Greek Olive Oil
Olive trees… through the years06-03-2013 14:20The olive tree has been the symbol of wisdom and peace from the Ancient period till nowadays. An olive tree branch was the gift given to the winners of the Ancient Olympic Games, as a symbol of the vitality that was transmitted to the recipient through the branch.
The great poet Homer refered to olive oil as «liquid gold», while Solon, the Athenian lawmaker, introduced a protection law that prohibited the cutting down of olive trees. Hercules was protected by wearing a wreath of olive leaves upon his head, while the Roman soldiers were rewarded after the battles with crowns of olive.
Olive oil is used by Greek Orthodox Christians during baptisms and blessing ceremonies.
Odysseas Elytis, a nobel prize winner Greek poet wrote that “Greece is a vine, an olive tree and a boat”, giving the best definition for this country… But he was not the only one to speak of the olive trees and oil in that way. Thomas Jefferson wrote that the olive tree is surely the richest gift of heaven! Federico Garcia Lorca said “Angels with long braids and hearts of olive oil” spreading more the fame of this blessed tree around the world.
We have been choosing Parea Tavern for our meals and dinners for 14 years! Every time someone from Touristorama travels to the island of Santorini, he enjoys authentic Greek cuisine at the terrace of this restaurant in the heart of Fira. And we are not the only ones. Thousands of tourists include it among their favorites on the volcanic island.
The Marmita Restaurant is now a part of the history of Santorini, since it has been operating in Megalochori since 2004. From 2013 it s been running under the observation of new owner Giannis Manikas and the sense of renewal is obvious.
It opened in 2004 and soon became one of the favourite dining spots in Santorini. It is called Metaxy mas which means.. between us, but it is not a secret any more that this restaurant has a rich menu with almost 40 different dishes and appetizers based on traditional Greek cuisine.
Explore the fascinating volcanic island of Santorini the way you want it yourself! Enjoy a unique accommodation experience, with huge doses of privacy and luxury by choosing to stay in Incognito Villa.
Touristorama has been travelling all around Greece and its islands for over a decade. This year, during our trip to Naxos, the biggest of the Cyclades complex, we discovered an interesting spot, perfect for your night out on the island… which is what we do best: finding the best places and then propose you should visit them! Prime is a Scandinavian Bar, located on a privileged position in Chora of Naxos, opposite the port. It’s been operating for 21 years and enjoys a great fame to both foreign and local tourists.
Like a relay race of three generations; a journey with happy days, sad days, joys, sorrows, wars, Occupation, poverty, hunger, deaths, volcanic eruptions, catastrophic earthquakes, flee for a better life, return, better days, feasts, tourism explosion, financial crises and so on… Everything has been indelibly inscribed on the walls of this small building, Aktaion. I feel grateful that life has given me the opportunity to hold the reins of Aktaion all the way to its centennial.
Still thinking of the presents you'll buy for the beloved ones back home? Well, all women would appreciate if you offered her organic cosmetics made of Greek olive oil, so take our suggestion seriously!
Sparta is a beautiful area full of olive trees, so in this place is the home of the Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil.
Nothing is more characteristic of Greece –except for its splendid beaches- than the huge areas of olive trees that grow in both valleys and mountainous regions of the country. According to the Greek...
The International Olive Oil Council developed three types of olive oil: the extra virgin, the virgin and the pure olive oil. Learn more details about these three types of Greek olive oil and their characteristics.