What does an olive tree and UNESCO have in common?
Just 10 km from the tiny fishing village of Mochlos, Crete, is the Azorias site, where you can see a very special olive tree that dates back to the time when the Minoans lived on the island.
In 1995, this tree was declared an international monument by Unesco with the aim to preserve its ancient heritage from extinction.
The name “Agoria” comes from the Greek language and means “gathering”, referring to the gatherings that have taken place here throughout history.
Where is The Azorias Site in Crete?
The olive tree in Azorias is not only a place of natural beauty, but also one of the most important monuments in Crete. This ancient olive tree is located between Agios Nikolaos and Sitia and is considered to be one of the oldest (if not the oldest) olive tree in the world.
In fact, it is more than 3,000 years old and has provided people with olives since ancient times.
It has been recognized as “monumental” by the Association of Cretan Olive Communities (SEDIK). The knotted and wizened old tree is truly a sight to behold.
Why Visit the Azorias Site with your Family?
This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to make a real connection with the past – take a day trip to see a tree that predates Christianity and enjoy the traditional villages that dot the mountains in this part of Crete!
The Use of Olives
Olives are one of the most popular, but also most misunderstood fruits. There are many types of olives and they can be used in everything from appetizers to main dishes. Olives are always trendy because they can be combined with so many different flavors and styles of cuisine.
It’s easy to incorporate them into your own cooking at home, or use them as a garnish on any dish that needs a little extra flavor! The health benefits of olives come from their high monounsaturated fat content, which helps to lower blood pressure.
Olives have been a staple in the Mediterranean diet for centuries. In recent years, they have become popular in other parts of the world as well. There are many different types and uses for olives.
Greek Olive Oil Farms and Online Family Cooking Classes
Greek cuisine has been around for thousands of years. It is usually prepared with fresh ingredients and can be eaten in many different ways. There are many variations of dishes, but all contain some type of meat or seafood, vegetables, legumes, grains or nuts.
Nothing is more satisfying than the aroma of fresh garlic, oregano and olive oil. The traditional way to eat Greek dishes is to serve them on a plate with lots of olive oil and lemon juice, and herbs like oregano and parsley.
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Greek olive farms have also been a part of the Mediterranean diet since ancient times. There is even evidence that olives were grown in Greece as early as 5300 BC! Greek olive farming has evolved over time, bringing new methods and technologies.
One example of this is the development of an automatic harvesting machine that no longer requires human labor as it did in the past. This innovation helps to keep production costs low while maintaining high quality standards – a win-win situation!
If you want to explore a traditional olive farm, check out our tour “Family Visit to a Traditional Olive Oil Farm in Crete”.
UNESCO’s Other Sites in Greece
UNESCO World Heritage Sites are fascinating vacation destinations because of their importance as cultural and natural sites. There are currently 1,007 sites listed worldwide, each with a unique history.
Greece is a treasure trove of history and culture and is home to a large number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These sites have been deemed so important to cultural heritage that they are considered irreplaceable, and many are still unknown to most people.
We recently researched this and wrote a blog post about the best UNESCO’s sites in Greece. Be sure to read it before you visit Greece for some family inspiration!