Attractions In Ilia

Explore The Attractions Of Ilia
Acropolis of Ancient Samia (Kato Samiko)
Peloponnese / Ilia

Near the ancient city of Trifilia, founded south of Olympia on the valley of Alfios river, lies the acropolis of Ancient Samia or Samiko in what is known today as Kato Samiko.

Agia Sofia of Andravida
Peloponnese / Ilia

This is a very old structure that lies partly in ruins. More Frankish rather than Byzantine, it is now a place where concerts are sometimes held outside. It is very atypical of other churches in the region and quite impressive.

Amaliada Folk Art Museum
Peloponnese / Ilia

Housed in a historic neoclassical building, the museum highlights local folk art, as well as manufacturing items both from Greece and abroad, used in the late 19th century. This is a true trip in time.

Ancient Alifeira
Peloponnese / Ilia

Alifeira is situated on the top of a steep hill over the modern village of Alifeira. This hill is also known as the Nerovitsa Castle. It was occupied by Philip in 229 BC and then became a member of the Achaic commonwealth. Today there is evidence of walls surrounding the citadel, with the foundations of the temple of Athina from the 5th century BC. A sanctuary lies in the northern part of the temple and a 14-step entrance lies in the front part. Another temple on the western side, that of Asklipies, was also discovered, dating from the second half of the 4th century BC. Six tombstones also grace the site, with one having a temple-like facade and a pediment.

Ancient Figaleia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Once a very powerful city, Figaleia was surrounded by a thick wall and with circular and rectangular towers which are still in evidence today and in relatively good condition. Roman travel writer Pausanias mentioned the existence of priests at the Temple of Artemis, writing about Dionysus Evroinomis, a gymnasium and agora, as well as statues of Hermes and of Olympic champion, Arachiona. The latter was found in the ancient agora of the town.

Ancient Ilida
Peloponnese / Ilia

Ilida was the capital of the prefecture Ilia and organized the Olympic Games. There are some excavations and buildings from Greek and Roman times. These include a the theatre, gymnasium, Gallery of Corfu or double arcade and the Meridian Gallery with a triple aisle. Evidence of a square-shaped building with an interior courtyard can also be found.

Ancient Lepreo
Peloponnese / Ilia

Built in a strategic position, Ancient Lepreo was a powerful city that strategically controlled all passages to Ilia, Messinia and Arcadia. This city would have frequent conflicts with the Ilians who were their main rivals.

Ancient Platiana (Tipanai or Aipi)
Peloponnese / Ilia

The ruins of the ancient town (Tipanai or Aipi), occupied the hill of mount Lapitha on the southern part of the village Platiana, near Olympia. It is situated inland, some 17km from the Kiparissian bay.

Ancient Skilloundia (Trifilia)
Peloponnese / Ilia

The city of Trifilia is 3.5 km south of Olympia, where excavations revealed a settlement from the mid-Hellenistic period. The Ilians destroyed the twon in 572 BC and the Spartans dominated it around 400 BC before surrendering it to Xenophon. The latter established the temple of Artemis who protected hunting.

Archaeological Museum of Olympia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Olympia boasts a sophisticated new museum containing some very old pieces indeed. Press the Read More link to discover its riches…

Bassae (Vasses)
Peloponnese / Ilia

Another almost equally important ancient site in Greece is Bassae, where the Temple of Apollo Epicurus (Epikourios) lies. The temple is relatively well preserved but in danger of disintegrating due to the unstable ground underneath, which is why it is kept under a huge tent to protect it while under restoration. It was designed by Iktinos, the same architect who designed the Parthenon, and completed in 420 BC. The temple was dedicated to Apollo after he was considered to have saved the inhabitants of the area from an epidemic. Built at an altitude of 1131 meters, he temple is considered a great example of one that glorified the three styles of architecture during that era (Doric, Ionic, Corinthian).

Brintziki Estate
Peloponnese / Ilia

Close to Ancient Olympia at the village of Lantzoi, the Brintziki Estate offers organic wines, guided tours and wine tasting. The Enpeas, Roze Brintziki and Estate Britziki (aged in oak barrels for a year) come highly recommended.

