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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


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

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

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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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.

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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

History of Katakolon

8 May

The history of Katakolon begins thousands of years ago. Katakolon is known since the ancient years with the name Pheia.

The Ancient town of Pheia was located at today’s Agios Andreas beach and was the second largest port in Elis after the port of Killini.

During the Homeric years, Katakolon had a castle close to Iardanos River that was used by the Athenians later, during their effort to conquer the entire region.

old picture of katakolon in 1840

Katakolon in 1840

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Children chorus in Katakolon

6 May

The children chorus of Katakolon was founded 8 years ago, under the initiative of Katakolon priest, Mr Panagiotis Athanasopoulos and the chairman of the local cultural center, Mr Spiros Chionis.

A local music teacher, Mr Ioannis Machairas contributed heavily to the realization of the children chorus of Katakolon, as well as the artistic evolution of its members.

children chorus in katakolon

The most important goal was and is the participation in choirs with other choruses from different areas, and in concerts, offering its members the valuable experience of meeting other choirs, as well as music genres, always in a friendly competitive way.  Continue reading

A poem for Katakolon by Oscar Wilde

3 May

Who would have thought that Oscar Wilde, one of the greatest authors of all times, would have written a poem about Katakolon? Indeed, Wilde wrote a poem about his impressions on a trip to Greece and the Ionian Sea.

There is a short story behind the trip of Oscar Wilde and is included in his biography. Continue reading

Caretta Caretta sea turtles found dead at Katakolon

25 Apr

A Caretta Caretta sea turtle was found dead at Katakolon, at a nearby beach called Kavouri. According to testimonies, a dead sea turtle was brought to the shore by the waves three days ago.

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Oil in Katakolon

25 Apr

Scientists have started exploring the Ionian Sea and Western Greece for oil, thinking that there is a strong possibility to find sources of oil in Katakolon and other seaside areas in Western Greece.

According to a recent study, scientists think that finding oil in this part of Greece is not only possible, but also a rather more plausible solution, since the western part of the country does not have any “red zones” or claims by neighboring countries – as it happens with the Aegean Sea. Continue reading

Katakolon on other websites

16 Apr

How is Katakolon described on other websites:

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. Continue reading

Safety in Katakolon and Olympia

13 Apr

Safety in your journey is always an issue. Whether you are traveling by boat on a nice and enjoyable cruise, or you are visiting on your own, you should know a few things about safety in Katakolon port and Ancient Olympia in Greece. Continue reading

Gaddafi at Katakolon in Greece

12 Apr

The residents of Katakolon in Greece were astonished to see Muammar Gaddafi at Katakolon port on April 1, 2011.

Gaddafi at katakolon Greece

Gaddafi disembarked from a luxurious yacht and walked down the dock for a while, despite the fact that he was supposed to be missing person and one of the most wanted personalities this last year. Continue reading

Plans for a Casino at Katakolon

9 Apr

New plans for a casino at Katakolon were revealed a few days ago, since the Municipality of Pirgos accepted the suggestion for the exploitation of the mainland of Katakolon.

During the last months, there have been rumors about a huge investment made by foreign companies in the region, since the public sector cannot finance the necessary development of facilities in the area.
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Inauguration of the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology in Katakolon

7 Apr

The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology of Kostas Kotsanas was inaugurated a few days ago in Katakolon with the presence of numerous officials and residents of the region. Continue reading

Discover the Mediterranean Culture with a Cruise to Katakolon and the Greek Islands

5 Apr

An established Maltese travel agency encourages its clients and the tourists of the world to Discover the Mediterranean Culture with a cruise to Katakolon and the Greek islands.

The local agency has teamed up with two academics to provide cultural cruises that aim at combining the love for traveling with the urge to discover the culture of the Mediterranean Sea. Continue reading

Ancient Greek Music Instruments from Katakolon to Australia

5 Apr

Who would think that Ancient Greek music instruments could travel from Katakolon to Australia?

ancient greek instruments in museum in katakolon

The entire Museum of Greek music instruments of Kostas Kotsanas is being transfered to Australia from Katakolon for a period of 3 months. 42 music instruments travel by plane to the homonym museum of Katakolon in Melbourne. Continue reading