Elis or Ilia is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of Western Greece and it is situated in the western part of the Peloponnese peninsula. Its capital is Pyrgos. The city of Pyrgos is located approximately 100km southwest of the city of Patras. It is the capital and the largest city of the prefecture of Ilia. Pyrgos is the trading and communication centre of the prefecture, as all public transport passes through here. The port of Kyllini nearby is a gate to the Ionian islands. The Peloponnese Peninsula has a typical Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. Rainfalls occur mostly between October and March. Ilia has great beaches that are among the longest in the country and beautiful, such as those around Amaliada. Noteworthy too are Kaiafa – famed for its healing properties and Zaharo. There are also three modest lakes at Kaiafa, Mouria and Agoulinitsa, as well as artificial lakes at Pineos and Ladonas. Most are habitats for migratory birds, eels and many species of fish.
Ilia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games with a long history dating back to the Palaeolithic Age. With archaeological sites under the UNESCO’s umbrella, castles and fortresses of historical significance and natural attractions, with hills, rivers, natural spas, beaches and lakes, visitors get a spectacular part of the world that is well worth the visit. Ancient Olympia is by far one of the most popular sites in Greece, with thousands of visitors from all over the world, eager to see and admire the place where Olympic Games where born.