Holidays in Ilia

Ilia info

Located to the north-west of the Peloponnese, between Achaia and Messinia, is the prefecture of Ilia. It is a beautiful region, and again, holds great historic importance. The capital of Ilia is Pyrgos. The name of the town was derived from the presence of a tall tower, ( a pyrgos ), which was erected during the early 1500s. The town has been known by this name from as early as the late 1600s. There are an estimated 160,000 local inhabitants, whose occupations range from tourism to the farming of watermelons, pistachios, grapes, citrus fruits, and potatoes. The birthplace of the Olympic Games, Olympia is located to the south of Ilia. It was here that the first Olympic Games took place, and have since gone on to become the largest and most spectacular sporting event in the whole world. Ilia has some of the longest and sandiest beaches in all of Greece. There are three small lakes at Agoulinitsa, Mouria and Kaiafa, and two larger artificial lakes at Ladonas and Pineos. Winters in Ilia are mild, and the summers are hot and dry. In Homeric times, the locals were thought to have been called Epeioi and Pylioi and to have been a mixture of Phoenicians, Thessalians, Aeolians, Leleges, Pelasgians, and Caucones. The arrival of the Dorians caused them to form an alliance with Sparta. Ilia ceased to be an area of importance when the Byzantine Emperor, Theodosios, banned the Olympic Games in 393 AD. Ilia is a very picturesque and beautiful region, with nature and fields as far as the eye can see. Vines, olive and citrus groves and vegetation can be found on very corner. With the various sandy beaches here as well, Ilias is a mini-paradise, and a wonderful choice for your holiday destination in the Peloponnese.

Airtickets to Ilia

Ilia doesn't have an airport, so it can only be reached by car or public transportation. We can offer airtickets to Kalamata or Athens airport through our online booking system and then there is connection to Ilia by bus, train or car.

Hotels in Ilia

There is a variety of hotels, apartments and rooms to let in places like Pyrgos, Olympia, Zacharo and many more, depending on the type of holidays you would prefer. You can find more information at the section of Ilia hotels.

Transfer & car rental in Ilia

In order to reach Ilia without using a public transportation, you can rent a car from Kalamata's or Athens' airport through our online booking system.

Sightseeing and tours in Ilia

The archaeological site of Olympia is one that every visitor to this area must visit. There are many buildings still remaining, such as the Prytaneion, where the winners of the Games were honored, the Philippeion, the Heraion, and other buildings and temples.Visitors to this site, can experience, first hand, how the games would have been all those years ago. With the natural beauty that surrounds this site, it is easy to understand, how the Greeks, and ultimately, the rest of the world, came to respect, admire and enjoy the Olympic Games as much as the ancient Greeks did.
Opposite the site is the Archaeological Museum, where on display, are many finds and artifacts that were excavated in this area, such as the marble statue of Hermes (dating 330BC), Miltiades' helmet, and various sculptures and other works of art. The modern village of Olympia is located very near to the ancient site. Here, you will find the Museum of the Olympic Games, which the only one of it's kind in the world. Full of memorabilia such as postage stamps, photographs and other artifacts, it is an amazing insight into the history of the Olympic Games.There are also many spas in Ilia, such as the popular hot springs of Kyllini. This spa has been developed by the GNTO (Greek National Tourist Organisation), and is a well organised spa, with accommodation facilities. At a temperature of 25.5 degrees centigrade, the hot waters are ideal for asthma, skin diseases and rheumatism.

Travel tourism information in Ilia

Pyrgos (capital)
•Tourist Police:                         +30 26210  81764
•Police:                                      +30 26210 81738
•Bus terminal:                           +30 26210 22592
•Rail Station:                             +30 26210 22576
•Municipality:                            +30 26210 22404
•Hospital:                                   +30 26210 22222
•Police:                                        +30 26230 92202
•Port Authority:                           +30 26230 92211
•Tourist Police:                           +30 26240 22100
•Municipality:                              +30 26240 22549
•Archaeological Museum :      +30 26240 22742
•Olympic Games Museum:      +30 26240 22544

Thematic tours in Ilia

There are some organized tours to Olympia that you can arrange through our online booking system.

Restaurants and nightlife in Ilia

If you visit Ilia you will realize that it is not offered only for a relaxing time as the number of bars and clubs is rather great. The bars are very atmospheric and various all-day cafés offer from all kinds of beverages to light snacks during the day and turn up the volume of music at night. Such places can be met mainly in Pyrgos and Olympia. On the other hand, if you are food lovers and you prefer to combine an evening out with dinner, try one of the traditional taverns or restaurants offering local and other Greek delicacies.

Special places of interest in Ilia

Fine beaches of golden sand and clean waters can be found at Zacharo, Kourouta, Agios Andreas, Kyllini, Arkoudi, Amaliada, Kastro, Marathia, Palouki, Kalo Nero and others.