Heaven on Earth
Ideal geographic position
Kalogria Beach Hotel is located in the Municipality of Achaia, in Southwestern Peloponnese, at a distance of 230 km from Athens, 40 km. from Patras and only 7 km. from the airport of Araxos. It is easy for someone from the hotel to visit Kalavryta, ancient Olympia, Zakynthos and Kyllini and many other neighboring destinations.
The sea along the entire coast is famous for its crystal-clear waters, its turquoise color and its sandy seabed. It deepens gradually at a very slow pace, making it ideal for swimming and games for adults as well as our younger friends.
Award-winning and famous
The famous and award-winning with Blue Flag sandy beach of Kalogria extends for 9 km. In front of the hotel there is an organized beach with 220 umbrellas and 600 beach chairs and a great variety of sea sports.
The Kotychi lagoon is located in the municipality of Elis, in the Northeast of the town of Lechaina, while the coastal forest, the wetland of Strofylia, is in the north, in the Municipality of Achaia. Basically, it is a network of lagoons, lakes, bogs and forests, across the northwest coasts of Peloponnese.
The lake is located in the Forest of Strofylia and along the Prokopou lagoon, the lake-bog Lamia and the lake Papa is protected by the Ramsar Convention.
Kotychi is an important rest place for a lot of migratory birds, such as herons, glossy ibis, swallows, hoopoes, hawks, turtledoves, terns etc.
The name is due to the fact that during antiquity, it was believed that the lords of the sea,who were scaring the seamen that were passing by the neighbouring sea region, were going forth from a cave, which was in these mountains, so the location of the cave was named Back Mountains.
Such mountains derived from limestones. They constitute part of the Forest of Strofylia ecosystem that is protected by the Ramsar Convention. In this very place, are situated the villages Araxos and Paralimni, as well as the Hot springs of Araxos and the famous sandy beach Gianiskari. They are extended between the forest of Strofylia, the lagoons of Araxos (Papa) and Prokopou, the Gulf of Patras and the Ionian Sea.
Ancient Dyme is located at a distance of 5 km. from Kalogria Beach. Goddess Athena was the protector of the city, which was also called Kleidouchos. The entire area took its name from Dyme, country of Dyme, while the name comes from Dymas, who was considered the founder of the city.
Oebotas was from Dyme, but his fellow citizens did not honour him for his victory, so he cursed them to never win again in Olympic Games. This had been happening up to the point when he was given the honours he deserved and the curse was lifted. Pataikoswas another Olympian medallistof the 71st Olympic Games of 496 B.C,who was from this city.
During antiquity, on the outskirts of the city, there was the tomb of Sostratos, friend of Hercules, while the tomb was constructed by the legendary hero himself. In the city, there was also a temple of Athena from Larissa, which, as Pausanias mentions, at the time that he visited the area, had already been ancient.
Olympia, during antiquity was a sacred place dedicated to Zeus. In this place, every four years the Olympic Games were carried out in his honour. The first Olympic Games were carried out in 776 B.C. During the games, it was agreed that truce would prevail all over Greece. The holding of the games ended in 393 B.C by the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius, because they were considered pagan ceremonies. The games were revived in 1896 by Coubertin. These games are considered the first contemporary Olympic Games and their site of revival was as was anticipated Ancient Olympia.
Some of the most notable monuments and buildings that someone can visit are the temple of Olympian Zeus, the temple of Hera, the Council house (Bouleuterion), the Prytaneion, the ancient Stadium, the Palestra (wrestling school), the Echo Hall, the altar of Zeus, the south hall, the Greek baths, the treasures, the hippodrome etc.
It is imperative to visit the museum, where there is stored a variety of findings that the archaeological excavations brought into light at the location of Ancient Olympia.