Type of Tour
Departure - Destination
Niguelas, nearby Granada - Niguelas, nearby Granada
Number of participants
Olives & Olive oil
Andalusia is the world’s largest producer of olive oil and its flavour is basic to the region’s cooking. Starting at breakfast, when toasted bread is drizzled in virgin oil to eat with morning coffee.
Since ancient times, the olive has been one of the finest examples of recycling and respect for nature. Each by-product can be used; the wood from the tree, the leaves, the fruit and the actual extract itself. Andalusia boasts one of the most important olive crops in the world. Estimated at providing more than seventy million workdays, nowadays it is widely accepted that this region produces 20% of the world’s total olive oil production.
Would you like to know more about this “golden liquid”?
We offer you a visit to an organic olive farm nearby Granada!
José will pick you up at the entrance of the white village Niguelas, about 35 minutes’ ride from Granada in the Lecrin valley, at the foot of Sierra Nevada. He will take you first to an ancient olive oil mill, one of the oldest and best preserved in southern Europe! This mill was in operation from the 15th century until the second decade of the 20th century. Here the traditional machinery is exhibited, and it is a good example of the different types of mills that have been used throughout history. You will see a Roman mill which was powered by animals who turned it anticlockwise, and the the mill that was powered by water. Farming tools, bric-a-brac belonging to local peasants and all necessary utensils for extracting oil are also on display here.
Afterwards you will walk towards Josés’ organic farm, where you can see the centenary Lechin olive trees planted by the Moors next to the youngest and most famous Andalusian Picual olive trees. Of course, you will get to taste some different olive oils as well, and in the olive season (October to March) you can also visit the modern olive mill, where the olive oil is obtained nowadays.
This olive tour will take about 4 hours, depending on your rythm, questions, and if you like to extend the excursion with an easy, short and beautiful walk out of the village of about 1 hour.
The olive tour includes:
- Entrance ancient olive oil mill (the money for the entrance will get to the foundation Zayas, to provide quality assistance to the elderly and other disadvantaged social groups, seeking their integration and social welfare, thus contributing to a fairer and more egalitarian society)
- English speaking Guide José
- Tasting of different ecoligical olive oils