311km (193 miles) W of Athens; 90km (55 miles) S of Patras; 21km (13 miles) E of Pirgos

With its shady groves of pine, olive, and oak trees; the remains of two temples; and the stadium where the first Olympic races were run in 776 B.C., Olympia is the most beautiful major site in the Peloponnese. When you realize that both the archaeological museum and the new museum of the ancient Games are among the finest in Greece, you'll see why it's wonderful to have more than just a day here, especially if your hotel has a swimming pool. Tip: Check on the admission hours for both the site and museum as soon as you arrive. The actual open hours fluctuate from the official hours more than one would expect.