Another overnight sail (more of a motor actually) and we arrived in Kalokato, gateway to Olympia. This port town can receive up to about 10,000 visitors via cruise ship on any given day, thankfully there were none in for our overnight visit. This left us in a quiet town set up for the crowds. The cruisers however, turned up as we left early the next day.
The downside of no cruiseships is there were no trains or direct buses running, but we got lucky and hopped on a local bus to the next town and then nabbed a taxi.
Olympia is situated inland in a lovely lush valley fed by two rivers. It is a beautiful site, we were pretty happy with ourselves getting there at 9am, despite our convoluted route and it was still only 28 degrees. This valley can apparently get pretty hot.
The ancient Greeks would travel to Olympia every four years to worship, with a bit of athletics on the side. The temple of Zeus is one of the biggest and one it's columns was restored for the Athens Olympics 2004.
We had to have a run in the stadium, slightly small by modern standards.
Camille and Sam had a bit of a wrestle in the wrestling school, no one received an injury but it was touch and go.
There is a fantastic museum on site (it's by now in the mid 30's so the fact that it's air conditioned gives it extra points).
There were some amazing marble statues, some beautiful handmade glass and even some stirrups.
But our favorites were the helmets, cast onto the head of the warrior for a superior fit and...
.. and the bronze figurines of ox that were thrown in the sacrificial alter on day four of the games along with 100 real oxen.
Back in Katakalo we have lunch at a large, but almost empty restaurant.. a great finish to a fantastic trip! It has been a lot of sailing, but it is great to be back in Greece.
We're an ordinary family of 5 dreaming, planning and now beginning our adventure around the Mediterranean (and further afield), having an awesome time! Look out for our boat and come and say hi.