Byzantine bath of Valanio
Peloponnese / Ilia

There are ruins of a byzantine bath located in Fragoklisia, beside the banks of a small stream. The remains are hauntingly strange, today overgrown with foliage.

Chlemoutsi Castle
Peloponnese / Ilia

Considered one of the best preserved castles within the Peloponnese, the Chlemoutsi Castle (also known as the Clermont or Tomese castle) was built sometime around 1220.

Epitalio
Peloponnese / Ilia

Here are some good examples of roman baths with subterranean waterworks and a ceramic furnace. There’s also a large public building (use unkown) as well as foundations of homes dating from the Hellenistic and Roman years. A much older Mycenaean home was also exquivated on the plain of Agoulinitsa, while Mycenaean tombs were discovered at the mouth of the Alfeios river.

Folklore Museum of Andritsena
Peloponnese / Ilia

Discover some 4000 objects and artefacts related to the life on the mountains around Olympia. From tools used for traditional crafts to heirlooms and manuscripts, learn about recent history in these parts, including wars.

Historical Museum of the Ancient Olympic Games
Peloponnese / Ilia

This museum exhibits pieces mainly from the sacred temple of Dios in Olympia. The most important ones are gold seal-rings depicting the Olympic Games, bronze and terracotta geometric warriors and much more. Among the museum’s collection are chariot idols from Olympia symbolizing the harness racing, objects used by the athletes or related to the Games. Also important are the inscriptions on the bases of the statues of athletes, the stone and bronze signs, the bronze statuettes of athletes as well as the pottery with drawings of the athletes during the Games.

Iardanos Tomb
Peloponnese / Ilia

Found in an area called Klidi, the tomb was unearthed in 1954 and it contained 16 graves, with many important artefacts that were moved to the museum in Olympia. The tomb belongs to the legendary hero Iardanos (according to the description by Stravonas). Near the tomb there are the ruins of the altar dedicated to Samios Poseidon.

Kakovatos
Peloponnese / Ilia

The area of Kakovatos is an important Mycenaean site where chamber tombs and fortified settlements were excavated, northeast of today’s village of Kakovatos.

Kapeli Plateau & Oak Forest
Peloponnese / Ilia

A very unique feature in the Balkans, the plateau of Kapeli features tall oaks among daffodils and ferns. The oak plateau, known also as Ilia’s balcony, also contains chestnut trees, plane trees and different subspecies of oak, Erica, cystisus, walnut trees, and fruit-bearing trees. Sadly, the greater area has undergone significant deforestation. The area is ideal for horseback riding and cycling. It is also an important bird area in Greece, affirming its high environmental characteristics.

Kotychi & Strofylia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Kotychi–Strofylia lies in Western Peloponnese, shared between the prefectures of Ilia and Achaia. It is a magnificent place for nature, fauna and flaura with many unique characteristics.

Kyllini Lighthouse
Peloponnese / Ilia

The island of Kaukalida is the only uninhabited settlement. The island is rocky and has Kyllini’s lighthouse (20-30 meters tall). It is accessed by a tiny port holding one or two boats and is not used for cars from the port of Kyllini. Interestingly, about 100,000 years ago the island was connected with the mainland.

Lasion
Peloponnese / Ilia

This is the most significant city of the mountainous region in Ilia which borders with Arcadia and Achaia. It was located in the Kapelis plateau surrounded by particular plants called foloi. The foloi were named after the Centaur Folos who lived in the forest. Today the plateau is covered with a dense acorn forest and it is considered one the most beautiful in Greece. Traces of walls have been found near the village of Koumani at Kouti (Palaiokastro). The entire area is dotted with ruins and fragments with inscriptions. During Frankish rule it is believed that a tower was built on top of the ancient city.

Mazi
Peloponnese / Ilia

Mazi is located close to the current village Skilloundia, some 6 km from Krestena.

Mercouri Estate, Korakochori, Katakolo
Peloponnese / Ilia

Christos and Vasilis Kanellakoupolos, 4th generation of the Mercouri family, winemaking at the estate and upgraded the old winery facilities. Amazing traditional buildings and good wines will greet you.

