History of Katakolon

Katakolon is a seaside town, with a rich history, that the nature generously donated it many of its beauties. Picturesque, with intense traditional color Katakolon welcomes today at the Port its visitors while giving many options for enjoyable holidays. It is built near the ruins of Ancient Pheias, while at the entrance there is dominated the old raisin’s warehouse which then was used for storing raisins that was leaving by boat to the west.
Katakolon port was built in the 19th century for the export of raisins to Europe. During the same period and for the same reason the railway line to Pyrgos was constructed in order to transfer the products faster from the rest of Ilia. This was the first railway line that operated in Greece. Today raisin’s warehouse buildings have been restored and turned into cafes and taverns.
Katakolon and the surrounding area is a beautiful tourist resort that combines mountain, green nature and sea. This is the most important gateway of Greece from the Western Mediterranean. Over Katakolon the site of St. Andrew and Pontikokastro stand proudly to remind its rich history. Just south of Katakolon and 12 km away there stands Pyrgos, the capital of the prefecture of Ilia, where you can admire the modern market and its monuments.