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Peloponnese Places of interest



The archaeological site of the ancient Olympia –which was buried under the mud of the nearby riverbed, up to 1766, when it was recovered- was not thoroughly searched until the origins of the 19th century, when the German archaeologist Ernst Curtius started the excavations. Thus came to back to light a great number of treasures, including the exquisite statue of Hermes that was placed in the Temple of Hera. Your “pilgrimage” in the ancient Greek history can start from the Olympic Games Museum, where you can learn a lot about the history of the Games and the way in which they were conducted in ancient times. A new-built but beautiful pedestrian street leads from the Museum to the archaeological site. Among the many astonishing exhibits of the new Archaeological Museum, you will have the opportunity to admire the statue of Hermes sculptured by Praxiteles and the “Nike” of Paionios, as well as the numerous and beautiful bronze ornaments and items of the temple that used to be boxed up and packed in the limited spaces of the old establishments.


Moving east, towards Olympia, you will meet the river Alfios, from where you will continue the course towards Lala and the high plateau of Foloi (or Pholoi), on Mt. Erymanthos. The vast forest of Foloi is a fabulous place, famous for the myths and legends that are connected with it in local legend. This is the site of the kingdom of Pholus –son of Silenos and the nymph Melia- the kind and virtuous Centaur that gave shelter to Hercules, when he was hunting the Erymanthian Bore. It is considered the oldest European self planted beech and oak forest and the biggest of the Balkans. It spreads for almost 33.000 square meters, on Mt. Foloi, at 688 m altitude, while the rivers Erymanthos and Ladon create a unique and enchanting environment. The area is recognized as protected parkland by the NATURA 2000 network.



The monastery is located near Kyllini in a sensational landscape that strikes the visitor with its simplicity. It was built during the 12th century and the origins of its name derive from the famous Monastery of Vlacherna in Constantinople, to which it was dependant. However, time and disasters have destroyed important records of the monastery, a fact that provokes a dispute about the details of its establishment. The temple of the monastery is a blend of western as well as eastern architectural elements.


River Neda is one of the few rivers of Greece that still offer an environment so virgin and untouched by human activity. Besides, it is –maybe- the only Greek river that has been given a female name, in honour of the nymph Neda, a deity of the waters. Neda, according to the Greek Mythology, had bathed the infant Zeus in the river Gortynios (Lousios), together with the nymphs Theisoa and Agno. The river crosses a narrow canyon of unimaginable beauty, creating an almost mystical landscape, with waterfalls and natural pools spread between wooded hill slopes, under the shade of huge plane-trees, oaks, fig-trees and thick bushy vegetation.


Almost hidden in a wild and imposing landscape, on a narrow terrace of Mt. Kotilion, at 3710 ft., 14 km southwest of Andritsena, is the magnificent temple of Apollo Epicurus. At this site called Bassae during ancient times, in the 7th B.C. century, the citizens of the small state of Figaleia (ArcadiaPeloponnese) had established the temple of Apollo, whom they worshiped with the title “Epicurus” – helper and deliverer in sickness or war. The title was given during the war with the Spartans, around 650 B.C. The temple is considered one of the best preserved classic monuments all over Greece, together with the temple of Ifestos in the ancient Agora of Athens, and easily takes the first place in the Peloponnese, for the beauty and harmony of its structure.



P.O. BOX 14, GR-27050
Loutra Kyllinis,
Peloponnese, Greece
Tel: +30 26230 64400
Central Reserv. Office:
+30 210 7280433



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