A ramification on the central road of Krestaina leads to Ancient Olympia where thousands of visitors come to admire while staying in the nearby hotels.
Starting from beach of Samikos in Krestaina we suggest you a visit in Samia’s Acropolis.
On the southwest of Krestaina is situated the small town of Andritsaina with dense vegetation. Leaving Andritsaina from the south we are leading to Vasses where we can find the impressive Dorian temple of Epicurean Apollo, a creation of famous architect Ictinus (421 b.c), restored from the beginning of our century. Near the temple of Apollo in the area of Koumpia with splendid view we can admire ruins of other ancient temples probably dedicated to god Artemis & Aphrodite.
Following the central road southeast, after passing the village Samiko you will result next to Kaiafa Lake. There you can find the hot springs which is built over the small island of Saint Catherine’s Lake. The small island is connected with a technical bridge to the land. These hot springs were well known from the ancient years.
An old tradition, so as to explain the bad smell of the waters, recounts that after Hercules thrown his poisoned, from Lernaias Hydras’ blood, arrows to the Centaurs they came to these springs to heal them.
A more recently story connects the name of the area with Jesus’ judge. Based on that story Kaiafas was castaway, wounded and sick when he reaches shore and tried to reach the hot springs, which denied on healing him by turning him away with their awful smell.
The waters spring from two sources: the spring of Anigrides Nymphs and the spring of Geranian Andro. They help on dermal treatments, leaver and bile diseases, and movement and gynecological problems.
The central road continues south from the coast in an area of abundant vegetation and endless sandy beaches.
The calm and green valley of Olympia surrounded by mountains, leads through olive trees walking through the big stadium to the temples of Olympus Zeus and Hera. The natural beauties of the area, the variety of the scenery, the wild nature, and the most important archaeological places are making a rare combination in this unique ecosystem.