A 5-hr autumn/winter activity at the village of Pera Orinis, just outside Nicosia. We'll arrange to meet at down town Nicosia and drive to Pera Orinis, where you will experience and learn about sustainable olive-picking practices, along with a traditional home-made meal. We will meet at our arranged meeting point at start time, and make our way to Pera Orinis, with a light chat on the political-economic-historical background of Cyprus and the importance of olive trees. After a short drive, we’ll arrive at Pera Orinis, where we'll meet my mum. We'll start with refreshments and once ready we’ll set up the family’s specialist equipment for olive-picking. We’ll learn about and pick olives for 2-3 hours in the traditional and sustainable way. We'll have a traditional meal in the field, usually consisting of a main dish and local tapas, and you'll have the opportunity to taste olive-based products. You can choose one olive-based product to take home with you as a gift from us, and we are happy to provide local recipes, if you wish to! We'll head back to downtown Nicosia shortly after our meal, where the experience ends. We’ll drop you off at our original meeting point. In case you'd like to participate to this experience on different dates/times, don't hesitate to contact us, and we'll adjust our availability. Can't wait to meet you!
I am an early-career scientist (geographer) interested in environmental conservation and sustainability. Coming from Cyprus, I've lived and studied in the UK and US and got inspired from my travels. Efforts for the survival and preservation of olive and carob trees began 3 years ago in family land passed down to my mum over the last 200 years. My mum, Ziannet (https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/272393178) is a local expert, economist in profession, who has managed her land for years, and is interested in ecotourism and sustainable practices. The initiative Olives&Carobs was recently created by my mum and I, in hopes to revitalise the trees and raise awareness about their high natural, nutritional and economic value, whilst pursuing a positive impact in the community.
Traditional home-made meal in the field. This typically consists of a traditional main dish, accompanied by local tapas and…
Traditional coffee or soft drinks will be provided in the fields. Water to refill your bottles will be provided through out…
Ride from/to down town Nicosia to/from Pera Orinis.
We will be using the family's specialist equipment during olive-picking, such as nets and picking sticks and harvester.
We'll spend our time in inherited family land at the village of Pera Orinis, just outside Nicosia. Olive-picking at Pera Orinis has been a family activity for the past years, whilst the production of olive oil was a major source of income for my grandparents. The small house by the fields is also available for your convenience, built to support field activities through the years.
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Sustainable Olive-picking in Pera Orinis