There are many restaurants and taverns in Olympia, the main avenue is lined with them, which offer standard tourist meals at mildly inflated prices in high season - some caf s have positively Athenian prices - but there is a growing number of fast-food nearside caf s which are often far better value. The two restaurants of the Hotel Europa are far superior to most restaurants in town, but check to see if the excellent Kladhios restaurant has reopened. If you have a car, the family-operated Taverna Bacchus, some 5km (3 miles) outside Olympia in the village of Miraka, has long served up excellent country cooking. Phone first (tel. 26240/22-498) to make sure the Bacchus is open the night you want to go. The Klimataria Taverna in Kokkin s village, a few kilometres northeast, is also recommended. For picnics, bread from the bakery 2km along on the road to Krestena is very good.