Monastery of Agia Eleoussa, near Lygia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Its name means the Begging Saint: Eleoussa asks for protection for the region’s residents who were subjected frequently to wars and challenges. Today, only parts of the tower and the church have remained.

Monastery of Ano Divri
Peloponnese / Ilia

Tucked behind pine trees above the village by the same name, this monastery was built in 1667 and is home to amazing murals and an underground school that played a role in the revolution for independence.

Monastery of Eisodiotissa, near Pyrgos
Peloponnese / Ilia

In the village of Agios Ioannis outside Pirgos lies a monastery whose church is represented by a small cave, as established in the 15the century. The monastery hosts the Faculty of Hagiogrphy and Byzantine Music.

Monastery of Fragopidima
Peloponnese / Ilia

When a Frenchman jumped with his horse some 280 meters above sea level in trying to escape from the Ottomans and survived, this was a divine sign to build the Monastery. Fragopidima means Frankish Leap, and the Monastery is allied to Saint Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos) who protected the Frank. The monastery is a short picturesque drive from Pyrgos.

Monastery of Frangavilla
Peloponnese / Ilia

Constructed sometime in the 11th century, this is a well-known monastery near Amaliada. Its name hints at connections to the Franks. Cypress and other trees surround the monastery giving it a very natural and peaceful presence.

Monastery of Kato Divri
Peloponnese / Ilia

This is one of the most prominent monasteries in the whole country, set at the entrance of a picturesque village with the same name. The church was built in the 18th century with amazing murals, as well as a well-admired wooden icon screen.

Monastery of Kremasti
Peloponnese / Ilia

Almost hanging from the side of a mountain, this monastery offers an amazing view that should not be missed. The complex history of this church goes back some 800 years. You can access the monastery from the villages of Lanthi or Lampeti.

Monastery of Poretso
Peloponnese / Ilia

Built on a rocky hill among the wild trees of a forest, this castle-like monastery features a stone channel to collect water and cells built close to each other in true castle style. The small chapel on the left is quite interesting.

Monastery of Sepeto
Peloponnese / Ilia

This is an 11th century church on a steep rock over the Tritona river. The name may come from respect or it may be of Czech origin (‘sopot’ for waterfall). Get there from Andritsaina or from Olympia (more complex but beautiful road).

Monastery of Vlaherna
Peloponnese / Ilia

This monastery near Kilini, built around the 12th or 13th century and related directly to Constantinople, features artistic as well as architectural elements from east and west. Its frescoes are of particular beauty.

Monastery of Zoodohos Pigi
Peloponnese / Ilia

Constructed recently, this monastery’s claim to fame is its amazing murals and beautiful location overlooking Kyparissia and the port of Katakolo. It is only 2 kilometres from Epitalio.

Museum of the History of Excavations, Olympia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Travel through the different excavations to learn how history is unearthed. Get to know the excavation teams throughout the years through photographs, designs, engravings, etc. Excavations, tools and techniques explained!

Museum of the Olympic Games
Peloponnese / Ilia

In an attractive building near the site of Olympia, the Museum of the Olympic Games houses memorabilia and objects related to the Olympics from ancient to modern times. These include postage stamps that commemorate the games.

Mycenaean tombs at Agia Triada
Peloponnese / Ilia

In a mountainous and inaccessible northeast side of Ilia between Panopoulo and Agia Triada lies an elongated graveyard with dozens of Mycenaean tombs.

Olympia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Only 10 kilometres from Pyrgos, Olympia stands as one of the most important sites of Greece, where the first Olympics came into being and thereafter became a legend in this part of the world.

Pholoe Environmental Museum, Loutsa, Koumani
Peloponnese / Ilia

This wooden museum unveils the nature, history and culture of Ilia, as well as the oak forest of Pholoe, including its natural wealth, fauna, birds and flowers. It also explores the area’s mythology, eco-tourism and fire protection.

Pontikokastro
Peloponnese / Ilia

Near Katakolo in the municipality of Pyrgos there are remains of castle today called Pontikokastro (meaning Mouse Castle), built by the Villhardouins hundreds of years ago.

