Katákolon, Greece

April 11, 2012

Katákolon is a small, picturesque fishing village with a nice harbor that is best known as the gateway to Olympia.  For this visit we chose an excursion called ‘Magna Grecia Farm Visit’.  When we walked out to our bus we were pleasantly surprised to see that Kriton, our guide from the Acropolis, would be our guide today.  We had a bus ride of 30 minutes or so out into the agricultural region.  The main crop visible at this time of year is olive orchards.

Magna Gecia farm is in a business new to us:  agritourism.  They grow grapes, strawberries and olives, plus much of what they use in their kitchen to feed the tourists.  They make their own wine and olive oil.  In addition they have a few farm animals which are interesting to watch.

When we arrived we were greeted with a choice of ouzo or wine.  We then learned about olive growing and harvesting.  A new fact for us is that pruning of the trees takes place as a result of harvesting the green olives.  We also learned how to tell the difference between a regular olive tree and a kalamata olive tree (it’s in the appearance of the leaves).

Following this we had our lunch, which was wonderful.  It included wine and strawberries from the farm, plus some wonderful feta cheese, among other things.  At the end of the meal they gave each of us a shot of grappa, a brandy made from grape skins that have previously been used in making wine.  This grappa had been flavored with honey and cinnamon, and was wonderful.  As we were finishing our eating, a couple of the staff demonstrated Syrtaki dancing.

After lunch we had time to wander around the property and enjoy the farm animals and wild flowers.

The excursion to Magna Grecia farm was a very pleasant change from all the ruins we’ve been seeing, and very relaxing.

The final set of photos in the album show the village of Katákolon.

                                                                            Magna Grecia Farm

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