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There is something magical about Olympia, an aura that manages to enchant even the most cynical visitor. The ancient games took place here for over 1,000 years; in fact, for the Greeks, history began with the first Olympic games—everything before...
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You don’t necessarily come to Greece expecting to see medieval castles, but in truth they scatter the landscape almost more profusely than classical ruins. The country was once known as the home of the most chivalrous knights in Europe, and they...
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Occupying a stunning piece of coastline, this unique lake has an ecosystem that includes a large number of migratory and nonmigratory birds, fish and wildlife. Those who know their Bible will recognize the lake's name as that of one of the...
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If Olympia has one fault, it is that it can sometimes seem overwhelmed by its crowds of admirers. At the ruins of Elis, once famous for administering the games themselves, you are likely to be able to explore on your own. Elis is little known...
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This remote temple, high in the mountains of the Peloponnese, has perhaps the most dramatic setting of any classical ruin. Nowadays, the temple itself is protected by a weatherproof tent—an engineering marvel in itself, as it has to endure the...
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Epar.Od. Pirgou-Katakolon, Katakolo 270 67, Greece
This wonderful little museum near Katakolon's train station celebrates the ancient Greek talent for invention and engineering. This is often forgotten in light of their other talents for art and philosophy, but many ingenious and sometimes...
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Stemnitsa, Στεμνίτσα - Ορεινή Αρκαδία, Stemnitsa 220 24, Greece
The region of Arcadia above Olympia is known for its beautiful mountain villages, and this is one of the most charming. Its stone houses and narrow streets are home to a folk art museum, charming tavernas and shops that sell the wonderful local...
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Pyrgos Ilias 271 00, Greece
The wineries of Greece were poorly regarded for many years, but this is changing fast, and the Peloponnese has led this turnaround. This local winery is well-renowned and has been producing quality wines since the mid 19th-century. It is a working...
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Epar.Od. Pirgou-Katakolon, Katakolo 270 67, Greece
This local Katakolon museum, an adjunct to the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, is well worth a visit, celebrating another often overlooked area of classical Greek culture. The exhibits contain many fascinating instruments that chart the...