Katakolon is the gateway to Olympia, the area where the first Olympic Games was held in honour of the Greek god Zeus. This small Greek town has a population that is just over 600 people and it is located on western Ilia in Pyrgos. The town overlooks the Ionian Sea, as it is located on a peninsula. It has a lighthouse in the southwest that was opened in 1865 and it is the perfect place to relax for a weekend of exploring mythology and history, or for simply relaxing on the beach.
The town is also the stop of many cruise lines, as visitors to Greece wish to see Olympia and the ruins of the sanctuary, the athletic quadrangles, stadium temples, and treasuries before moving on to visit the Archaeological Museum that holds Archaic, Classical and Roman sculptures taken from the area. This museum is the home of the famed Nike Winged Victory. If you have the time, taking the guided tour of Ancient Olympia and the Olympia Museum is well worthwhile.