Pyrgos Municipal Market
Peloponnese / Ilia

In the most impressive building in Ilia’s capital, this museum used to be the city’s main market yet now houses different archaeological collections as well as art exhibitions. If you’re passing through Pyrgos, this is a must see!

Skafidia Monastery, near Pyrgos
Peloponnese / Ilia

In Skafidia there is a venerable monastery with the same name complete with a tower from Venetian times dating from 1686. Not far is the Monastery of Frankavilla from Frankish times and that of Agios Nikolaos of the Frankopidima.

Stavropoulos Estate, Palaiochori, Gastouni
Peloponnese / Ilia

Here’s a state-of-the-art winery that respects tradition and uses organic grapes. It launched the Elis white wine in 1998, followed by the white Linon in 2004 and the Tessera multi-variety wine.

Theisoa (Lavda), near Andritsena
Peloponnese / Ilia

Located in a mountainous region east of Anditsaina the village of Theisoa was called in ancient times Lavda. Ruins of houses are found in the area, with parts of temples along with some inscriptions. The town’s acropolis is located on the northwest part of today’s community, surrounded by a strong wall. The Dutch Archeological Institute has excavated a part of a cemetery. The tombs portray an idiosyncratic style regarding the alignment of the corpses and funeral gifts.

Tower of Ibrahim Pasha, Kato Samiko
Peloponnese / Ilia

In Kato Samiko there are remains of an Ottoman tower built by Ibrahim Pasha in 1826.

Trani Vrysi, Andritsena
Peloponnese / Ilia

The town of Andritsena is a landmark in itself and well worth visiting, a quite haven with traditional hotels and coffee shops. At the centre of the village lies the main square, where the Great Fountain (Trani Vrysi) can be found. Still going strong, the double arched fountain was build in 1724 and is the oldest on record in the Peloponnese.

Virgin Mary Catholic Church of Gastouni
Peloponnese / Ilia

Although currently a Catholic church, this is considered a Byzantine masterpiece built in 920 AD, although the engraved cross-shaped pillar and semi-hexagonal arch date from the 12th century. Frankish elements were added in the 14the century, with murals from the different eras as well. The Byzantine icon of the Holy Mother is noteworthy, so is the stunning throne.

Acropolis of Ancient Samia (Kato Samiko)
Peloponnese / Ilia

Near the ancient city of Trifilia, founded south of Olympia on the valley of Alfios river, lies the acropolis of Ancient Samia or Samiko in what is known today as Kato Samiko.

Ancient Alifeira
Peloponnese / Ilia

Alifeira is situated on the top of a steep hill over the modern village of Alifeira. This hill is also known as the Nerovitsa Castle. It was occupied by Philip in 229 BC and then became a member of the Achaic commonwealth. Today there is evidence of walls surrounding the citadel, with the foundations of the temple of Athina from the 5th century BC. A sanctuary lies in the northern part of the temple and a 14-step entrance lies in the front part. Another temple on the western side, that of Asklipies, was also discovered, dating from the second half of the 4th century BC. Six tombstones also grace the site, with one having a temple-like facade and a pediment.

Ancient Figaleia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Once a very powerful city, Figaleia was surrounded by a thick wall and with circular and rectangular towers which are still in evidence today and in relatively good condition. Roman travel writer Pausanias mentioned the existence of priests at the Temple of Artemis, writing about Dionysus Evroinomis, a gymnasium and agora, as well as statues of Hermes and of Olympic champion, Arachiona. The latter was found in the ancient agora of the town.

Ancient Ilida
Peloponnese / Ilia

Ilida was the capital of the prefecture Ilia and organized the Olympic Games. There are some excavations and buildings from Greek and Roman times. These include a the theatre, gymnasium, Gallery of Corfu or double arcade and the Meridian Gallery with a triple aisle. Evidence of a square-shaped building with an interior courtyard can also be found.

Ancient Lepreo
Peloponnese / Ilia

Built in a strategic position, Ancient Lepreo was a powerful city that strategically controlled all passages to Ilia, Messinia and Arcadia. This city would have frequent conflicts with the Ilians who were their main rivals.

