Weather in September 2011 in Katakolon

3 Oct

Weather in September 2011 in Katakolon has been relatively warm, with mild winds. Continue reading

Cruise ships arriving to Katakolon port in December 2011

1 Oct

Cruise ships arriving to Katakolon port in December 2011 are of course much less than the previous months, however, it should be denoted that even these few cruise ships are valuable for the tourist traffic in Katakolon, since most of them are large and luxurious cruise ships carrying thousands of passengers. Continue reading

Cruise ships arriving to Katakolon port in November 2011

29 Sep

Cruise ships arriving to Katakolon Port in November 2011 are expected to continue boosting the local economy. Continue reading

Great revenues for Katakolon from cruises

21 Sep

Although Greece is going through a terrible financial turmoil, it seems that Katakolon is getting great revenues from cruises this year.

It has been already stated that Katakolon has become the second busiest port of call for cruise ships in Greece after Santorini, and practice shows that indeed the cruises have seriously supported Greek tourism this year. Continue reading

Luxurious cruise ships meet at Katakolon

21 Sep

Two of the most luxurious cruise ships of the world met at Katakolon port these days.

The Nieuw Amsterdam and the Noordam of Holland America met at the port on July 24 and one of the passengers took some pictures of the “elegant” meeting.

Nieuw Amsterdam and Noordam are among the largest and most luxurious cruise ships that sail the Mediterranean this season, carrying more than 2000 passengers each. The two ships are on 7 and 10 days cruises in the Mediterranean.

cruise ships at Katakolon

Cruise Ships at Katakolon - photo by passenger John S.

Caretta-Caretta sea turtles at Katakolon

21 Sep

A surprising birth at Katakolon was the news of the week for the thousands of tourists and locals of the area.

It is known that Katakolon beaches are sandy and hospitable for sea turtles, but a few days ago those who were close to Sykia beach at Katakolon saw tens of small sea turtles of the caretta-caretta species popping out of the sand and walking fastly towards… the village! Continue reading

Weather in August 2011 in Katakolon

20 Sep

Weather in Katakolon in August 2011 was warm and dry. The temperatures were quite high but somewhat lower compared to the temperatures in August 2010. The average high was 30C, but there was no  rain at all this month.  Continue reading

Cruise ships arriving to Katakolon port in October 2011

12 Aug

Cruise ships arriving to Katakolon Port in October 2011 are once more expected to be plenty, bringing thousands of tourists to the Ionian coast of Greece.

The tourists arriving to Katakolo in October will have the chance to see the western parts of the Peloponnese peninsula in cooler, but very friendly and mild weather.

After all, October is a high season month for cruises in Greece and the Mediterranean, since it is not that hot, seas are quite calm and the overall conditions favor the excursions to Olympia or close to Katakolon. Continue reading

Businessmen from Zante move to Katakolon

7 Aug

The tourist development of Katakolon and the hundreds of thousands of tourists that arrive to Katakolon port during the tourist season 2011, along with the expectations for an even better season in 2012 has urged many businessmen from the island of Zante (Zakynthos) to move to Katakolon. Continue reading

Cruise ships arriving to Katakolon port in September 2011

5 Aug

September is expected to be a very busy month for the Katakolon port, since numerous cruise ships are calling there.

More than 3 large cruise ships, of at least 2,000 passengers each, will be mooring or anchoring at Katakolon every day in September 2011. Increasingly more ships from the largest cruise companies of the world choose the port of Katakolon as one of their destinations in the Mediterranean. Continue reading

Cruise ships arriving to Katakolon port in August 2011

4 Aug

Although August is a month of slower tourist traffic for cruise ships in Greece, it seems that Katakolon port is maintaining the great rhythm it has been showing since the beginning of this tourist season.

Not only will it be receiving numerous cruise ships with thousands of tourists, but it will be the port of call for some of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world, such as the Queen Victoria and the Costa Favolosa.

Here is the list of cruise ships arriving in August 2011 to Katakolon port. Continue reading

Weather in Katakolon in July 2011

4 Aug

Weather in Katakolon in July 2011 was warm and quite dry.

July is considered the warmest month of the year, with temperatures rising over 40 degrees as well. Continue reading

Special reception for cruise ships at Katakolon port

21 Jul

A special reception for cruise ships at Katakolon port has been organized by local unions and organizations of Ilia prefecture.

The reception of the cruise ships and their passengers will take place in order to thank the tourists for their preference in cruising in the Mediterranean and Greece and on the occasion of the arrival of the Costa Favolosa, the new cruise ship of Costa Cruises, which has set on its first cruise. Continue reading

A cruise to Katakolon and Olympia

20 Jul

A cruise to Katakolon and Olympia is probably among the best ways to spend your holidays in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Cruise Ship Katakolon

Katakolon is one of the major destinations in Greece and the Mediterranean Sea, since it is the main sea-gate to Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Continue reading

30 Beauty Queens at Katakolon

19 Jul

30 beauty queens made an impressive appearance at Katakolon port, preparing for the beauty contest Miss tourism International 2011 that takes place in the Peloponnese in mid July 2011.

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Cruise ships arriving to Katakolon Port in July 2011

19 Jul

Katakolon port is definitely one of the busiest ports of call for cruise ships this year, with more than 1million tourists arriving from different parts of the world.

