The Olympia Coast winds along the west of mainland Greece. It’s a completely unspoiled corner of the country, defined by deep valleys, soaring mountain ranges and fields of cypress trees. Even the beaches are largely undeveloped – hotels in the main resorts, like Killini and Lakkopetra, line up behind quiet crescents of sand that melt into the Ionian Sea.
The Olympic Coast is often talked about as being the mythical heart of Greece. The landscape is scattered with castles and temples that inspire animated tales of nymphs and maidens. Most notably, the Olympia Coast is home to the ancient site of Olympia, where the Mo Farrahs of ancient Greece competed to honour Zeus, ruler of all the Gods.
It’s easy to spend a day or two island-hopping here. A 3-hour ferry ride will get you to Zante, renowned for its loggerhead turtles and lively nightlife. Plus, you can tick Greece’s capital off your list – it’s less than a 3 hour drive to Athens from here.