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Pelopio

COUNTY: Elis MUNICIPALITY: Ancient Olympia

Clear
23.66ºC

Population

1,000 - 2,000

Infrastracture

Cash Machine, Pharmacy, Gas Station

Distance from nearest city

10-35km

TL;DR

A town built in the centre of the prosperous plains of Elis, full of running waters, trees and historical sites.

Pelopio is near ancient Olympia, at an altitude of 65m, only 16km from Pyrgos, with approximately 1,100 residents. It was founded in the 15th century and took its name after the mythical king of Elis, Pelopas. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of Elis, since it is built in the center of a prosperous flatland.

The region has many running waters and it’s full of olive trees, pine trees, cypresses, plane trees, almond trees, lemon trees and orange trees. Near the village you will find the monastery of Agios Ioannis (St. Ioannis) and the famous “ravine of the nightingales” (rematia ton aidonion) due to the numerous nightingales found in the region. The older houses of the village are made of stone. 

In 2007, a huge fire broke out in the region and the village was nearly burned down. Fortunately, it was saved, however, the surrounding vegetation of the hills suffered gravely. In the center of the village, the stone-built church of Agios Vassilios (St.Vassilios) of 1923 stands out. On one of the burnt hills you will also find the chapel of Agia Paraskevi (St.Paraskevi).