Eurorando 2016 and the Thousand-year-old Olive Tree Route

06 March 2016 |

To celebrate Eurorando 2016, Grupo del 17 walking club, in collaboration with the Andalusian Mountaineering Federation, Periana town council, and the Periana Mountain Club, are organising a hike of the Thousand-year-old Olive Tree Route on Sunday 6th March.

The trail is of moderately difficulty, and has been designed so that the hiker can discover the very oldest olive trees, among which are found “Caracol” (“Snail”), named after the shape of its trunk, “Olivo de los Tres Pies” (“Three-footed Olive Tree”) and “Estantería” (“Bookcase”).

San Isidro Olive Cooperative in Periana has created the Thousand-year-old Olive Tree Route, which has as its main attraction learning about the history of this crop and seeing some of the oldest individual trees, some of which are more than 1,500 years old.

Thousand-year-old olive trees are those that have a perimeter of over 3.5 metres when measured 1.3 metres from the floor. Every extra metre of perimeter equates to the tree being between 200 and 250 years older. Some of the most long-lived individuals can be found along this route, including “El Chato” (“The Squat One”) on the Teresilla farm, which has a perimeter of 7.40 metres and is thought to be around 1,500 years old. This is possibly the oldest olive tree. There is also the 1,200 year-old tree known as “La Taquilla” (“The Shelves”) on the Pallares farm, and the thousand-year-old olive trees that are found in Rafael Molina's fields, such as “El Escenario” (“The Stage”).