Olympia is the site of the ancient Olympic Games, which were celebrated every four years by the ancient Greeks. Today, the Olympic flame is still lit by the Greek sun and transported all over the world for the Olympic Games. The area has been inhabited continuously since the 3rd millennium B.C., and in the late Mycenaean period it became a religious center.
Olympia is situated in the Elis valley, in the western Peloponnese, through which runs the Alphios River. In Ancient times, it was not a town, but a sanctuary with buildings associated with the games and the worship of the gods. It was a national shrine for the ancient Greeks and contained many treasures of Greek art, such as temples, monuments, altars, theaters, statues, and votive offerings of brass and marble.
Olympia is both an ancient archaeological site and a town with hotels, shops and restaurants. The area is fabulous for a visit as the Peloponnese is well known for its vast orange, olive and lemon groves.