If you are interested in booking a cruise to Katakolon and the Ionian Sea, or if you want to see which ships call at this port, you can check the following list of cruise ships arriving to Katakolon port in July 2o11. Continue reading

Weather in June 2011 in Katakolon

19 Jul

Weather in Katakolon in June 2011 was quite warm and dry. The temperatures were slightly higher compared to the temperature in June 2010, while there was no rain at all this month. There was some slight drizzling on June 15th, but it was light and mild. Continue reading

Thousands of tourists in 2011 in Katakolon

3 Jul

Thousands of tourists have chosen Katakolon and Olympia as their only destination in Greece in 2011. This fact is more evident among tourists who travel on a cruise ship.

According to statistics, more than 3 million tourists have visited Katakolon between 2006 and 2010, while 600,000 visited just Katakolon. Continue reading

MSC Cruise liner to cruise Katakolon

1 Jul

The renowned cruise company MSC announced these days that the under construction flagship liner MSC Divina will be cruising the Eastern Mediterranean and Katakolon once it is launched in early 2012. Continue reading

Low cruise prices for Katakolon

30 Jun

Cruise prices for Katakolon and other Mediterranean destinations are much lower in 2011 compared to previous years. Following the same path as the airfares in Europe, cruise prices of Mediterranean cruises have also dipped.

If looking for a cruise to the Mediterranean, you will be able to find prices as low as $71 per person per day in August – which is considered high season in south Europe.

If you consider that this price includes in boat hotel facilities, meals and entertainment you can just think how much money you can save this way.

Katakolon Cruises

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Weather in Katakolon in May 2011

21 Jun

Weather in Katakolon in May 2011 has been quite mild and friendly to the numerous tourists and visitors that came to the area of Katakolon and Olympia, either on a cruise ship or by car and bus. Continue reading

Trapped boat with illegal cigarettes at Katakolon

29 May

boat illegal cigarettes katakolon greeceA boat carrying illegal cigarettes was trapped close to Katakolon port, at Thines beach.

The boat “Shenyang Ι of Tongo” was carrying 120 boxes of illegal cigarettes and banked close to the beach a few days ago. Continue reading

High Winds at Katakolon

29 May

The meteorological station of Pyrgos recorded high winds at Katakolon during the first months of 2011.

storm in katakolonActually there were three storm events just in Katakolon, with the speed of the wind going over 100km per hour.

According to the reports from the automated meteorological station of Athens at Pyrgos, there were winds of 133,6km/h at Katakolon port on January 28th, 2011. Continue reading

Fishing boats at Katakolon port

25 May

A photo with fishing boats at Katakolon port; Katakolon is becoming one of the most important ports of call in Greece for cruise ships and tourists, but it’s still a lovely, picturesque fishing village in Western Greece.

fishing boats at katakolonPhoto by Jason

fishing boats at katakolon

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The Temple of Apollo Epicurius

25 May

Katakolon port is an excellent gate to the Temple of Apollo Epicurius, which is one of the most important Ancient temples in Western Greece.

Temple of Apollo Epicurius

Temple of Apollo Epicurius

The Temple of Apollo Epicurius was built between 420-400BC by Iktinos, one of the two architects of the Parthenon of Athens. The Temple of Apollo is located 80 km away from Olympia and 7km away from Figalia, on the rocky area of Bassai.

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The torch relay of 1948 at Katakolon

24 May

Historical records show us that Katakolon played its role in the torch relay for the Olympic Games in 1948 that were held by London.

First of all, there was a huge debate on whether the torch relay should take place at all, since the second World War had just ended, and some people were expressing their concern on retaining the concept, since there were some links between the Nazi propaganda and the torch.

The Flame at Olympia 1948

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Funds for the development of Katakolon Port

23 May

The much awaited funds for the the development of Katakolon port will be soon given to the officials who will undertake the projects for the amelioration of the facilities at the port and the surrounding areas, according to the minister of culture, Mr Geroulanos, who has recently visited the cities of Patras and Pyrgos.

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Archaeological Museum of Olympia

22 May

The Archaeological Museum of Olympia is one of the major museums in Greece, and an absolute must see when you disembark from your cruise ship to Katakolon port.

The Archaeological Museum of Olympia was completed in 1975 and the inauguration of the museum took place in 1982. A new archaeological museum to house the treasures of the Sanctuary of Olympia became inevitable with the damage from the 1954 earthquake and with the accumulation of so many findings from the excavations in Altis. The building was expanded and renovated for the Olympic Games of Athens in 2004, and many more exhibits were brought to the museum.

Archaeological museum of Olympia

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Museum of Olympic Games History in Olympia

19 May

If you decide to visit Olympia from Katakolon, you will probably visit the Museum of Olympic Games History in Olympia, one of the most significant museums in the world.

Museum of history of Ancient Olympics

The museum is located at the northwest part of the sanctuary of Zeus, only 400meters away from the center of Olympia, just a few meters from the bridge over River Kladeos, and the entrance to the main site of Olympia.

The entrance to the museum is free, and you will need approximately half an hour to explore it. Continue reading

Katakolon travel distances

19 May

If you intend to travel to Katakolon or if you are already at Katakolon with a cruise ship, you should probably know what are the travel distances between several places.

Usually the first destination from Katakolon is Olympia and its archaeological site, which is located 37km away from Katakolon port. The road is great though, so you will need approximately 20 minutes  to reach the site. In the case you choose to travel there by taxi or a rental car, you will need even less time. Continue reading