Lakes, mountains, forests and pristine seas. This is what Ilia was known for before recent forest fires (many suspect arsonists) in 2007 ravaged the area. Luckily Olympia and the ruins were spared, although the fire came very close. Now, there are efforts to replant the trees and protect the environment, encouraging green development and tourism as well. The Gulf of Kyparissia and the countryside of Ilia are stunning. There are dedicated hiking paths around Olympia and ancient Elis as well as around the Erymanthus and Kladeus rivers. Also important are the oak forest of Pholoe-Kapeli, the waterfalls of Figalia and lake Kaiafa.