Ogling Olympia


Olympia 1

Olympia

Olympia is just over 25 miles (41 kilometers) from Katakalon.  Make sure you bypass the taxi drivers hounding you as you first pass through the port security gate.  They want a ridiculous €80 (about $112 U.S.), and for that price you get just one hour at the site.

Olympia

Olympia

You’ll need almost two hours just to visit the ruins, and that’s not even stepping into the museum.  So, how do you get there for less (a lot less) and get the time you want?  By bus.  Geo Travel is located just past the parking lot outside the cruise ship wharf.  This outfit will transport you to Olympia in a comfortable and air conditioned Mercedes Benz tourist bus, give you 2 ½ hours or more onsite, bring you back to town, and they’ll do all that for just €20 ($28 U.S.).

Olympia 3

Olympia

Entry to the archaeological site is €6 ($8.40 U.S) per person.  Make that €9 ($12.60) if you want to add a visit to the museum in the same package, but you won’t really have time for that.  That’s especially true if you want to quench your thirst before climbing back onto the bus for the return trip.

An Olympic Goddess

An Olympic Goddess

One of the sights you’ll see as you traverse this incredible site is the arched gateway to the Olympic field.

Gateway to the Stadium

Gateway to the Stadium

Beyond that gateway is the stadium where the games took place and the marble line that designated the starting point for many of the races.

Starting Line

Starting Line

Below is a gallery of other wonders awaiting you at Olympia.  Click on any image to bring up the slideshow.

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