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PINIOS LAKE ANCIENT OLYMPIA PIRGOS ANCIENT OLYMPIA DAM OF ALFIOS ANDRITSENA NEDA RIVER KATAKOLO FOLOI FOREST BEACH OF AG. ANDREAS KAIAFAS TEMPLE OF EPIKOURIOS APOLLON ANCIENT ILIS - THEATER ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE OF ANCIENT OLYMPIA ANCIENT OLYMPIA PORT OF KATAKOLO KAIAFAS CHLEMOUTSI CASTLE ZACHARO BEACH KOUROUTA PANAGIA KATHOLIKI ARKOUDI KOTICHI - STROFILIA (Source: Christos Panagiotou)
KATAKOLON
 

Welcome to Katakolo!

 

katakolo


A small maritime city with natural and historical beauty, situated at the Preference of Western Ilia, near the ancient city of Fia.

Katakolo combines mountain and sea, as it is the current port of the preference's capital, the city of Pyrgos. The port is full of cafeterias and taverns which replaced the old raisin houses, giving a traditional tone to the area.


During the summer season, Katakolo is plain of Greek and foreign tourists and its port is full of cruise ships. You need to have a lot of free time in order to explore the place's beauty and to go site-seeing (it's near the ancient city of Olympia) and swimming to its dreamy beaches.


Every year the visitors' number increases, more cruise ships berth to the port and Katakolo has become tourists' first choice for their summer vacations. However, Katakolo is also a great destination for your winter vacations, as other places of the area wait to be explored by you!


So, choose Katakolo for your summer holidays and you will see that if once come here, you will definitely come back! Have a nice stay!

 

History


In ancient years Katakolo was located in the ancient city of Fia, near St. Andreas' beach. Killini and Katakolo were the only two ports of the preference of Ilia. During the Homeric years, Katakolo was a famous fortress near the river of Iardano and in the second half of the 5th century B.C (during the Peloponnese war) Katakolo became Athenians' anchor point to conquer Ilia. The port was destroyed completely by a powerful earthquake (6th century A.C.), but until now from St. Andreas' bay we can see the two remaining small islands Korakas and Tigani. Many shells and remains from Neolithic period up until Romans' years have been found and witness Katakolo' s existence during the centuries. During the Byzantine period and the Middle- Ages, Katakolo had a strong strategic role and magical Pontikokastro, built by the Vilardouins at the remains of the acropolis of Fia, is the proof of it. After Greece's liberation from the Turks the centre of Katakolo was dislocated and obtained its current geographical place. It was one of the most important ports of Greece in raisin exportation, however today is only a famous touristic resort.

 

Katakolo in the 18th century

According to current history, Katakolo was a place for the exiles from Zante and Kefalonia and initially the name Katakolo, before its current significance, had a bad meaning.


Finally, it's worth mentioning the importance of Pyrgos - Katakolo railway.

See also in this category
PYRGOS
ANCIENT OLYMPIA
AMALIADA
NEDA'S WATERFALLS
ZACHARO-KAIAFAS
KYLLINI GLARENTZA
FOLOI OAK FOREST
KOTΥCHI - STROFYLIA
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