A cultural journey in timeLand of Olympia
Ancient trails, historic monuments, Frankish castles, chapels and monasteries bear witness to the past.
Antiquity endowed it with a priceless gift, the sacred life of Ancient Olympia. The passing centuries have imbued every corner of Ilia with a rich historic and religious heritage. The sights in this part of Western Greece will take you to a higher spiritual plain, your pathway lit by the shining ideals of the ancient Olympics.
In the Museum of the History of Excavations in Olympia you will be able to connect the findings with the many digs that have taken place there over the years, while the museum of the History of the Olympic Games initiates the visitor into the essence of the games just as they were conducted in antiquity.
Interwoven with the events of the Olympic Games, ancient Ilida also shares in the glory of this institution. It was here that the Games were first organized in 776 BC. The archaeological site and the new Archaeological museum of Elida offer you an enlightening journey into its long history.
Today the intellectual life of the area is enhanced by the International Festival of Ancient Olympia, the International Film Festival of Olympia and the International Festival of Ancient Ilida.
The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology and Musical Instruments in Katakolo with the models of the inventions of the ancient Greeks and the new Archaeological Museum of Pyrgos further enrich your knowledge of the antiquity.