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Location

Tucked into the nothern corner of the large shallow bay of Kiparissiakos Kolpos, this port is on the west coast of the Peloponnese mainland.

It is the most convenient place from which to visit the ruins of Olympia, using the bus service, and is a regular stop for cruise ships. Note, yachts must give way to cruise ships at all times.

Position 37° 38.96' N,  021° 19.48' E (harbour)

Clearance

For full details on clearing into our out of Greece see Greek Formalities.

This is a Port of Entry and so all the authorities are based here.

Port Authority
Tel:+30 26210 41206 Fax:+30 26210 41109 ,VHF Channel 12

Docking

Beware that in strong easterlies, a swell enters the harbour and this can make getting on and off boats berthed here almost impossible.

There are yacht berths on the northern side of the harbour in the yacht basin. Boats go stern or bows-to on the western quay here and there is water and electricity available for some berths. Holding and shelter are reported to be good.

Cruise ships dock on the town quay, to the south.

Alternatively, anchor NE of the low mole on the northern side of the harbour. The holding here is good and the shelter excellent over a large area of the bay.

A person will come by the boat to collect berthing fees. See latest charges reported below in comments.

Last updated:  July 2018

April Cunningham
April Cunningham says:
Jul 31, 2018 10:26 AM

Christopher Slaney says:
Jul 22, 2018 06:22 AM

Katakolon. Some doubt as to whether this is a port of entry. We arrived from Italy directly to Katakolon and a planned trip to the museum at ancient Olympia. VHF calls to the harbour master went unanswered so we tied up and went in search of the office of the port police - passports, ships papers etc in hand. The fellow in uniform was very pleasant but hadn't got a clue why we were interrupting his otherwise quiet afternoon. He made a phone call, suggested we could take the bus to Pyrgos and visit the police station there. "But it would be better if you do this somewhere else, like Zakynthos."

"So it's okay if we leave the boat here and visit Olympia without doing the paperwork or getting a transit log?" We asked.

"Sure," he said, "no problem." So we did, and later enjoyed a pleasant couple of tacks back to Zakynthos where we finally entered Greece.

Close by the cruise ship dock, several bus operators tout 10 euro round-trip tickets and the service gives you three hours to spend in Olympia.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 11, 2016 09:33 PM

Reported by SY Funny Girl: September 2016
In Katakolon a person from the city came to our boat and explained that we had to pay him, he showed a kind of Identity card.
We had to pay 20 € for our 14 meter boat per night (12 meter is 15 €uro), water service 5 €uro but they do not check if one uses it or not.
The train to Olympia from the harbour goes every day at 8:30 hr - 5 €uro / person. Goes back from Olympia at 15:00 hr.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 15, 2016 08:06 PM

Reported by Tony Olin:
Katakolon is a soulless port but good docking on the town quay. They really only cater for the cruise boats, it becomes a ghost town when the cruise boats leave. Some shops are charging cruisers double the cost to the locals. It's the first time we have seen this in Greece.
Really only good for a visit to Olympia, hire a car for €30, good supermarket shopping a few miles out of town.

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