Archaeological Site of Olympia, Olympia

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Live the spirit of the Olympic Games at Archaeological Site of Olympia, the birthplace of the world's most popular sporting event. The site of the first Games, held in honor of Zeus, took place in this spot in 776 BCE. Remains of food and burnt offerings unearthed in the area show evidence of a long history of religious activity at the site, dating back to a period long before the first Games. The ancient sanctuary contains the ruins of temples dedicated to Zeus and Hera, an altar area made for sacrifices, and an alleged tomb of Pelops, a figure in Greek mythology. To see where the ancient world's top athletes trained and competed, take a guided walk around the ruins. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Archaeological Site of Olympia by using our Olympia route maker.
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  • Accessible from the village car park and fairly level walking on clearly laid out paths, this site has lots to see. The highlights are the very sizeable stone remains of Zeus' palace and the... 
    Accessible from the village car park and fairly level walking on clearly laid out paths, this site has lots to see. The highlights are the very sizeable stone remains of Zeus' palace and the...  more »
  • We drove our rental car over 1 hour from the Temple of Apollo, fighting the hilly, twisting, connecting roads with many hair pins and small villages to this 1989 UNESCO site. On approach, we were... 
    We drove our rental car over 1 hour from the Temple of Apollo, fighting the hilly, twisting, connecting roads with many hair pins and small villages to this 1989 UNESCO site. On approach, we were...  more »
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  • Amazing. Olympia during the last week of the year was mot crowded. The temperature was perfect, no crowds and all the sites to visit calmly and at your pace. The temple of Zeus and the surrounding complex is breathtaking. Good restaurants around. Very nice town, clean and organized. We loved the trip to Greece!!
  • Fantastic place but difficult to get to. We went on an organised coach trip ( many years ago!) Unfortunately, the tour guide was too keen to get us to a local restaurant so the fantastic museum visit was cut short. If I go again I would drive and allow much more time for the museum. Prepare for it to be extremely hot.

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