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Katakolon, Greece

Whether you're into sports, history, art, or just relaxing by the sea, the charming village of Katakolon in Greece is a good place to start. From here it's just a quick trip to famed Olympia, birthplace of the ancient Olympics and erstwhile home to a Wonder of the Ancient World. Or, if you're looking to do as the locals do – take a seat at one of the town's seaside cafés and order a cool drink and some local mezes (Greek snacks).

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Katakolon, Greece

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

A short drive north of Katakolon you'll find the city of Olympia – where the Ancient Greeks honoured the god Zeus with athletic contests called the Olympics. Today you'll find the remarkable ruins of many significant buildings, including the gymnasium, the guesthouse, a workshop and the stadium itself.

Other Fun Things To Do

  • While in Olympia, explore the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, which once held one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – a magnificent 40-foot gold and ivory statue of Zeus.
  • Back in Katakolon, make sure you visit the local galleries and shops on the main street for traditional Greek crafts and works by local artists.
  • Kick back and relax under the umbrellas or awnings of the local cafés. You'll find fresh seafood and local favourites on the menus - and everything tastes better with a beautiful view of the deep blue Ionian Sea.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

The best part about eating abroad is trying new things. With so many fresh, sun-soaked ingredients available in Greece, it's hard to go wrong with anything on the menu. Just make sure you use your manners: pa-ra-ka-lo = please, ev-har-ee-sto = thank you.

Local Currency

Greece's official currency is the euro (EUR). Credit cards and traveller's cheques are also widely accepted. When shopping, remember there is a value-added tax added on to most purchases.

Weather in Katakolon, Greece


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 57.2° 14°
Average Low 43° 6.11°
Mean Temperature 50° 10°
Record High N/A N/A
Record Low N/A N/A
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 3.7 in 9.4 cm

    Before You Visit

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