The lighthouse of Katakolon

17 May

The lighthouse of Katakolon was built in 1865 and is dominating the southwest part of the entrance of Katakolon port.

Katakolon Lighthouse

The lighthouse, the Faros of Katakolo as you will find it in Greek, is 9m tall and its focal height is 45m, while its scope reaches 18 to 19 nautical miles. It consists of 4 rooms, used by the lighthouse guards as bedrooms, and the tower where you can see the mechanism of the lighthouse.

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Strofades islands at Katakolon

16 May

Strofades islands are two small islands in the heart of the Ionian sea, outside the shores of Katakolon. They are located almost 20 miles away from Katakolon and are part of Zante Municipality.

Strofades islands can be translated to “rotating islands” in Greek. Continue reading

Dawn over Katakolon

16 May

An image of a breathtaking dawn over Katakolon; when the cruise ships arrive at Katakolon port it’s still very early in the morning. The dawn is just about to break, creating gorgeous colors over the sky.

dawn over katakolonPhoto by Keith Richardson

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Agios Nikolaos church at Katakolon

13 May

Agios Nikolaos, or St Nicholas in English, is the protector saint of Katakolon and his memory is celebrated on December 12 every year.

This photo of the church of Agios Nikolaos at Katakolon is worth thousand words.

church Agios Nikolaos KatakolonSource: Diane and Tom Sullivan

The church of Agios Nikolaos in Katakolon

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Weather in April 2011 in Katakolon

11 May

Weather in April in Katakolon had its ups and downs, since there were some warm days, but also some days with lower temperatures, especially the first days of the month. Winds were also relatively high this month, with some very windy days – with 90km/h.That was quite unfavorable for the cruise ships, although there were no problems reported at Katakolon port. Continue reading

Queen Victoria at Katakolon port

10 May

A cruise ship with a royal name at Katakolon port!

The cruise ship Queen Victoria of Cunard Lines arrived a few days ago in Katakolon, carrying 1872 passengers. At the same time, two more cruise ships arrived at Katakolon port:

  • Seabourn Odyssey with 437 passengers
  • Splendour of the Seas with 1898 passengers
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The cruise ship Queen Victoria of Cunard Lines

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Cruise Ships Arrivals at Katakolon Port in 2011

9 May

According to the schedule of the Maritime authorities in Katakolon, the arrivals of cruise ships in 2011 are:

January : 7
February: 5
March 12
April: 40
May: 43
June:44
July:47
August: 53
September 52
October: 58
November:33
December:9

Numbers are showing us that the summer months and first months of fall are going to be extremely busy for Katakolon port, which is expected to set new records in Greece and the Mediterranean, if you consider that just in October 58 cruise ships are expected at Katakolon in 2011.

Katakolon is definitely going to be the busiest port of Greece at this time of the year!

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.

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Katakolon in 1840

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Statistics for Katakolon Port

8 May

Katakolon port seems to be a priceless treasure for Ileia (Elis) Prefecture and Greece in general.

Statistics for  the port of Katakolon give us enough information about the arrivals of tourists and cruise ships, since Katakolon has established itself as one of the main tourist destinations in the world, despite the financial crisis that has affected most parts of  every economic activity nowadays.

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Enjoying lunch in a Greek restaurant in Katakolon

8 May

enjoying dinner in a taverna in katakolon

Enjoying lunch in a Greek taverna in Katakolon during the few hours the cruise ships stay at the port.

There are plenty of Greek restaurants in Katakolon and you should taste the local dishes, such as the famous Greek salad. Continue reading

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

Video from Kourouta Beach at Katakolon

5 May

We found a video online showing the lovely colors of the sunset at Kourouta beach in Katakolon.

Many visitors of Katakolon have loved the area and the beach of Kourouta due to its amazing landscape, and of course the gorgeous crystal clear blue waters of the Ionian sea that caress the shores and the beautiful Katakolon beaches.

Whether visiting the are on your own, or on a cruise ship, you should take your time and make a leisurely stroll down the beach, or even better, enjoy a drink by the seaside during sunset, along with your significant other or your friends. It is a great chance to be little romantic!

Sunset at Katakolon

5 May

Wonderful colors and a romantic atmosphere in this photo of a gorgeous sunset at Katakolon. 

If you have enough time when visiting Katakolon, do not miss the chance to see – and why not capture with your camera – all these amazing colors  that can make your day and night?

If you are traveling with your better half, come closer and enjoy the beautiful colors of the sun as it is diving in the blue waters of the Ionian Sea.

Sunset at Katakolon

Avoid scam when hiring a Katakolon Taxi

4 May

Being careful when hiring a Katakolon Taxi for a tour to the important sites in the region, is absolutely necessary to avoid scams or other problems that can ruin your time at Katakolon and the nearby area.

There have been some complaints made by tourists who have disembarked from cruise ships and hired a taxi at Katakolon as a means of transportation to other sites.

The two major problems that have occurred are the Katakolon taxi rates and the fact that taxi drivers are not licensed guides and they can not accompany you inside the archaeological sites and museums. Continue reading

Katakolon Castle

3 May

Katakolon  Castle is one of the sites you should visit when you find yourself at Katakolon.The ruins of the castle are located near the beach of Agios Andreas, north of Katakolon.