Ancient Platiana (Tipanai or Aipi)
Peloponnese / Ilia

The ruins of the ancient town (Tipanai or Aipi), occupied the hill of mount Lapitha on the southern part of the village Platiana, near Olympia. It is situated inland, some 17km from the Kiparissian bay.

Ancient Skilloundia (Trifilia)
Peloponnese / Ilia

The city of Trifilia is 3.5 km south of Olympia, where excavations revealed a settlement from the mid-Hellenistic period. The Ilians destroyed the twon in 572 BC and the Spartans dominated it around 400 BC before surrendering it to Xenophon. The latter established the temple of Artemis who protected hunting.

Archaeological Museum of Olympia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Olympia boasts a sophisticated new museum containing some very old pieces indeed. Press the Read More link to discover its riches…

Bassae (Vasses)
Peloponnese / Ilia

Another almost equally important ancient site in Greece is Bassae, where the Temple of Apollo Epicurus (Epikourios) lies. The temple is relatively well preserved but in danger of disintegrating due to the unstable ground underneath, which is why it is kept under a huge tent to protect it while under restoration. It was designed by Iktinos, the same architect who designed the Parthenon, and completed in 420 BC. The temple was dedicated to Apollo after he was considered to have saved the inhabitants of the area from an epidemic. Built at an altitude of 1131 meters, he temple is considered a great example of one that glorified the three styles of architecture during that era (Doric, Ionic, Corinthian).

Epitalio
Peloponnese / Ilia

Here are some good examples of roman baths with subterranean waterworks and a ceramic furnace. There’s also a large public building (use unkown) as well as foundations of homes dating from the Hellenistic and Roman years. A much older Mycenaean home was also exquivated on the plain of Agoulinitsa, while Mycenaean tombs were discovered at the mouth of the Alfeios river.

Iardanos Tomb
Peloponnese / Ilia

Found in an area called Klidi, the tomb was unearthed in 1954 and it contained 16 graves, with many important artefacts that were moved to the museum in Olympia. The tomb belongs to the legendary hero Iardanos (according to the description by Stravonas). Near the tomb there are the ruins of the altar dedicated to Samios Poseidon.

Kakovatos
Peloponnese / Ilia

The area of Kakovatos is an important Mycenaean site where chamber tombs and fortified settlements were excavated, northeast of today’s village of Kakovatos.

Lasion
Peloponnese / Ilia

This is the most significant city of the mountainous region in Ilia which borders with Arcadia and Achaia. It was located in the Kapelis plateau surrounded by particular plants called foloi. The foloi were named after the Centaur Folos who lived in the forest. Today the plateau is covered with a dense acorn forest and it is considered one the most beautiful in Greece. Traces of walls have been found near the village of Koumani at Kouti (Palaiokastro). The entire area is dotted with ruins and fragments with inscriptions. During Frankish rule it is believed that a tower was built on top of the ancient city.

Mazi
Peloponnese / Ilia

Mazi is located close to the current village Skilloundia, some 6 km from Krestena.

Museum of the History of Excavations, Olympia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Travel through the different excavations to learn how history is unearthed. Get to know the excavation teams throughout the years through photographs, designs, engravings, etc. Excavations, tools and techniques explained!

Mycenaean tombs at Agia Triada
Peloponnese / Ilia

In a mountainous and inaccessible northeast side of Ilia between Panopoulo and Agia Triada lies an elongated graveyard with dozens of Mycenaean tombs.

Olympia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Only 10 kilometres from Pyrgos, Olympia stands as one of the most important sites of Greece, where the first Olympics came into being and thereafter became a legend in this part of the world.

Pyrgos Municipal Market
Peloponnese / Ilia

In the most impressive building in Ilia’s capital, this museum used to be the city’s main market yet now houses different archaeological collections as well as art exhibitions. If you’re passing through Pyrgos, this is a must see!

