Wander in the emblematic sanctuary of Ancient Olympia and feel liκe champions
Nestled amidst lush landscapes on Kronio hill's slopes, Ancient Olympia unfolds as a sacred haven where Altis, a revered meadow, cradled ancient deity worship, primarily of Zeus. This historic sanctuary hosted the fabled Olympic Games from 776 BC, uniting Greek realms every four years in exhilarating contests. Traverse history through the Gymnasium, Palaestra, and Pheidias' workshop, where Zeus' gold and ivory statue took form. Enter Alti, dominated by the Temple of Zeus, and explore the Macedonian king Philip II's gift and the enduring Philippi dome.
Witness the Altar of Hera, igniting the quadrennial Olympic flame's global journey, and wander to the grand Stadium, once echoing with 45,000 fervent spectators. Just a brief walk away lies the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, home to captivating sculptures, including masterpieces from the Temple of Zeus. Immerse yourself in ancient Greek art's allure, greeted by the resplendent Victory of Panionios and the iconic Hermes of Praxitelis. Unveil layers of history at Ancient Olympia, where sporting legacies and divine grandeur converge.
Enjoy local cuisine
Fresh fish and seafood, accompanied by homemade appetizers are delicious, while for meat eaters, there are always some options on the grill. The chicken is especially loved in the Peloponnese, and you usually find it braised with noodles, fried, grilled and of course in the traditional bougana (baked with potatoes). For dessert do not hesitate to try sweets such as local olive jams and pastries.
Best time to visit Ancient Olympia
The archeological site of Olympia is open all year round, except on public holidays. Due to the very high number of visitors in the summer months, the most ideal period of time to visit it are the months of April and May, as well as the period from the end of September to the end of October.
How to use transportation in Ancient Olympia
Transfer from/to Olympia
You can travel to Olympia by car or by intercity buses.
Olympia is 289 km away from Athens and the car journey takes about 4 hours. The access to the area is done either through the national road Athens-Patras or from the new national road to Kyparissia-Pyrgos through Tripoli.
If you do not have your own car to visit Olympia and the surrounding area, you can alternatively use a taxi or rent a car.