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Another way to approach The Ark in Ancient Phigaleia is from the town of Andritsaina which is en route from Olympia.

  • From Patras take the E55 road south towards the small city of Pyrgos situated between the cruise port of Katakolo and Olympia.
  • On the northern outskirts of Pyrgos, look out on your left for the Greek National Road 74.
  • Follow this road east until you see a signpost for Ancient Olympia.
  • When you leave Olympia, head towards Krestina - up the hill opposite the car park for the archaeological site.
  • You will cross the sacred Alpheios river. Turn left immediately after the bridge and follow the signs to Kallithea and Andritsiana.
  • The central square in Andritsaina is one big eating and drinking arena where you can enjoy a traditional meal. It is also the last place on your journey with shops and, depending on the time of day (everything closes from 14:00 until 18:00), your final opportunity to pick up last minute supplies.

From Andritsaina

Andritsaina central squareHave a meal in Andritsaina's central square

From Patras via Olympia
Olympia, the centre in classical times for the worship of Zeus, is the birthplace of the Olympic Games.
     A detour to this archaeological site will not disappoint. Opposite is one of the most important museums in Greece. It houses the impressive sculpted pediments from the Temple of Zeus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
     The archaeological site and museum is open from 08:30 - 15:00 Tuesdays to Sundays and from 10:30 - 17:00 on Mondays. A combined ticket costs 9 euros.

Tip: Go early in the morning and visit the open air site first. Then, as the day advances, enjoy the air conditioning inside the museum.

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