Outdoor Activities in Ancient Olympia


Apart from the renowned archaeological site of Olympia and the numberless museums, visitors can attend a treasury of events, such as the Ancient Olympia Festival from July to August as well as the Alpheus Eco-festival during August. Nature lovers can explore the enchanting and astonishingly intact natural surroundings of the river Alpheus and the Nemouta waterfalls, enjoy a relaxing bath in the limpid, azure waters of the Kato Samiko tropical beach or unwind in the curative thermal springs of Kaiafas. For sports enthusiasts, there is an abundance of activities, such as rafting, kayak, cycling, trekking at Olympia’s hills or skiing on the slopes of Mt. Helmos (1.5 hour by car).

Don’t forget to visit the wide range of churches, monasteries, folklore museums and picturesque villages, castles, caves and historical monuments of the Greek War of Independence in 1821, swim in the pristine waters of the Ionian Sea, unwind in the miraculous thermal spas of the area and embark on a gastronomical journey tasting local specialties. Ancient Olympia is an excellent base for excursions to nearby destinations. It is only 33km from Katakolo port, 60 km from the Temple of Apollo Epicurius, 75km from Ancient Ilida and 60km from Chlemoutsi castle.
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