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16 Apr

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Katakolon on Wikipedia

Katakolo (Greek: Κατάκολο; before the 1970s: Κατάκολον or Katakolon) is a seaside town in western Ilia in the municipality of Pyrgos in Greece. The town centre of Katakolon is on a headland overlooking the Ionian Sea and separating the Kyparissian Gulf from the rest of the Ionian.

Katakolo has a small port which is the main port of Pyrgos, a school, restaurants, a church and a town square. Most impressive is surely the visit to the Municipal Museum of Ancient Greek Technology which holds 150 operating reconstructions of mechanisms and inventions of the ancient Greeks covering the period from 2000 B.C. to 100 A.D.

A railway called the Katakolo-Pyrgos line goes to Katakolo. Small hills with forests surround Katakolo. Katakolo is situated on a peninsula and has a lighthouse founded southwest. The Lighthouse Katakolo (Faros Katakolo) was first opened in 1865.

The port of Katakolon is also a frequent stop for cruise ships on tours of the Ionian and Mediterranean seas, offering an opportunity for passengers to visit the site of Ancient Olympia. Consequently, many of the shops in the town centre are geared toward foreign tourists. The other main industries include agriculture and services.

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katakolo

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Katakolon on http://www.katakolon.gr

Katakolon is a port-village on the south-western part of Greece. It is the gate by sea of famous Ancient Olympia, birth land of the Olympic Games.

Each year hundreds of cruise ships and more than one million cruise passengers visit Katakolon Greece. Katakolon is the second most busy cruise port of Greece , after Piraeus port, according to recent statistics.

Katakolon itself is a small fish village, with few permanent inhabitants [about 600], which has been developed the past few years. A lot of shops have open in order to serve cruise passengers calling Katakolon but the main reason of visiting Katakolon is Ancient Olympia.

Katakolon port is also a starting point in order to discover the surrounding area such as Kourouta beach resort, Mercouri winery, Kaifas beach and lake, Pyrgos capital city of the region and other nearby beaches such as Agios Andreas, Levendochori etc..

Useful: Some people misspell Katakolon as Katakalon which is not right ! (but it is also correct to pronounce it Katakolo, without an “n” at the end)

SOURCE: http://www.katakolon.gr/

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Katakolon on http://www.travelsingreece.com

Katakolon is a small, some would say sleepy, port town located about 15kms from Pirgos on the western coast of the Peloponnese. Its main claim to fame is a deepwater port suitable for the largest cruise ships you can imagine, along with the fact that it is only 35kms from Ancient Olympia. It is also where my wife´s family is from, so I have spent more than a few summer holidays sitting around Katakolon chatting with friends, watching the cruise ships come and go and exploring the surrounding areas.

Katakolon then and now

Katakolon has always been a port town, with its original heyday being the end of the 19th to the mid 20th century when it was the main point of departure for the region’s famous raisons.

The Pirgos – Katakolon rail link was completed in 1881, a full 10 years before the Greek state railway line between Athens and Lamia was constructed. Katakolo’s port was funded entirely by the local Pirgos authorities to facilitate the transport of finished raisons to the ships at Katakolon where they were shipped to all the major ports of Europe. The Katakolon of those days can still be seen in the old warehouse buildings along its back streets, some of which have been nicely restored.

My first time in Katakolon

That being said, the first time I went to Katakolon in 1997 my first impressions were not particularly warm. The town had a bit of a rundown feeling to it, some of its older buildings along the back roads were in complete disrepair and the general feeling was one of a place that was on its last legs, port or no port, Olympia or no Olympia.

Katakolon today

Since 2003 however, Katakolo has undergone a surprising and very pleasing makeover. The port was renovated in that year with funds donated by the town’s most famous of sons, John Latsis. With the renovated port came more cruise ships with more tourist dollars and in a surprisingly short time Katakolon has become a much nicer place to hang out in with most of its old buildings lovingly restored, the cafes and tavernas along the waterfront full of smiling people and its relaxed bars pulling in the locals from Pirgos on the weekends. Our last visit in the summer of 2010 was to a town that had rediscovered its summer vigour and was a bustling hive of activity during the day and a relaxing oasis of calm in the evenings (well, except for the weekend evenings).

SOURCE: http://www.travelsingreece.com/trips/katakolon/

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Katakolon on http://www.katakolon-greece.com

Katakolon is a seaside town in western Ilia in the municipality of Pyrgos. The town center is within a gulf overlooking the Ionian Sea. Katakolon is situated on a peninsula and has a lighthouse found in the southwest. The Lighthouse of Katakolon was first opened in 1865 and the town has a population of 612 inhabitant

Katakolon is your gateway to Olympia, where the ancient Greeks flocked every four years for more than a millennium to celebrate the sacred games dedicated to Zeus. Visit the ruins of the Sanctuary, with its athletic quadrangles, stadium,temples and treasuries; then browse in the modern Archaeological Museum, a treasure house of Archaic, Classical and Roman sculptures, including the famous Niki Winged Victory.

SOURCE: http://www.katakolon-greece.com/

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Katakolon on http://www.cruisecritic.com

Ships call at the sleepy port of Katakolon at the western edge of Greece’s Peloponnese Peninsula, because it’s close to the archeological site of Olympia, where the ancient Olympic Games were held. Otherwise, Katakolon is pretty much a one-horse town with a big pier.

We highly recommend you visit Olympia on a tour with an experienced tour guide. You can get there on your own, but will miss the commentary about what you are seeing, which really adds to a visit of the site.

Most tours last a half day, including a little time to poke around the town of Olympia (where there’s also a small museum dedicated to the modern Olympics). You return to Katakolon with plenty of time to enjoy lunch at a cafe and poke around the shops there.

SOURCE: http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/ports/newport.cfm?ID=124

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Katakolon on Trip Advisor

As your cruise moves north eastwards through the Med towards the next port, after entering the Ionian Sea, you should be berthing at the Katakolon cruise port. Although the Port of Katakolon appears to be a sleepy quay side village, it is in fact a major jumping off point for trips to Olympia, the original home of the Olympic Games. When your Katakolon cruise ship enters the Ionian Sea it is easy to bring to mind the myths of ancient Greece. You may think about Jason and the Argonauts, as well as some other famous Greek fantasy figures but the one thing that you will really be able to visualise is the Kraken, standing astride, at the mouth of the bay. That is what it is like here; it takes you to another time and place.

Katakolon cruise ships generally stay overnight, and it is to your best benefit to rise early and sample some of the wonderful fresh seafood that is on offer, however, you will be lucky if you beat your landlord/lady to this, because they know that fresh is best. Your day is could be spent in all the restaurants that are available on the sea front but you have to bear in mind that your Katakolon cruise ship is on a deadline, and as such, will not wait for errant passengers.

Katakolon port was promoted throughout the Med cruising lines and this turned out to be a great boon because the shipping lines, in response to customer demand, have put Olympia, and by association ‘The port of Katakolon on their map. If you feel that that you want some time ashore, but do not wish to travel inland, then, you will be glad to know that there are many restaurants within a five minute walk of the Katakolon cruise port.

SOURCE: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g189487-c145308/Olympia:Greece:Katakolon.Tips.html

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