A visit to Ancient Olympia is much more than ticking off another UNESCO site in the Peloponnese. Firstly and like many of the other ancient sites the location is full of natural beauty with something magical in the air, and secondly, enough of the temples and structures of the site remain to let ones imagination realize its former glory & at the same time to gain an understanding of the day to day workings and events that took place.
What to see At the foot of Mt Kronos in the valley of the Alpheios river lies the large Archeological site of Olympia. Origin of the Olympic games dedicated to Zeus you will find his temple along with the workshop of Phidias the great sculpture who fashioned the statue of Zeuz & one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. You will see the buildings the athletes from all over the ancient world came to learn & train in and the remains of the original tunnel & stadium through which they emerged to complete with the marble starting blocks of the running events for a real ‘in the footsteps‘ sensation. Along with the many other buildings the on site museum is home to the many important pieces from the site, temple decorations & recreations.
Tips Take a guide! Even if you’ve read up on Olympia there’s nothing like having an expert beside you to bring things to life. The small pieces you will pass by easily in the museum as well as the sets of sculptures that adorned the Temple of Zeus have amazing stories to tell & really add to your experience.
Dont miss The indoor SPA pool in the five star Arty Grand Hotel we stay at. We know its not historical but its so relaxing for mind & body & never too crowded.