Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil Tours

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.

Practical Info

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.
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Address: 129 Othonos-Amalias St, Sparta, Laconia, Peloponnese 231 00, Greece
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Hours: Open daily Mar–Oct 15 10am–6pm; Oct 16–Feb 10am–5pm
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Admission: Adults: €3; Concessions: €1.5
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Small-Group Day Trip to Mystras from Kalamata

Head out of Kalamata for the day to explore the fascinating towns of Mystras and Sparta. Enjoy the scenery during the transfer in the comfortable automobile. Perfect for those coming from a cruise ship! Get picked up at your port in Kalamata, Kardamili or Pylos Area (Costa Navarino).
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Small-Group Day Trip to Sparta from Kalamata

Enjoy a full-day adventure to the city of Sparta, which features prominently in Greek history.  Begin the 2-hour 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, small-group tour.
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