You disembark at this port to get to Olympia, where the original ancient Olympics were held. If you just want to see the town then don't bother with booking an excursion. If you are hoping to visit Olympia then you have the choice of ... Read More
You disembark at this port to get to Olympia, where the original ancient Olympics were held. If you just want to see the town then don't bother with booking an excursion. If you are hoping to visit Olympia then you have the choice of a ship excursion or a self-taxi ride.
We decided against the ship's excursion and took a private taxi. Make sure you are amongst the first to get ashore.....do this by getting to the disembarkation point early. There were several taxis waiting just outside the port gate and the charge seemed to be the same for all......around 100 euros for the taxi. If we had found another couple to share the taxi with us we would have halved our costs! Still, the ride to Olympia was fine with the driver pointing out points of interest along the way. If you have an interest in sport, the Olympics, ancient ruins then you won't be disappointed. You can download information from the Internet which takes you on a tour of the site, or you can pay up for a tour guide at the entrance to the site. As the son of an Olympian I was fascinated by the ruins & enjoyed the trip. But do wear comfortable shoes as there is a fair bit of walking. Also if in summer make sure you take drinking water with you, and if later in the year an umbrella or any other protection from possible rain.
The taxi was waited for us for around 2 to 2.5 hours & then took us back to Katakolon. The town itself is small with one main street lined with tourist shops selling soaps, jewellery, rugs, trinkets & the general run of souvenirs. There is a post office where you can buy stamps & send your mail. Interestingly the prices at the road end nearer the port are more expensive & at you continue up it to its end the prices get lower!
There are several cafes & restaurants where you can stop off for a meal / drink. Choose one on the road that faces the water as you will then have nice views of your ship & the fishing boats.
There is a small shop in the port area which has a selection of souvenirs, wines, etc. We found some excellent virgin olive oil at a very good price here. If you do purchase any liquids [wine, spirits, etc] or foods do put them in a carry bag etc otherwise there is a fair chance the security staff will retain them until the end of the cruise! Read Less