Caretta-Caretta sea turtles at Katakolon

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 “Caretta-Caretta sea turtles at Katakolon”

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Businessmen from Zante move to Katakolon

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 “Businessmen from Zante move to Katakolon”

Special reception for cruise ships at Katakolon port

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 “Special reception for cruise ships at Katakolon port”

Low cruise prices for Katakolon

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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History of Katakolon

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

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 “Children chorus in Katakolon”

Oil in Katakolon

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 “Oil in Katakolon”

Katakolon on other websites

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 “Katakolon on other websites”

Plans for a Casino at Katakolon

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

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

Ancient Greek Music Instruments from Katakolon to Australia

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 “Ancient Greek Music Instruments from Katakolon to Australia”