Olive trees of thousands of years of age still fructifying!


The olive tree of Vouves is considered to be the oldest tree in the world, being over 3000 years old!

The cultural and historical heritage of Crete has an element that is now attempted to be developed and become known in the world: the olive trees being thousands years old! The effort that commenced a few years ago by the Association of Olive-growing Municipalities of Crete, the Technical Educational Institute (TEI), and cultural institutions, enjoying the support of various municipalities and the Region, is now beginning to bear fruits. The existence of the oldest olive tree in the world, the famous olive tree of Vouves, in Chania, Crete, has been already recognized and the tree is still fruitful, although it is more than 3000 years old!

The effort to record the ancient, monumental olive trees in Crete continues, before some of these – as has unfortunately happened already… – face the destiny of firewood…

From the information collected by the various institutions posted on the web page of the Association of Olive-growing Municipalities of Crete, we present some of the ancient olive trees in Crete.

Olive tree of Vouves in Kissamos

It is considered to be the oldest tree in the world, is 3000 – 5000 years old and it still bears fruits! The Association of Olive-growing Municipalities of Crete (SEDIK) has declared the olive tree “monumental” due to the particular shape and the exceptional aesthetic of the texture of its trunk.

This olive tree is located at the position of Pano Vouves in the Municipal District of Vouves of the Municipality of Kolymvarioi (coordinates N 35o 29,212 – EO 23o 47,217 – altitude 272 m), belongs to Mr. Panag. Karapatakis who ceded it to the Municipality of Kolymvarioi, and it belongs to the Mastoid variety which locals call it Tsounati, vaccinated in wild olive subject.

The trunk of the tree has an excellent texture with a special aesthetic. Its surface, being a real piece of art, shows various shapes which look like bizarre forms of faces and objects!

The tree has been declared a Natural Monument, and a kotinos (wreath) of this tree, which was cut during special ceremonies, crowned the first winner of men’s Marathon at Athens Olympic Games in 2004.

The trunk of the tree at a height of 0.9m above the ground has a maximal diameter of 3.70m and a perimeter of 8.10m, while the base of the tree has a maximal diameter of 4.53m and a perimeter of 12.55m.

Every year the tree is visited by thousands of visitors from all over the world among which there are many Ministers, officials and important Scientists from foreign countries.