The ideal destination
|L||Aldemar Olympian Village||+30 26210 82000||Olympia||Skafidia, 27100, Ilia|
|L||Amphitryon Hotel||+30 27520 70700||Nafplio||3-5 Spiliadou Str., 21100, Argolida|
|L||Arty Grand Hotel||+30 26240 26000||Olympia||Drouva, 27065, Ancient Olympia, Ilia|
|L||Grecotel Mandola Rosa Suites & Villas||+30 26230 64555||Kyllini||Kastro Ilias, 27050|
|L||Grecotel Riviera Olympia & Aqua Park Mega Resort||+30 26230 64400||Kyllini||P.O. Box 14, Loutra Kyllinis, 270 50, Ilia|
|A||Amalia Olympia||+30 26240 22190||Olympia||27065, Ilia|
|A||Europa Hotel Olympia||+30 26240 22650||Olympia||Ancient Olympia, 27065, Ilia|
|A||Kyllini Beach Resort Sports & Wellness||+30 26230 64000||Kyllini||Kastro Kyllini, 27050, Ilia|
|A||Olympia Palace Hotel||+30 26240 23101||Olympia||2 Praxitelous Condili Str., 27065, Ilia|
|A||Olympion Asty Hotel||+30 26240 23665||Olympia||Ancient Olympia, 27065, Ilia|
Welcome to Ilia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games with a long history dating back to the Palaeolithic Age. With archaeological sites under the UNESCO’s umbrella, castles and fortresses of historical significance and natural attractions, with hills, rivers, natural spas, beaches and lakes, visitors get a spectacular part of the world that is well worth the visit.
Best known for the site of Ancient Olympia, founding city of the Olympics and its spectacular nature, Ilia is a treasure trove of history and natural beauty, to satisfy every visitor. Other than its strong archaeological significance, numerous luxury hotels along its coastline to offer high end facilities, several options in terms of outdoor activities, countless wonderful beaches as well as ideal for therapeutic tourism, Ilia is a mini-paradise, and a wonderful choice for your holiday destination in the Peloponnese.
Sightseeing & Monuments
Ancient Olympia is by far one of the most popular sites in Greece, with thousands of visitors from all over the world, eager to see and admire the place where Olympic Games where born. From the ancient Olympic Games from 776BC to 393 AD to the modern ones from 1986 to day, the Olympic torch is relayed in Ancient Olympia to transfer the sacred fire to the host countries every four years. Strictly male participants were travelling from every part of the Ancient World to compete in these prestigious games, pursuing a victory in order to become lifetime legends, as the winning trophy was only an olive wreath. A walk around the archaeological site gives a thrilling picture of how the games used to run. The Prytanio where the winners we awarded, the Philippeion gymnasium, the Nymphaion bath houses, the social quarters for the Athletes, Palaestra, the Vouleftirio where the athletes gave the Olympic oath, Leonidaeo serving as a hostel for the accommodation of official persons as well as the temple of Zeus are all well worth visiting sites. Finally a visit at the arena gives a good feeling for the extraordinary abilities of the historic athletes. Right next to the site, the Archaeological Museum of Olympia hosts significant finds only some of which being, the stone head of Hera, the statue of Hermes – work of Praxitelis, Niki of Paeonios, the helmet of Miltiades, sculptured works of pediments and metopes of the temple of Zeus, vessels, clay and copper configurations, as well as the unique in the world stamps collection regarding the Olympic games, photographs and artifacts.
Only a few kilometers from Kilini, is the Castle of Chlemoutsi as the strongest fortress of the Frankish principate of Achaia. This strategic location had the advantage of securing the control of the passage inland and ensuring the overall defence of the province. Primarily used as a residence and a jail, the Castle is a fine example of thirteenth-century Frankish fortified architecture, being surrounded by a moat, having a bridge covered by a barrel vault as its entrance and an elaborate system for rainwater collection from rooftops to large underground cisterns. By the end of the Frankish domination, Chlemoutsi was used by Greeks, Venetians and Turkish until the Greek War of Independence.
Things To Do
Useful Telephone Numbers
Pyrgos Police: +30 26210 81731
Pyrgos Tourist Police: +30 26210 37111
Amaliada Hospital: +30 26220 22222
Ancient Olympia Museum: +30 26240 23753, 26240 22529