Petra on Crete Lasithi

Olivetree of Kavousi


This olivetree has been classified as ‘monumental’ by the Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities, due to the large size of its trunk, and due to the vicinity to the ancient settlements of Vrontas, Kastro and of the late Minoan and down to the Archaic Phase (1350-500BC) where several artifacts related to olive oil have been uncovered.

The tree is estimated to be 3250 years old, dating it back to the Post-Palatial Minoan Period. Just imagine what this tree has seen!
The tree is located next to the road leading up from Kavusi to Azoria. In 2004, the first female winner of the marathon of the Athens Olympic Games, was wreathed by a branch of a wild root stock of this tree. It is an amazing tree, huge and very alive and healthy. At the trunk it is between 4.7 and 7 meters in diameter, the canopy is around 10 meters in diameter and the tree is almost 7 meters high.

We were the only people there, so we could just sit there and think about everything this tree has witnessed over the years. From the road next to the tree you have a beautiful view of Kavusi down below and the bay of Mirabella in the distance.

A few minutes drive past the olive tree you find Azoria , a settlement from the Archaic Phase, with even more beautiful views!

Other sights in the same area:



Ha gorge





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