The Routes of the Olive Tree pay homage to the olive tree, which has laid its mark not only on the landscape, but also on the mythology and life of the people living around the Mediterranean. Following this Cultural Route of the Council of Europe, visit the emblematic 14-meter-high “Mana” (mother) Olive Tree of Kalamata, an off-the-beaten-track symbol of the city that stands for hundreds of years, reminding everyone of the close relationship between the cultures of the Mediterranean and the olive tree. Located outside the National Agricultural Research Foundation, “Mana” was declared a Nature Conservation Monument by ministerial decree in 1980. The trunk’s perimeter is approximately nine meters wide and it is estimated to be between 800-850 years old.
As you make your way along the Routes of the Olive Tree, stop to visit one of the most comprehensive collections of Greek traditional costumes: the Victoria Karelias Collection of Traditional Greek Costumes comprises a stunning collection of complete outfits and jewelry from all over Greece, offering an enchanting journey through history, culture, aesthetics and art.