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WorldMediterraneanIonian SeaGreeceKatakolo
Port of Entry
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Chart of Katakolo

Katákolo (Κατάκολο) is mainly a commercial port in NW Peloponnese. It is the watermelon capital of Greece. While it is not a particularly attractive port, it is a convenient place to leave the yacht while visiting the ancient site of Olympia, 25 km away. It is a port of entry.

The small town at the harbour is quite cute. But shops will be mostly closed if there is no cruise ship in town. However, through the summer there are cruise ships on most days - sometimes three, which can rather over-run the small town!


189 Nisos Sapiénza to Nisos Paxoi
G15 Southern Peloponnisos
554280 Corfu Channel to Nisis Proti
212 Othonoi I. to Amvrakikos Gulf


See Ionian Sea.





  • Coast Guard - VHF Channel 12
  • Olympia Radio - VHF Channel 86

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


No special precautions, the approach is starightforward.


Katakolo is a port of entry and you can clear here in/out of Greece.


Anchor in 4-5 m in mud and clay (excellent holding) and go stern-to or bow-to the quay, straight in front of you as yo enter the harbour. Leon the harbour master will meet you and tell you where to park. Charges range from €15 for under 10m mono, to €25 for a cat and up. But these are somewhat flexible, especially if you opt out of water, electricity and shower block.

Warning: There are lots of mosquitoes in the evening.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



Big bay with plenty of room to anchor in 3-5m. Sheltered from prevailing NW. Open to the south.


Water There is water on the quay
Electricity N/A (Not Available)
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry ?
Garbage There are bins around the harbor
Fuel A mini tanker can be called for fuel
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Repairs N/A
Internet In internet cafés
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals There are several car rental outlets.


  • Some shopping in the town

Eating out

  • Do not eat at the restaurant next to the Limenarchio (Coast Guard), it is terrible
  • Plenty of cafes on the waterfront, catering mainly to the visiting cruise ships


  • Taxi to Olympia
  • Bus to Athens
  • Train to Olympia only on days on which the cruise ships are in town. €10 per person round trip (2013), 45 minutes each way. Departs sometime between 8:30 and 9:30am and returns 13:00. More trains may run if there are more ships. The ticket office only opens when the train arrives (08:30) and will tell you when they will depart.


Ancient Olympia
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Hermes by Praxiteles

The ancient site of Olympia, the place where the original Olympic Games were held, is only 25 km by taxi from Katakolo. It is a large site so you need to allow plenty of time for the visit.

While in Olympia, make sure that you visit the Museum, where among other masterpieces the magnificent statue of Hermes by Praxiteles is kept.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Greece.


We welcome users' contributions to the Wiki. Please click on Comments to view other users' comments, add your own personal experiences or recommend any changes to this page following your visit.

  • We visited in early June, with one cruise ship at the dock. The small town along the waterfront is pleasant - cafes, tourist shops, small super market. Leon charged us €15 (the minimum rate) as we declined water etc. We took the train to Olympia, which is well worth a visit. Good signage in Greek, English and German. Interesting museum, again with three languages. Very impressive statues etc. Again, plenty of cafes with reasonable prices in Olympia village next to the archeological park. LifePart2 12:54, 13 June 2013 (BST)

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