Biking The Ancient Olive Grove
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.
Enjoy an invigorating biking ride in Delphi valley
Ancient Olive grove protected by UNESCO, with more than 1.5 million olive trees
Discover all about the olive culture and taste local olives
Terrain: 90% rural asphalt road, 10% rural dirt road
Suitable for everyone who rides a bike.
- 3 Hours
Embark on an exhilarating biking adventure through the renowned ancient olive grove in the picturesque Delphi valley.
Our biking journey commences at the esteemed archaeological site of Delphi, precisely at the temple of Athena Pronaia. As we venture forth, we find ourselves immersed in the heart of the Crisaean field olive grove, where majestic centennial trees proudly display their naturally sculpted trunks.
It is truly captivating to witness the ever-changing hues of the olive trees’ silver-green foliage, a spectacle that evolves with the passing of time throughout the day. Along our route, we pass by the charming St. George chapel, its presence adorned by the tall, unmistakably Greek cypress trees, all while soaking in the enchanting surroundings.
Upon reaching the riverbed of the tranquil River Plistos, we take a well-deserved break in the company of a traditional stone fountain and the refreshing shade provided by a magnificent plane tree. Here, under nature’s canopy, we indulge in a delectable snack comprising local olives, feta cheese, and freshly baked bread, tantalizing our taste buds with authentic flavors.
Our biking excursion continues as we pedal onward to the coastal town of Itea, historically known as the ancient port of Kirra, a scenic stretch covering an additional five kilometers.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Delphi valley as you traverse this ancient olive grove on a captivating biking journey that blends history, nature, and the joy of exploration.
What to Bring
Hiking or runner shoes
Hat, sunglasses, sunblock
Personal bottle of water
English speaking guide
All necessary gear for the operation of the activity (helmet & MT Bike)
Transfer back to starting point
- Basic physical condition
- Age 10 to 75 years
- Knowledge of cycling
- Meeting time 09.00
- End of activity 12.00 - 12.30
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