Holiday in Olympia – Your guide to Olympia, Greece

 

Regional Information

Population: 2,000
Language: Greek
Currency: Euro
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2

Weather

Due to its inland location in the western half of the Peloponnesus peninsula, the weather in Olympia tends to be dry and hot in summer (June – August) and mild and wet in winter (December – February). Average summer temperatures are around 30°C (86°F) but can sometimes reach as high as 35°C (95°F). Very little rain falls during these months and can lead to drought conditions, however showers can be expected between September and March, with December being the wettest month in general. Temperatures in winter average about 14°C (57°F) during the day but can drop to 6° (43°F) or lower at night. Autumn and Spring are probably the most pleasant months to visit Olympia with temperatures between 20°C (68°F) and 25°C (77°F) making for comfortable Greek sightseeing weather.

Fascinating Facts

  1. Only men were allowed to compete in the ancient Olympics – women had their own athletic competition called the Heraia.
  2. No material prizes were given to winners of the ancient Olympic Games – just an olive wreath and the glory of victory.
  3. Athletes competed in the ancient Olympic Games naked as a tribute to the gods and to encourage aesthetic appreciation of the male body.
  4. Alexander the Great and the Roman Emperor Nero both competed at the ancient Olympic Games.
  5. The site of ancient Olympia is not to be confused with Mount Olympus, home of the gods, which is about 500km north on the mainland of Greece.
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