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Olive Harvest in Croatia

Olives are the matter of pride in Croatia

Best time: mid-October

Olive Harvest
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October is olive harvesting time—a tradition that dates back here to the times of Roman Empire. The methods and means haven't changed much since then. If you want to become a Croatian farmer for just a day, wake up before dawn and go off to the fields. No matter if you hand pick olives or shake them down from the tree, there is certain magic in that whole process.

The Istria region of Croatia is especially famous for its olive oil production. You can visit its south-west coast to see the 1600-year-old olive tree on Veliki Brijuni island in Pula that shows the roots of this long tradition. There are also many modern farms that are open for visitors, like Brist and Chiavalon organic olive oil farm in Vodnjan.

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When is the ideal time to witness the olive harvest event in Croatia?

The olive harvesting season in Croatia is between mid-October and early December. It is the ideal time to witness the centuries-old olive harvesting tradition in action. To have an unforgettable experience and immerse yourself into Croatian culture, plan a visit between mid-October and November. Show more

On which Croatian island is the 1600-year-old olive tree located?

The 1600-year-old olive tree is situated on Veliki Brijuni Island, along the southwest coast of the Istria region in Pula. The island represents a unique historical significance that contributes to Croatia's reputation for producing high-quality olive oil. The island is accessible by boat or ferry, and tourists can visit the tree and explore the island's rich history. Show more

What is the cultural and historical importance of olive harvesting in Croatia?

Olive harvesting is an integral part of Croatia's history and culture and dates back to ancient Roman times. Croatia's high-quality olive oil is well-known worldwide for its unique nutritional value. Olive trees also have profound respect in Croatia, symbolizing peace, prosperity, and fertility. They have become an enduring symbol of Croatia's cultural and historical identity. Show more

What are the two primary olive harvesting methods used in Croatia?

In Croatia, manual picking and mechanical shaking are the two primary methods used for olive harvesting. Manual picking is the traditional method, where farmers handpick olives from the trees. For larger farms, mechanical shakers are used, which shake the branches, collecting the fallen olives. The olives are then processed to yield high-quality olive oil, popular not only in Croatia but worldwide. Show more

Can tourists participate in olive harvesting activities in Croatia?

Participating in olive harvesting activities in Croatia is possible and makes for a unique cultural experience. Farms such as Brist and Chiavalon organic olive oil farms in Vodnjan welcome tourists to take part in the harvesting process. To avoid any inconveniences, it is advisable to contact the farm beforehand to make arrangements and ensure participation. Expect a memorable experience. Show more

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