This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Olympia.
Olympia, Greece, is the home of the Olympic Games for more than a thousand years and the inspiration for the modern Olympic Games that we have today. The place has quite an inspirational feel to it along with the humbling small town feel that you get walking down its quaint main street.
To get here you will need to take a local bus in from Pyrgos. They leave every hour or so from the KTEL bus terminal. Once you arrive, you will find everything -- including your Olympia, Greece hostel -- either on or just off the main street. It is filled with souvenir shops with the odd supermarket or food shop scattered in between. There is a strip off the main road that is full of restaurants for a sit-down meal. Also along the main street you will also find the Archimedes Museum, which gives a history of some of the inventions and discoveries of Archimedes. It is by donation and well worth a visit, especially if you are into science and engineering.
The main Archaia Olympia site is a short walk from the centre of town. Depending on where your Olympia, Greece hostel is, it won't take more than fifteen minutes' walking from the other end of town. There is an entrance fee for the two different museums and for the site of the ruins. They are just spectacular to visit and it should take a good half-day to get through all of it if you are keen on spending the time to read the information and get a feel for the history. The history museum outlines the different sports in which people competed and how the games were regulated. It is a good place to start your visit before going to the ruins for some context.
Other than this main site, however, there isn't too much to do around town except for a bit of shopping. If you ask at your Olympia, Greece hostel, they should be able to help you with any questions you have and ideas, but you shouldn't need more than a full day here.
Written by local enthusiast for Olympia hostelsGlobetrotter