Theisoa (Lavda), near Andritsena
Peloponnese / Ilia

Located in a mountainous region east of Anditsaina the village of Theisoa was called in ancient times Lavda. Ruins of houses are found in the area, with parts of temples along with some inscriptions. The town’s acropolis is located on the northwest part of today’s community, surrounded by a strong wall. The Dutch Archeological Institute has excavated a part of a cemetery. The tombs portray an idiosyncratic style regarding the alignment of the corpses and funeral gifts.

Chlemoutsi Castle
Peloponnese / Ilia

Considered one of the best preserved castles within the Peloponnese, the Chlemoutsi Castle (also known as the Clermont or Tomese castle) was built sometime around 1220.

Pontikokastro
Peloponnese / Ilia

Near Katakolo in the municipality of Pyrgos there are remains of castle today called Pontikokastro (meaning Mouse Castle), built by the Villhardouins hundreds of years ago.

Tower of Ibrahim Pasha, Kato Samiko
Peloponnese / Ilia

In Kato Samiko there are remains of an Ottoman tower built by Ibrahim Pasha in 1826.

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Agia Sofia of Andravida
Peloponnese / Ilia

This is a very old structure that lies partly in ruins. More Frankish rather than Byzantine, it is now a place where concerts are sometimes held outside. It is very atypical of other churches in the region and quite impressive.

Monastery of Agia Eleoussa, near Lygia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Its name means the Begging Saint: Eleoussa asks for protection for the region’s residents who were subjected frequently to wars and challenges. Today, only parts of the tower and the church have remained.

Monastery of Ano Divri
Peloponnese / Ilia

Tucked behind pine trees above the village by the same name, this monastery was built in 1667 and is home to amazing murals and an underground school that played a role in the revolution for independence.

Monastery of Eisodiotissa, near Pyrgos
Peloponnese / Ilia

In the village of Agios Ioannis outside Pirgos lies a monastery whose church is represented by a small cave, as established in the 15the century. The monastery hosts the Faculty of Hagiogrphy and Byzantine Music.

Monastery of Fragopidima
Peloponnese / Ilia

When a Frenchman jumped with his horse some 280 meters above sea level in trying to escape from the Ottomans and survived, this was a divine sign to build the Monastery. Fragopidima means Frankish Leap, and the Monastery is allied to Saint Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos) who protected the Frank. The monastery is a short picturesque drive from Pyrgos.

Monastery of Frangavilla
Peloponnese / Ilia

Constructed sometime in the 11th century, this is a well-known monastery near Amaliada. Its name hints at connections to the Franks. Cypress and other trees surround the monastery giving it a very natural and peaceful presence.

Monastery of Kato Divri
Peloponnese / Ilia

This is one of the most prominent monasteries in the whole country, set at the entrance of a picturesque village with the same name. The church was built in the 18th century with amazing murals, as well as a well-admired wooden icon screen.

Monastery of Kremasti
Peloponnese / Ilia

Almost hanging from the side of a mountain, this monastery offers an amazing view that should not be missed. The complex history of this church goes back some 800 years. You can access the monastery from the villages of Lanthi or Lampeti.

Monastery of Poretso
Peloponnese / Ilia

Built on a rocky hill among the wild trees of a forest, this castle-like monastery features a stone channel to collect water and cells built close to each other in true castle style. The small chapel on the left is quite interesting.

Monastery of Sepeto
Peloponnese / Ilia

This is an 11th century church on a steep rock over the Tritona river. The name may come from respect or it may be of Czech origin (‘sopot’ for waterfall). Get there from Andritsaina or from Olympia (more complex but beautiful road).

Monastery of Vlaherna
Peloponnese / Ilia

This monastery near Kilini, built around the 12th or 13th century and related directly to Constantinople, features artistic as well as architectural elements from east and west. Its frescoes are of particular beauty.

Monastery of Zoodohos Pigi
Peloponnese / Ilia

Constructed recently, this monastery’s claim to fame is its amazing murals and beautiful location overlooking Kyparissia and the port of Katakolo. It is only 2 kilometres from Epitalio.

