In this blog you will find a lot of useful information about the island of Crete and how to visit it. As also about the private daytrips I’ve organised, so you can live with me the real Cretan life. Information about these daytrips you will find on the right hand side under pages, Live Crete Alive daytrips.
And in case you are still looking for a place to stay, have a look at my post about Fodele Relax.
The 2 ‘livecretealive exclusive day trips’ I want to provide are nearly ready, I only have to collect some of the attributes needed. Yes attributes, because these are no sit, visit, listen and look day trips, it are do, feel, experience and learn day trips with a lot of fun and NO STRESS AT ALL.
When you’re in Crete at the beginning of May you see this kind of tree with it’s yellow fruit everywhere. It has a yellow fruit that has a sweet taste when it’s ripe.
It’s one of the few fruit trees that cary ripe fruit at that time of the year and it is very easy to eat. You should peel the fruit and eat its flesh, it has some dark brown seeds inside that you should not eat.
The video below shows you more about these loquats.
It’s December, time to harvest the olives! It is since the 1960’s that Crete has lots and lots of olive trees, some say 30 milion, others say 35 milion, well it will be somewhere inbetween these 2 numbers. Olive trees don’t always carry a lot of olives, like all fruit trees, the one year the harvest of a tree is huge, the next year it’s medium and the next year usually even less and then it starts all over again.
Families in Crete can have over 5000 olive trees and imagine having to harvest them all, that is an amazing job so these families hire groups of people who have the full equipment to harvest olives, as you can see in the small video below
This is a quit hard job but as long as the weather is fine people enjoy it, they work together outside in nature, take a break to have a coffee or lunch under the trees and then start harvesting again. Everyone has his own task, some people put the nets under the trees, others work with the oliviera, others gather the olives, others seperate them from the twigs and leaves and others put them in the jute bags. It’s when it starts raining or snowing that the work starts to be really hard and difficult!
It can take weeks or months to gather all the olives. The olive harvest usualy ends at the end of February and then it is time to prune the trees. Also a job that takes some time to be done, so olive farmers are busy all winter long.
And ofcourse as soon as the first olives are harvested they are brought to the olive press where that very healthy and tasty olive oil is made. After the olives are pressed the oil has to rest for about one month to be ready to consume so every year in January the new olive oil is ready to be tasted and sold.