Katakolon (Olympia)

Situated on a headland overlooking the Ionian Sea, Katakolon is a charming coastal town, which today is a sleepy enclave. Part of the Peloponnese region of Greece, it is separated from the mainland by the Gulf of Corinth. However, it’s conveniently close to Olympia which, thousands of years ago, was one of the most important cities of classical Greece. Pilgrims from across the classical Greek world came to visit and worship at the Sanctuary of Zeus, but it also saw spectators come to visit the Olympic Games, held every four years between the 8th century BC and the 4th century AD. From Katakolon, you can also visit the sunken city of ancient Pheia, on the other side of the mountain of Ichthys (now Agios Andreas), within walking distance of the port. Katakolon’s modern port is overlooked by the hilltop remains of the medieval Pontikokastro/Beauvoi castle, and the area boasts some lovely nearby beaches.