Skafidia Monastery, near Pyrgos
Peloponnese / Ilia

In Skafidia there is a venerable monastery with the same name complete with a tower from Venetian times dating from 1686. Not far is the Monastery of Frankavilla from Frankish times and that of Agios Nikolaos of the Frankopidima.

Virgin Mary Catholic Church of Gastouni
Peloponnese / Ilia

Although currently a Catholic church, this is considered a Byzantine masterpiece built in 920 AD, although the engraved cross-shaped pillar and semi-hexagonal arch date from the 12th century. Frankish elements were added in the 14the century, with murals from the different eras as well. The Byzantine icon of the Holy Mother is noteworthy, so is the stunning throne.

Byzantine bath of Valanio
Peloponnese / Ilia

There are ruins of a byzantine bath located in Fragoklisia, beside the banks of a small stream. The remains are hauntingly strange, today overgrown with foliage.

Kyllini Lighthouse
Peloponnese / Ilia

The island of Kaukalida is the only uninhabited settlement. The island is rocky and has Kyllini’s lighthouse (20-30 meters tall). It is accessed by a tiny port holding one or two boats and is not used for cars from the port of Kyllini. Interestingly, about 100,000 years ago the island was connected with the mainland.

Tower of Ibrahim Pasha, Kato Samiko
Peloponnese / Ilia

In Kato Samiko there are remains of an Ottoman tower built by Ibrahim Pasha in 1826.

Trani Vrysi, Andritsena
Peloponnese / Ilia

The town of Andritsena is a landmark in itself and well worth visiting, a quite haven with traditional hotels and coffee shops. At the centre of the village lies the main square, where the Great Fountain (Trani Vrysi) can be found. Still going strong, the double arched fountain was build in 1724 and is the oldest on record in the Peloponnese.

Amaliada Folk Art Museum
Peloponnese / Ilia

Housed in a historic neoclassical building, the museum highlights local folk art, as well as manufacturing items both from Greece and abroad, used in the late 19th century. This is a true trip in time.

Archaeological Museum of Olympia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Olympia boasts a sophisticated new museum containing some very old pieces indeed. Press the Read More link to discover its riches…

Folklore Museum of Andritsena
Peloponnese / Ilia

Discover some 4000 objects and artefacts related to the life on the mountains around Olympia. From tools used for traditional crafts to heirlooms and manuscripts, learn about recent history in these parts, including wars.

Historical Museum of the Ancient Olympic Games
Peloponnese / Ilia

This museum exhibits pieces mainly from the sacred temple of Dios in Olympia. The most important ones are gold seal-rings depicting the Olympic Games, bronze and terracotta geometric warriors and much more. Among the museum’s collection are chariot idols from Olympia symbolizing the harness racing, objects used by the athletes or related to the Games. Also important are the inscriptions on the bases of the statues of athletes, the stone and bronze signs, the bronze statuettes of athletes as well as the pottery with drawings of the athletes during the Games.

Museum of the History of Excavations, Olympia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Travel through the different excavations to learn how history is unearthed. Get to know the excavation teams throughout the years through photographs, designs, engravings, etc. Excavations, tools and techniques explained!

Museum of the Olympic Games
Peloponnese / Ilia

In an attractive building near the site of Olympia, the Museum of the Olympic Games houses memorabilia and objects related to the Olympics from ancient to modern times. These include postage stamps that commemorate the games.

Pholoe Environmental Museum, Loutsa, Koumani
Peloponnese / Ilia

This wooden museum unveils the nature, history and culture of Ilia, as well as the oak forest of Pholoe, including its natural wealth, fauna, birds and flowers. It also explores the area’s mythology, eco-tourism and fire protection.

Pyrgos Municipal Market
Peloponnese / Ilia

In the most impressive building in Ilia’s capital, this museum used to be the city’s main market yet now houses different archaeological collections as well as art exhibitions. If you’re passing through Pyrgos, this is a must see!

Kapeli Plateau & Oak Forest
Peloponnese / Ilia

A very unique feature in the Balkans, the plateau of Kapeli features tall oaks among daffodils and ferns. The oak plateau, known also as Ilia’s balcony, also contains chestnut trees, plane trees and different subspecies of oak, Erica, cystisus, walnut trees, and fruit-bearing trees. Sadly, the greater area has undergone significant deforestation. The area is ideal for horseback riding and cycling. It is also an important bird area in Greece, affirming its high environmental characteristics.

