Katakolon is the small, sleepy port town located on the western coast of the Peloponnese peninsula, which has undergone an extensive and very pleasing makeover over the last decade.
Situated on a headland overlooking the Ionian Sea, the Greek seaside town is the gateway to the UNESCO-listed World Heritage site of Ancient Olympia.[ReadMoreMob] Founded in the 8th century BC, Olympia hosted the original Olympic Games and its extensive, must-see ruins include athletic training areas, a stadium and temples dedicated to the gods Hera and Zeus.
The town of Kataolon itself offers the fascinating lighthouse built in 1865, the intriguing Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, and the sunken, ancient city of Pheia, which is within walking distance of the port. The Worldwide Mythology Exhibition Park was established in 2017 in Katakolo Square, where mythical monsters Minotaurs and Centaurs can be found in a labyrinth.
Ancient Olympia and the Olympic Games
The original Olympic Games were first held in Olympia in 776BCE, starting a tradition which would endure until 393CE and ultimately be reborn. Aside from the stadium itself, the sanctuary of Zeus nearby represents the largest temple in the Peoloponnese.
Cruises to Katakolon
Corinth Canal and Greek Islands • M22CC
- Sail through the narrowing cliffs of Greece’s remarkable Corinth Canal
- Uncover the captivating sights and sites of Greek islands
- Immerse yourself in the Mediterranean magic of stunning cities in Spain
Black Sea Discovery & Mediterranean Adventure • L2222
- Visiting five stunning cities in five different countries
- Take the chance to visit wine valleys in Russia
- You’ll also experience the best of the Mediterranean
Corinth Canal & Ancient Greece • M2212
- Sail the extremely narrow Corinth Canal
- Discover the archaeological site of Olympia
- Explore the Acropolis & Parthenon in Athens