OMG you guys, I was so excited to check out the Archaeological Site of Olympia! Why?? It’s where the first Olympic Games were held. Wayyy back in the day. So it’s no surprise that this place is yet another one of Greece’s World Heritage treasures.
While I loved the Royal Olympic Hotel in Athens for many reasons (mainly its convenient location close to the Plaka), this stay at Europa Hotel in Olympia was my favorite of the whole trip. It’s tucked away in a little town up in the hills, so the view is amazing! Overall, I could sum up the hotel in one word: charming. On the first night, I enjoyed a sunset swim at their pool, surrounded by rose bushes and lemon trees. Divine.
Initially when I booked this Greece trip, I regretted not including a stop at one of the islands. After all, when most people think of Greece, they picture someplace like Santorini or Mykonos (seriously, do a Google Image search if you’re unfamiliar and you’ll be amazed).
Anyway, I had slight buyer’s remorse: should I have tacked on a stop in the Greek Isles before my return flight to the U.S.? I do LOVE the water. But my regret immediately subsided the moment I touched down in Athens – I was just happy to be there! Plus, we were able to fit in day trips to a couple beach towns on the mainland, so I got my ocean fix. Here’s the first seaside town we visited: Nafplio.
Whew – let’s take another break from Greece posts (I’m almost done going through my photos). Up next I’ll share pictures from a quaint seaside town we visited! But first, a few snippets from around here:
Finally got a case for my phone!
After our stop at the Treasury of Atreus, we hopped on over to explore the archaeological site of Mycenae – another UNESCO World Heritage site! The ruins are located practically across the street (highway?) from the Treasury of Atreus, so it didn’t take us long to get there. And let me tell you, this site was definitely in my top three out of all the places we visited in Greece.