Ancient Olympia

In the western Peloponnese, in an idyllic and peaceful valley, between the hill of Kronio and the confluence of the rivers Alpheus and Kladeos, exists, in antiquity, one of the most important Greek cities: the city of Ancient Olympia. Over the years, in addition to sacred religious ceremonies, the established races also attracted the interest and participation of all Greeks. The Olympic Games were held every four years in honor of Zeus and only those who were Greeks were allowed to participate. The ancient Greeks identified the Olympics with the ideals of sportsmanship and peace. Using these exact ideals; the region of Olympia in Elis was declared a sacred and inviolable space. The army was banned from entering the territory and this was introduced to stop wars and hostilities during the games. Ancient Olympia today remains a place of paramount importance and a center of global concern as the birthplace of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Ideal.

Tourists can enjoy many activities and visit lots of attractions in the mythical valley of gods. Also on the main street of Olympia visitors can have a great shopping experience. In the market of Olympia, Visitors can find: Greek handmade souvenirs, gold and silver jewellery, leather, clothes, coffee shops, pharmacies, super markets, restaurants and banks.

Visit Ancient Olympia and allow your senses to explore, feel the awe of the Olympic spirit. Be profoundly affected by mythology and enjoy a unique and unparalleled experience. Become an Olympian.

Visit Olympia
1. Archaeological site of Ancient Olympia
2. Olympia’s archaeological museum
3. Museum of the history of Olympic Games of antiquity
4. Olympia conference and exhibition center (S.P.A.P)/ museum of the history of the excavations of Olympia
5. Coubertin Grove