The cruise port of Katakolon is very small. Larger cruise ships will anchor and you come ashore by tender boat at the docking pier in the harbor. Smaller cruise ships can dock at the pier Ayos Andreas at walking distance from the center. Most cruise ships dock here with the main purpose of a trip to Olympia.
Katakolon is a popular port of call during a cruise holiday to Greece. Katakolon is often called "the door to Olympia". This small port is conveniently located along the Eastern Mediterranean en is especially popular because of the shore excursions to Olympia.
The Katakolon cruise terminal is just in front of the port area. The port authority 2-storey building provides administration and security services.
Language in Katakolon
The language in Katakolon is Greek, but on touristic spots you can also use English.
Currency in Katakolon
The currency in Katakolon is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along the city.
Opening times in Katakolon
Opening times differ a lot around Greece, but generally are as follows:
Monday to Friday
from 9.00h - 13.30h
and 17.30h - 20.30h
Saturday from 9.00h to 15.00h
On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions
Olympia archaeological site
The Archaeological site in Olympia is one of the most important sanctuaries of Greece. Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games.The first Olympic Games were held in honour of Zeus.
Olympia archaeological museum
The Archaeological museum in Olympia is one of the largest museums of Greece. It was opened in 1982 and designed by Patroklos Karantinos. In the museum you can find collections from prehistoric, Archaic, Classical periods, bronze statues and artifacts of the classical Olympics
Olympia old stadium
Stadium in Olympia where the original Olympic Games took place . It's 200 meters long and 34 meters wide and it has place for 20,000 spectators
Katakolon is so small you can easily visit it on foot.
Compared with the nearby Olympia, Katakolon seams of almost no interest. Many cruise passengers ignore this small town for a shore excursion to the birthplace of the Olympic Games. However if you have some extra time on your return it's worth to stroll along the small marina.
Katakolon has a Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and wet mild winters. The average annual temperature in summer is between 28°C and 32°C and in winter is between 5°C and 9°C
You can discover Katakolon and Olympia on your own, book a shore excursion through the cruise line company or book a shore excursion from our local partners. We offer shore excursions at local prices straight from the local companies.
Excursions in Olympia
Excursions in Katakolon
The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to Katakolon: