From Ancient Olympia to a local Honey Farm to an amazing Frankish Castle!
In western Peloponnese, in the beautiful valley of the Alpheios river, lies the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece. Dedicated to Zeus, the father of the gods, it sprawls over the southwest foot of Mount Kronios, at the confluence of the Alpheios and the Kladeos rivers, in a lush, green landscape. Although secluded near the west coast of the Peloponnese, Olympia became the most important religious and athletic centre in Greece.
Tickets to enter the site and the museum: 12 euro. More info odysseus.culture.gr
Just a breath away (1 km) from the Olympia, you can meet Klio and her mother on her farm
The 1.30 Hour Experience at Klio Honey Farm:
Klio will welcome you with a platter of seasonal fruits, fresh juice and coffee, into a garden filled with fruit trees and vegetables.
She will take you to the time of her grandparents and she will explain how village people made their living and how she makes her living these days from the same land. Through the presentation of beekeeping tools, you will be introduced to the life of bees from ancient times until today. Top off your visit with “diples”, a traditional sweet with honey, which Klio’s mother Mrs Roula herself, will prepare before you as she unfolds the dough and the secrets of this mouthwatering dessert. Finally, you will taste the products of the farm (honey, jams, spoon sweets) all produced and packaged the age old traditional, homemade way. The most enjoyable part of your visit to Klio’s is that you are going to get a “taste” of real life and “real” people today just next to the ruins.
You need to pre-arrange a group visit. Please, send an inquiry: [email protected] Individuals are allowed to visit the farm cost free! Open all year round 10.00 – 16.00 (untill 19.00 during summer season), email:[email protected], tel:+306977714530, www.klioshoneyfarm.com
Castle of Chlemoutsi
60km from ancient Olympia & 7 km to Kyllini port if you continue your trip to Zante island (Zakynthos)
The best preserved Frankish castle of Peloponnese. It is situated at the top of a hill 250 m.high, called with the ancient name Helonata. The Castle of Chlemoutsi was built between 1220 and 1224 by Geoffrey I Villehardouin, a Prince who was the first inhabitant in this construction. After this, the Franks invaded the region and took control of the Castle, becoming its inhabitants for several years. During that epoque, this castle was very famous in the region and was considered a very important spot by the Peloponnesians.
Tickets: €3, Summer hours: (April 1 – October 31) are 12 PM – 7 PM Mondays, and 8 AM – 7 PM the rest of the week. Winter hours (November 1 – March 31) are 8:30 AM – 3 PM Tuesday – Sunday. More info wikipedia.org