THE MONUMENTAL OLIVE TREE OF KAVOUSI A walk with an archaeologist to meet the oldest lady of East Crete and visit an ancient olive mill

Τhe countryside of Kavousi presents many reference points around the history and culture of olive cultivation in Crete. While walking with our passionate archaeologist, travellers will meet the oldest and most respected lady of Eastern Crete, the 3200-year old monumental olive tree, and will visit the oldest settlement in the island that had an oil press building: Azorias, a city that has its roots back on the 7th century BC.


According to the myth, the first olive tree was a gift given by the goddess Athena to the ancient city of Athens. Another olive tree was planted by Hercules in the ancient Olympia. According to the scientific evidence, the oldest edible olives in Europe were found in the Minoan palaces of Knossos, Phaistos and Zakros, served in cups, and the cultivation of the olive in Crete goes back at least to the 3rd millennium BC. Scriptures, symbols, constructions and storage jars indicate the production of olive oil in Crete and its trade throughout the Mediterranean in all times eversince. However, the best witness for the timelessness of olive cultivation and culture are some among the thousands olives that capture the Cretan landscape today: the ancient, monumental olive trees.



  • Up to the mountains: trekking or, alternatively, driving into the “Natura” landscape.
  • The oldest lady of East Crete: visiting the ancient olive tree inside the valley of Kavousi.
  • Archaeological treasures: tour to the archeological site of Azorias (12th-6th cen. BC).
  • Tasting a local snack at a local kafeneio.


The price includes: 

  • An experienced archaeologist
  • Thematic booklet
  • First Aid kit
  • Light lunch in a traditional kafeneio
  • Water (1 lt)
  • Third Party Liability
  • Taxes


The price does not include:

  • Transport from/to your accommodation (upon request)
  • Personal Accident Insurance (upon request)
  • Beverages and drinks
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Anything not mentioned above


* This trip is a private excursion
* Necessary personal equipment: Sunscreen Oil, Hat, Sunglasses │Walking shoes│Small rucksack with your personal items
* (!) Please inform us of any dietary needs/particularities you might have (allergies, intolerances) or other health issues we have to take into consideration
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Duration: 4-6 hours (depending on whether you are going on foot or by car)
Dates: All year round
Note: With at least 3 days’ notice
Location: The Natura area of Thripti mountains (protected natural park)
Difficulty: None
Languages: English
Note: For other languages, it is possible to have an interpreter, with a supplement.
Cost: Upon request




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