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Light the Olympic flame in ancient Olympia
A guided tour in Ancient Olympia in Peloponnese


Ilia, also known as Elis, is a region in the western part of the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece. It is known for its historical significance, particularly as the site of the ancient Olympic Games. Olympia, located in Ilia, was the birthplace of the Olympic Games in classical antiquity, and the archaeological site of Olympia is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ancient stadium, temples, and other structures at Olympia are well-preserved, offering visitors a glimpse into the origins of the Olympic Games.

Ilia is characterized by a diverse landscape, featuring plains, mountains, and a coastline along the Ionian Sea. The region has a rich agricultural tradition, producing olive oil, citrus fruits, and wine. The town of Pyrgos serves as the capital of Ilia, and the region attracts history enthusiasts, archaeology buffs, and those seeking a combination of cultural and natural attractions. The legacy of the ancient Olympic Games and the archaeological treasures of Olympia make Ilia a significant destination in the Peloponnese.

You can find more detailed information about the Arcadian destinations on our destinations page.

visit Pirgos museum
guided tour in Olympia
visit killini thermal springs
magical sunset at Kourouta beach
beach at Kourouta
water sorts at kaiafa lake

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