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The ruins of the castle of Katakolon

You will certainly hear about so many places at Katakolon and the nearby areas that are worth your time and visit, therefore it all depends on your personal preferences and time. But, since Katakolon Castle is located very close to the village, you will have enough time to pay a visit there as well, even if you have scheduled a visit to Olympia or any other site in the area of Elis.

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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

5 cruise ships at Katakolon port with 6500 passengers

3 May

5 cruise ships with 6500 passengers arrived on April 28th, 2011 at Katakolon port; another great day for the port of Katakolon, with thousands of tourists disembarking from some of the most important cruise ships that call at Mediterranean ports this tourist season.

Despite the cold weather which has unexpectedly hit Greece and the Ionian sea these days, spring came to the port of Katakolon with the cruise ships that moored early in the morning of this April day. The cruise ships that arrived this day at Katakolon were Astor, Orient Queen, Prisendam, Azamara Journey and Zenith, making Katakolon one of the most important

It should be denoted though that 6000 tourists in one day is not the record for Katakolon port, since on June 15th 2010 15,000 tourists arrived in one single day, setting a record for all the ports of call for cruise ships in Greece.

Read more: Statistics for Katakolon Port

Beach in Katakolo with amazing colors

1 May

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Amazing colors in this photo of a beach in Katakolo.

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Weather in March 2011 in Katakolon

30 Apr

Weather in March 2011 in Katakolon has been relatively mild and sweet.

Usually in Greece March is an unpredictable month, with very nice and very rainy days at the same time. However, it seems that March weather in Katakolon was not as warm as expected from the first month of the spring, but milder in terms of rain, humidity and precipitation. Continue reading

Katakolon beaches

29 Apr

Katakolon beaches offer a great alternative if you wish to spend some time at the sea and relax from the trip.

Beaches in Katakolon start from the right end of the town, stretching around the Kyparissian Gulf for many kilometers.

Plakes beach in Katakolon

katakolo beach plakesPhoto by Dennis Hansen

Plakes beach in Katakolon

You can reach the main beach in Katakolon, called Plakes, easily from the port in the case you come to Katakolo in a cruise ship, or from the main national road when you come by car. Continue reading

Chlemoutsi Castle

29 Apr

Chlemoutsi Castle is located near Katakolon and it is visited by many tourists each year, who want to admire its medieval architecture and the views to the surrounding area.

History of Chlemoutsi Castle

Chlemoutsi has a rather long and colorful history; it was founded by the Prince of Franks Geoffrey I Villehardouin in 1220 and changed many hands throughout the centuries. The castle passed from the Franks to the Catalans, the Turks, the Venetians, the Franks and Turks again and so on.

Chlemoutsi castle

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Mercouri Winery

27 Apr

Visit Mercoury Winery from Katakolon

If you find yourself in Katakolon, whether visiting the area on your own or with a cruise ship, you should not miss the chance to visit Mercouri winery, which is just a few kilometers away from Katakolon.

Mercouri Winery is a working farm established by Theodore Mercouri and has been family owned and operated for 150  years. It is located at a breathtakingly beautiful area, which is stunningly landscaped.

Mercouri winery stands out due to the high quality and originality of the wines produced there.

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400 Cruise Ships at Katakolon Port in 2011

27 Apr

Katakolon port has proved to be one of the busiest ports of call for cruise ships in the Mediterranean this year.

Expecting more than 400 cruise ships at Katakolon port in 2011, the signs for the tourist season at the Western part of Greece are more than optimistic and comforting. Some of the cruise ships mooring at Katakolon port are luxurious and immense, carrying more than 3,000 tourists and crew.

A photo of an impressive cruise ship at Katakolon port.

cruise ships at Katakolon

cruise ships at Katakolon

8,000 tourists in one day at Katakolon Port

26 Apr

On April 19th 2011, 8,000 tourists disembarked at Katakolon port  in just one day. Three large cruise ships moored at the port of Katakolon since early in the morning; the cruise ships were MSC Musica, Coral and Costa Atlantica with 8000 passengers and crew in total. Continue reading

Weather in February 2011 in Katakolon

26 Apr

Weather in February 2011 in Katakolon was rather mild for this time of the year. Temperatures were normal for February, with an average temperature of 12.5 C, while there were warm days with the temperature being close to 19 C. Continue reading

Weather in January 2011 in Katakolon

26 Apr

Weather in Katakolon in January 2011 was mostly cloudy and cold with temperatures ranging from 7 until 14 C during daytime. 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

Weather in December 2010 in Katakolon

24 Apr

Weather in December 2010 in Katakolon was rather warm for the first month of winter. Continue reading

Tourist found dead on a cruise ship at Katakolon

24 Apr

A tourist was found dead on a cruise ship that called in Katakolon a couple of days ago. The passenger of the cruise ship Coral, with a flag from Malta, was German, 75 years old, and passed away on the cruise ship. The cause of death is yet unidentified, since the passenger was transported to the coronary officials for further examination.

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