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Katakolon, Greece

Whether you're into sports, history, art, or just lounging by the sea, the charming village of Katakolon, Greece, is a good place to start. From here it's just a quick trip to famed Olympia, birthplace of the ancient Olympics and one-time home to a Wonder of the Ancient World. Or, if you're looking to do like the locals do - grab 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 honored 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, be sure to 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 favorites on the menus - and everything tastes better with a beautiful view of the deep blue Ionian Sea.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor

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

Local Currency

As part of the European Union, Greece's official currency is the Euro (EUR). Credit cards and traveler's checks are also widely accepted. When shopping, remember there is a value-added tax tacked 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 Centimeters
Average Precip. 3.7 in 9.4 cm

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