The compact village of Olympia, lined with souvenir shops and eateries, caters to the coach-loads of tourists who pass through on their way to the most famous sight in the Peloponnese: Ancient Olympia. This is where myth and fact merge. According to one (of many different) legends, Zeus held the first Olympic Games to celebrate beating his father Cronos at wrestling. This is the birthplace of the ideal that still brings states together, differences aside, for the sake of friendly athletic competition, just as it did more than 4000 years ago.
Just 500m south of the village, across the Kladeos River, are the remains of Ancient Olympia. As you walk around, or stand at the starting line of the ancient stadium, contemplate the influence of this site through millennia. This is where they light the Olympic flame every four years. This is where the Games began.