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Katakolon

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Katakolon is a seaside town about twelve kilometers away from the capital Pyrgos, in the Peloponnese region. It is a small fishing village which, following the construction of a modern cruise port, is the destination of an important tourist influx also thanks to its proximity to the city of Olympia.
Over time it has been able to preserve the typical appearance of a Greek village without distorting its origins. The colors of the sea and the mountains are the ones that will give the first taste of this area in combination with the low vegetation that covers it. For many it is just a starting point for visiting the surroundings but the beaches of Katakolon are a marvel to leave you speechless. The short distance from Olympia means that the past, and also the present, of Katakolon is deeply intertwined with it.
Olympia is the city, of which the legends tell, that Zeus chose to promote his cult. Olympia is also the city that gave its name to the most important sporting event in the world. Today it is an archaeological site of great importance.

What to see & what to do

Beaches

Agios Andreas Beach

Not far from the center of Katakolon and surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape is the beach of Agios Andrea. The beach is made of sand and rock and the crystal clear sea that bathes it is full of fish that you can observe. This is also an absolutely family-friendly beach as you can rent sun beds and umbrellas.

Kourouta Beach

Kourouta beach is absolutely one of the most visited in the Katakolon area. Over 16 kilometers long, reddish sand and deep blue sea. The area is surrounded by a beautiful pine forest where you can find some rest from the sun. It is located about 25 km from the center of Katakolon and can be reached by both public transport and rental.

Plakes Beach

Plakes beach, also called Reneta, is located about 200 meters from the port of Katakolon. It is a small pebble beach washed by a crystalline sea and where the water is practically always shallow and warm. It is perfect for families with small children also thanks to the bathing facilities present. Also for snorkelers it is an ideal place given the clean and peaceful seabed.

Snorkelling

Agios Andreas Beach

Not far from the center of Katakolon and surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape is the beach of Agios Andrea. The beach is made of sand and rock and the crystal clear sea that bathes it is full of fish that you can observe. This is also an absolutely family-friendly beach as you can rent sun beds and umbrellas.

Plakes Beach

Plakes beach, also called Reneta, is located about 200 meters from the port of Katakolon. It is a small pebble beach washed by a crystalline sea and where the water is practically always shallow and warm. It is perfect for families with small children also thanks to the bathing facilities present. Also for snorkelers it is an ideal place given the clean and peaceful seabed.

History & Culture

Agios Nicolaos Church

This small Orthodox church is carved into the rock and looks just like you would expect it to be a typical greek building. The walls are a bright pure white color and the roof is surrounded by blue decorations that recall precisely the color of the sea. At the entrance if recently was celebrated some function will feel quite natural incense.

Museum of Ancient Greek Technology

The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology is located in the town of Katakolon, one of its few but interesting attractions. The museum contains more than 200 reconstructions of mechanisms and inventions of the ancient Greeks. The visit can be free or guided and conducted directly by the curator of the museum.

Olimpia and Archaelogical Museum

Olympia is a small town about a 30 minute transfer from the port of Katakolon. The main attraction is the archaeological site which preserves the remains of the stadium where the games began and the Temple of Zeus which was once the home of the Chryselephantine statue, one of the seven wonders of the world. The city was abandoned around the sixth century due to fires and earthquakes that occurred in that area at that time. The discovery of Olympia dates back to around the end of the 1700s, while the most important excavations, those that brought to light the finds that we can admire today, took place very recently. In addition to the stadium and the Temple of Zeus you can see the temple of Hera, the workshop of Phidias, a famous sculpture of ancient Greece, the baths and the Gymnsaium. Nearby there is also the Archaeological Museum, which contains all the sculptural finds that have been found.

Pontikokastro Castle

The Pontikokastro Castle is one of the oldest Byzantine fortresses in Greece. It is located in the northern part of Ichthys Bay, opposite that of Katakolon, just over two kilometers from the port. Over the years it has been disputed by different populations such as the Ottomans and the Venetians. The wall belt is rectangular in shape with a tower in the northwestern corner and a cistern in the central part of the castle. It is definitely an attraction to visit once you have passed through Katakolon.

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If you are looking for amazing views of the Mediterranean and outstanding Greek food then look no further than the island of Olympia (Katakolon Port). This was our second to last port on our cruise. The town itself consisted of a single main road sprawling with local shops geared at tourists.The waterfront was lined with cafes and bars which had stunning views. We shopped, ate and had a splash about in the water.
The site of the first ever Olympic Games was 1.5 hours away by bus. We opted out of this one as we didn’t feel up to a full day in the heat as well as 3 hours travel time with the kids. We had heard there was very little left to see at the site, but perhaps this was a missed opportunity. We had a lovely day nonetheless. Has anyone else ever visited? This was the one port I did very little prior research on for some reason.

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Weather

Dry season

Dry season

From December to April, mostly sunny and fresh. The best period to sail in Caribbean. Having a flat territory and being exposed to the trade winds, Aruba is always windy and with comfortable temperatures.

87°F 70°F

Wet season

Wet season

From May to November, warmer season with more frequent rains. From July till September Hurricanes are not usually a problem for Aruba, which remain out of their track.

90°F 77°F

Good to know

 

  1. Clothing Casual summer wear can be worn during the day any time of the year; but be sure to bring a jacket or sweater for cooler evenings from December to March.
  2. Water Shoes Bring them if you go to swim or snorkel. Some of the water can be rocky after you walk from the beach.
  3. Sundries For convenience and cost concerns, bring your own everyday health and beauty products with you.
  4. Port Regulation Be aware that often in port it's forbidden to take off the ship fruits, vegetables and unsealed food items for local agricolture concern.
  5. Currency The official currency is the Mexican Peso, but the U.S. dollar is widely accepted throughout the island.
  6. Credit Card concern Pay attention using credit cards in Cozumel. Here several episodes of cloning happened. Use cash as much as possible.
  7. Time Zone EST (Eastern Standard Time) UTC/GMT -5 hours. No DST changes during the year. Make sure to keep the ship's time on your clock to come back board on time. Be aware of automatic changes of your smartphones.

Terminal

The Katakolon cruise terminal is very close to the center, about 10 minutes on foot. The cruise port has the ability to handle larger ships in a dedicated dock. The terminal building is 2-storey and has administrative and security facilities. There is also a duty free shop at the pier.

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Transport

The small size of Katakolon recommends that it be explored only on foot. To move to neighboring areas it is possible to rent a car directly in the docking port, possibly booking it in advance directly from the ship or join the guided excursions provided by the cruise company.

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