The ancient site of Olympia in the Peloponnese was the first home of the Olympic Games. Founded in the 8th century, there are many myths and stories connected with how the Olympic Games began. Here are some of them:
Even today, Olympia is in a relatively secluded place in the western Peloponnese. It often gets left out of people's Greek travel itineraries because it is not a logical stop along a 'tourist trail'. This is a real shame, because not only is it the birthplace of what we know today as the Olympic Games, but it is also one of the most interesting archaeological sites in Greece. Easily visited on a Greek Mythology Tour when you take one of our 5-day or 7-day tour packages, here are a few facts and myths surrounding how the Olympic games started at Olympia.