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Ancient Olive Grove Hiking

Ancient Olive Grove Hiking

Product Code : 2540

About The Place

The Amfissa Olive Grove stands as one of the country’s most ancient, boasting a history that spans an impressive 3,000 years. Archaeological evidence suggests that wild olives were being gathered here as far back as the Neolithic Age. However, according to certain accounts, it was the Pelasgians who initially cultivated olive trees in this region during prehistoric times. Despite the passage of numerous civilizations, the essence of the land’s use has remained unaltered. Expansive and encompassing 5,500 hectares, the Olive Grove is home to around 1,200,000 trees. Stretching from the town of Amfissa to the Corinthian Gulf, and from the village Erateini to Kirra, it forms Greece’s largest continuous olive grove, a significant facet of the renowned Delphi Landscape.

This single cultivation, non-linear plantation is adorned with aged trees, 70% of which surpass the remarkable age of 150 years. These trees exhibit deeply textured trunks, lush foliage, and some even reach impressive heights of up to 10 meters.

The olive groves comprise parcels known as “lachidia,” each separated by raised trafia berms designed to collect rainwater. In areas with slopes, the land is thoughtfully terraced.

Of special historical note, the Olive Grove is traversed by the ancient path leading to the Temple of Delphi. Below the village Chrisso, once known as ancient Krisa, the olive trees of Krisaio Pedio (Field) once hosted the Delphi Horse Racing Forum in antiquity. This was the site of the Pythian Games, a prominent athletic event that drew competitors from every corner of ancient Greece.

In our modern times, a significant portion of the Olive Grove is integrally woven into the Delphi Landscape, an esteemed UNESCO World Heritage Site.


  • Following the ancient pilgrims’ steps

  • Part of E4 European path

  • Famous Olive Grove, protected by UNESCO, more than 1.5 million olive trees

  • Discover all about the olive culture

  • Distance 6km.

  • Altitude difference:-550m

  • Terrain: rocky path

Total Duration

  • 4 Hours

Full description

Embarking on a historical hiking expedition, we traverse the ancient trail that once connected the port of ancient Kirra with the revered Oracle of Delphi.

Our journey commences with a descent along a scenic path, followed by a rural road leading us to the outskirts of Chrisso village. In ancient times, the city of Crissa served as a haven for the esteemed visitors seeking guidance from the oracle.

In the footsteps of those ancient pilgrims, we venture further into the heart of the renowned Crisaean olive grove, a remarkable landscape recognized by UNESCO for its unparalleled beauty, boasting over 1.5 million olive trees. Immersed in this breathtaking setting, we behold the captivating scenery, observing the silver-green foliage of the olive trees as it transforms with the shifting daylight. The majestic centennial trees, their trunks naturally sculpted over time, leave us in awe. In the shade of an ancient chapel, we indulge in a delectable olive snack, savoring the flavors while discovering the art of olive cultivation. We delve into the symbolism behind the olive tree, a universal emblem of immortality, wisdom, and abundance.

As we traverse this ancient path, we not only relish the captivating landscapes but also uncover the fascinating tales woven within the ancient traditions of this olive-rich region.

What to Bring

  • Hiking shoes (obligatory)

  • Comfortable clothes

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Hat , sunglasses, sunblock

  • Small backpack

  • Personal bottle of water (1L)


  • English speaking guide

  • Transfer back to Delphi

  • Snack

  • Taxes


  • Basic physical condition
  • Age 8 to 75 years


  • Meeting time 09.00
  • End of activity 13.00

Meeting point

Cafe Melopoleio, on the east entrance of Delphi

Cancellation Policy - Flexible

  • Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
  • In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
  • Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds

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