Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil (Mouseio Elias kai Ellinikou Ladiou) Tours
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The cultivation of olives and the production of olive oil have been vitally important to Greece for centuries and hills covered in silver-leafed olive trees form an iconic part of the landscape. The country’s homage to its most important crop opened in 2002 in Laconia, one of its main olive-producing regions, and offers an informative take on the cultural and economic importance of olives as well as taking visitors step by step through the process of producing olive oil, soap and other by-products. As well as ancient amphorae used for transporting olive oil, mill stones and flat-bottomed Byzantine storage jars, highlights of the exhibition include clay tablets from the 14th century BC, which are inscribed with the health-giving properties of olive oil.
A variety of olive presses from all across Greece date from ancient times right up to the industrial age and include examples powered by water, steam, diesel and even by animal. Among the olive trees in the museum grounds are several sizeable presses, including replicas of ones from prehistoric, Classic and Byzantine times. A small store offers a range of local, organic and flavoured olive oils for sale as well as handmade soaps.
129 Othonos-Amalias St, Sparta. Open Mar¬–Oct 15 10am–6pm; Oct 16–Feb 10am–5pm. Admission adults €3, concessions €1.5. Southwest of Athens in the Peloponnese, Sparta is best reached by car from Athens; the journey is 133 miles (213 km) and takes around two hours 25 minutes hours via the E65.
Address: 129 Othonos-Amalias St, Sparta, Laconia, Peloponnese 231 00, Greece
Hours: Open daily Mar–Oct 15 10am–6pm; Oct 16–Feb 10am–5pm
Admission: Adults: €3; Concessions: €1.5
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil (Mouseio Elias kai Ellinikou Ladiou)
Head out of Kalamata for the day to explore the fascinating town of Mystras. After pickup from your hotel or port in Kalamata, Kardamili, or Pylos Area (Costa Navarino) head towards the cave of Keadas and learn about its dark past. Then it's on to Mystras to visit key landmarks including the fortified walls and other ancient ruins while listening to engaging commentary from your tour guide.
Enjoy a full-day private tour to the city of Sparta, which features prominently in Greek history. Begin the drive from Kalamata with a convenient pickup at your hotel, then ride in a comfortable, climate-controlled vehicle over the scenic Taygetos mountains. See significant sites in both modern and historic Sparta, including the Acropolis of Ancient Sparta, the Persian Gallery, the Olive Oil Museum, and more on this guided excursion.
Join us for a 7-hour guided tour, complete with olive oil and wine tasting and pairing! Start off with a guided tour around the facilities of the eco farm, find out all about our sustainable farming methods and techniques and discover the story and the people behind this great idea. Take a majestic stroll through the vineyards and olive groves. Some of the olive trees have been standing on this land for more than 500 years! Discover the history and the mentality behind organic farming. The tour of the vineyards is only available May to September. Live a unique olive oil experience and discover the rich taste and texture of fresh, extra virgin olive oil and the Greek olive varieties. Discover wine varieties unknown outside of Greece and embark on a beautiful journey through the unique Greek terroir. Our wine sommelier will guide you through the whole experience and introduce to you to the magnificent world of organic wines!
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
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Frequently Asked Questions
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What are Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil (Mouseio Elias kai Ellinikou Ladiou) hours of operation?
Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil (Mouseio Elias kai Ellinikou Ladiou) hours of operation: Open daily Mar–Oct 15 10am–6pm; Oct 16–Feb 10am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil (Mouseio Elias kai Ellinikou Ladiou)?
The best ways to experience Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil (Mouseio Elias kai Ellinikou Ladiou) are:
- Day Trip to Mystras from Kalamata
- Day Trip to Sparta from Kalamata
- Olive oil tasting & Wine tasting in Laconia, Greece!
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