European Time)
    UTC/GMT +2 hours
  • Language
    The local language is Greek. Say "do you speak English?" in Greek: "milte anglik?"
  • Currency & Shopping
    European Currency (EUR)
    European brand-names, clothing, shoes and native crafts.
    • Best Way to Get Around
      Organized Shore Excursions for wine tasting, museum and sightseeing. Walking distance from pier to downtown is only 5 minutes. Private tours and taxis are also available.
    • Famous For
      In classic times, Olympia was the site of the Olympic Games. The modern city of Olympia is a collection of tourist shops, cafes, restaurants and a Historical Museum.
    • Fun Fact #1
      Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games and Zeus' sacred place.
    • Fun Fact #2
      During the Olympic games, all of Greece was under a truce which meant there could be no wars, battles or use of capital punishment.


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