Kotychi & Strofylia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Kotychi–Strofylia lies in Western Peloponnese, shared between the prefectures of Ilia and Achaia. It is a magnificent place for nature, fauna and flaura with many unique characteristics.

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Agia Sofia of Andravida
Peloponnese / Ilia

This is a very old structure that lies partly in ruins. More Frankish rather than Byzantine, it is now a place where concerts are sometimes held outside. It is very atypical of other churches in the region and quite impressive.

Ancient Figaleia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Once a very powerful city, Figaleia was surrounded by a thick wall and with circular and rectangular towers which are still in evidence today and in relatively good condition. Roman travel writer Pausanias mentioned the existence of priests at the Temple of Artemis, writing about Dionysus Evroinomis, a gymnasium and agora, as well as statues of Hermes and of Olympic champion, Arachiona. The latter was found in the ancient agora of the town.

Archaeological Museum of Olympia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Olympia boasts a sophisticated new museum containing some very old pieces indeed. Press the Read More link to discover its riches…

Chlemoutsi Castle
Peloponnese / Ilia

Considered one of the best preserved castles within the Peloponnese, the Chlemoutsi Castle (also known as the Clermont or Tomese castle) was built sometime around 1220.

Historical Museum of the Ancient Olympic Games
Peloponnese / Ilia

This museum exhibits pieces mainly from the sacred temple of Dios in Olympia. The most important ones are gold seal-rings depicting the Olympic Games, bronze and terracotta geometric warriors and much more. Among the museum’s collection are chariot idols from Olympia symbolizing the harness racing, objects used by the athletes or related to the Games. Also important are the inscriptions on the bases of the statues of athletes, the stone and bronze signs, the bronze statuettes of athletes as well as the pottery with drawings of the athletes during the Games.

Kotychi & Strofylia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Kotychi–Strofylia lies in Western Peloponnese, shared between the prefectures of Ilia and Achaia. It is a magnificent place for nature, fauna and flaura with many unique characteristics.

Kyllini Lighthouse
Peloponnese / Ilia

The island of Kaukalida is the only uninhabited settlement. The island is rocky and has Kyllini’s lighthouse (20-30 meters tall). It is accessed by a tiny port holding one or two boats and is not used for cars from the port of Kyllini. Interestingly, about 100,000 years ago the island was connected with the mainland.

Monastery of Frangavilla
Peloponnese / Ilia

Constructed sometime in the 11th century, this is a well-known monastery near Amaliada. Its name hints at connections to the Franks. Cypress and other trees surround the monastery giving it a very natural and peaceful presence.

Olympia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Only 10 kilometres from Pyrgos, Olympia stands as one of the most important sites of Greece, where the first Olympics came into being and thereafter became a legend in this part of the world.

Pholoe Environmental Museum, Loutsa, Koumani
Peloponnese / Ilia

This wooden museum unveils the nature, history and culture of Ilia, as well as the oak forest of Pholoe, including its natural wealth, fauna, birds and flowers. It also explores the area’s mythology, eco-tourism and fire protection.

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Brintziki Estate
Peloponnese / Ilia

Close to Ancient Olympia at the village of Lantzoi, the Brintziki Estate offers organic wines, guided tours and wine tasting. The Enpeas, Roze Brintziki and Estate Britziki (aged in oak barrels for a year) come highly recommended.

Mercouri Estate, Korakochori, Katakolo
Peloponnese / Ilia

Christos and Vasilis Kanellakoupolos, 4th generation of the Mercouri family, winemaking at the estate and upgraded the old winery facilities. Amazing traditional buildings and good wines will greet you.

Stavropoulos Estate, Palaiochori, Gastouni
Peloponnese / Ilia

Here’s a state-of-the-art winery that respects tradition and uses organic grapes. It launched the Elis white wine in 1998, followed by the white Linon in 2004 and the Tessera multi-variety wine.