“The Routes of the Olive Tree” is a cultural travelogue that was established through the initiative of the Messinia Chamber of Commerce in 1999. It was continued with routes to 22 Mediterranean and European olive oil-producing countries, while it was recognized as a World Cultural Route. It should be noted that “The Routes of the Olive Tree” was even able to open the closed Algerian-Morocco border.
It is a ramble that symbolically begins every year from Nestor’s Palace in Ancient Pylos, where clay tablets of Linear B script was discovered, with the ideogram of the olive tree, and continues by road around the Mediterranean to draw closer the people of the Mediterranean – the people of the olive tree. The olive tree that embraces them, and has fed them for centuries and today opens new communication links through the trails of its own culture and its own history.This is an endeavor to promote the culture of the olive tree and the timeless value of olive oil-based products for mankind internationally through cultural events and other activities inspired by the history of the olive tree and its future, which plans to create viable conditions for the development of the olive-oil producing regions.
“The Routes of the Olive Tree” was recognized by UNESCO in 2003 as the “2nd Cultural Route in the World” and by the Council of Europe in 2005 as the “Great European Cultural Route”.
You can find more details in the following website: www.olivetreeroute.gr.