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Olive oil tour

Created with Sketch. Carretera Ardales Ronda A-367, Km 39.5, Ronda, Spain
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Duration

1 hour, Start: 10:00-19:00

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English, Español, Français

Overview

This is a project of oleotourism and ecological agriculture that offers a guided tour of approximately 1 hour along an itinerary surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, with “surprises” designed by PHILIPPE STARCK.

Our Olive Oil Tour is perfect for those who want to know a little more about the history of olive cultivation, its phases and planting frameworks as well as the production of the oil and its manufacturing process.

Also visitors will be able to enjoy a tasting of organic olive oils from different varieties of olives at the end of the itinerary.

One of the star products of Spanish cuisine is olive oil, in which interest has grown in recent years to become one of the most experiential attractions of Spain. Oleotourism represents a lifestyle that combines culture, nature and gastronomy. Spain is the country with the most olive hectares in the world. Oleotourism is one of the best ways to get to know oil’s new culture and in that sense, we will offer the opportunity to learn and discover:

  • Tour of the olive groves in its 3 plantation frameworks: Traditional, Intensive and Superintensive.
  • The harvesting of olive trees (from October to December)
  • The properties of extra virgin olive oil
  • The production process of organic olive oil inside a beautiful “almazara” (olive mill)
  • Oil quality: what olive oils are (refined ones), what virgin olive oils are and about the extra virgin variety (pressed olives)
  • Partake an oil-tasting and learn how to pair them gastronomically. Enjoy your vacation with us.
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Entrance
Entrance

The gate to enter is large enough for the entrance of multiple vehicles and allows for bus manoeuvres. The road to the parking lot is made up three roundabouts with centuries-old olive trees.

Parking lot and photo exhibition
Parking lot and photo exhibition

Once the visitor enters the property they will find a parking lot with a surface of 3000m2 designed by Stefano Robotti. There will be an exceptional photo exhibition displaying works of several renowned artists. The artwork may be purchased by visitors at the end of the itinerary.

Greenhouse-Beginning and end of the itinerary
Greenhouse-Beginning and end of the itinerary

The itinerary begins at the Greenhouse, which combines different spaces and includes an artisan oil mill, a bottling machine and a labeling machine, as well as a projection room, gastronomy bar, shop, tasting room and two terraces. To begin the visit, a five-minute video will be shown that explains the history and origin of olive oil, as well as the production process.

Greenhouse-Beginning and end of the itinerary
Greenhouse-Beginning and end of the itinerary

The visits end at the Greenhouse, where the visitor can enjoy a tasting of organic olive oil from the different varieties of olives. It includes a store where you can buy everything from olive oils, vinegars to amenities related to the product.

Organic garden
Organic garden

The tour continues in the organic garden where we can find a wide variety of products such as tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and carrots.
The visitor will learn about the vegetable production cycle and the different cultivation techniques. All foods are 100% organic and will be available for purchase in the store at the end of the tour.

Philippe starck´s surprise
Philippe starck´s surprise

Upon finishing the visit to the vegetable garden, the itinerary continues along a red gravel path where visitors will find the first Philippe Starck’s Surprise , a unique mirror positioned in such a way where they will simultaneously become actors and spectators.

Ecological vineyard
Ecological vineyard

Visitors will also get to know an organic vineyard of cultivated grapes that will be of the “Pinot Noir” variety.
Michel Rolland, one of the most reputable and influential winemakers in the world, will be in charge of the production of the organic wine.

The symbol
The symbol

Upon leaving the vineyard, visitors will enjoy the views through the second Philippe Starck’s Surprise, a vertical iron sculpture that represents the silhouette and shadows of the El Toro Museum. Visitors can see the surrounding countryside through the red eye made of glass and with the perspective of the porthole.

The great mirror of the exploded universe
The great mirror of the exploded universe

Following the route, visitors will find another Philippe Starck’s Surprise, a mirror between trees within an area struck by lightning, discovering the reflection of a sky in pieces as if it were fragmented by the magic of an enchanting wizard.

The living room of freshness
The living room of freshness

Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit a fruit orchard along the way, There is a wide variety of fruit trees types including orange, quince, peach, plum, lemon, apple and fig.
Brief explanations will be given to all visitors about the characteristics of the different fruit trees.

Hidden within the fruit garden, the visitor will have the opportunity to enjoy a “magic room” with no walls, floor or ceiling. They will be offered the opportunity to participate in the experience of entering this fantastic world by taking off their shoes and submerging themselves in a mirror of water and resting in comfortable armchairs.

Doña lola chapel
Doña lola chapel

The itinerary includes a small chapel to the XIX century and has been recently renovated. The chapel was donated by the widow Doña Lola, at the order of the Salesians, the former owners of the estate. In addition to this, We offers the possibility of holding ceremonies in the chapel and the option to continue later in the Greenhouse or El Cortijo.

The framed world
The framed world

Following the itinerary, visitors will have the chance to catch a breath and momentarily sit to gaze through an iron structure that captures the essence of the Grazalema mountain range as if it were cut out of the horizon in a frame.

Path through olive trees varieties
Path through olive trees varieties

The Path Through Olive Trees Varieties is one of the most fascinating place of the itinerary, where the visitor will find up to twenty-five varieties of olive trees from Spain, Greece, Portugal and other countries.

Each type of olive tree will have its own signage, educating visitors about its heritage and the main characteristics of each variety.

Centennial olive trees, carlota square
Centennial olive trees, carlota square

The Plaza de la Carlota marks the end of the olive tree variety pathway where visitors will find a rectangular concrete structure with olive trees from the XIX century planted in a bed of rosemary and lavender surrounded by a perimeter of cypresses.

The screen of imagination
The screen of imagination

Exterior screen where the production methods of organic olive oil are projected.

Included/Excluded

  • Includes a guided tour of approximately 1 hour around the farm through nature, surprises and sculptures with a tasting of organic oils.
  • Possibility to enjoy a lunch among olive trees or in one of terraces with spectacular views.
  • This service is not included in the tour.

Durations

0 – 3 hours

Languages

English
Español
Français

Start Time

10:00
11:00
17:00
19:00

Time

Evening (5pm-12am)
Morning (5am-12pm)

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Carretera Ardales Ronda A-367, Km 39.5, Ronda, Spain

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