Olive oil tourism: a new way to taste Catalonia

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Every day, more and more people are coming to enjoy olive oil tourism. It is a way of immersing yourself into Catalan culture through an indispensable element of the Mediterranean diet: olive oil.Olives have been a part of the Catalan landscape for millennia, and have shaped the culture of these lands. There are five protected designation of origin oils throughout Catalonia, each with its own well-defined flavour and body. Climate, soil type and variety of olives used all contribute to these different varieties. We have various local species, such as the 'argudell' from L'Empordà, or the 'morruda' from El Baix Ebre.Spread around Catalonia there are nearly a hundred producers, many of which open their facilities so you can get to know the secrets behind the liquid gold. They organize all types of activities for you to learn to smell, taste and differentiate each of the oils' finer nuances.Production techniques have evolved over the ages, but in Catalonia you can travel back in time and discover how olive oil was made centuries ago. There are over 40 olive oil mills to visit where you can learn about the basic techniques used to produce it. And if you want to learn about what the olive landscape was like years ago, in Ulldecona you will find a real gem: the greatest collection of thousand-year-old olive trees in the world.Did you know that olive oil is a great product for moisturising and exfoliating the skin? This products benefits go far beyond gastronomy, and for years it has been applied as part of beauty treatments in various Catalan spas. Olive oil will help you to feel good inside and out.What are you waiting for to live the olive oil experience?
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Olive cultivation has affected the personality of many areas in Catalonia, and has transformed its landscape. Olive oil tourism is a very authentic way to immerse yourself in Catalan culture.

Highlighted Oil Designations of Origin
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Les Borges Blanques. Olive Oil Theme Park.  (© Miguel Raurich)
Les Garrigues PDO
Les Garrigues is one of the Catalan districts with the longest tradition in the production of oil. It is for good reason that it is holder of the oldest Designation of Origin in Spain.
Press in the Olive Oil Theme Park.  (© Miguel Raurich)
Siurana PDO
In the area of El Camp de Tarragona oil has been being produced for more than a thousand years. For several years it has been the holder of the Siurana Protected Designation of Origin.
Olives. (© Pere Pons)
Terra Alta olive oil POD
In La Terra Alta, more specifically in the village of Horta de Sant Joan, is where the oldest thousand-year-old olive tree in Catalonia can be found.
Oil bottle (© Francesc Guillamet)
D.O.P. Oli del Baix Ebre i Montsià
The DOP Baix Ebre-Montsià oils are extra virgin oils produced from the morruda, sevillana and farga varieties. The Consell Rector of the Protected Designation of Origin guarantees the quality of the oil, which is the fruit of the oldest and most extensive growing area of Catalonia, with 50,000 hectares.
Garlic and oil (© Imagen M.A.S.)
Empordà olive oil PDO
El Empordà has a deep-rooted tradition of olive tree growing dating back to when the Greeks arrived in the sixth century BC and founded the settlements of Empùries and Roses.
Detail of an oil bottle. (© Lluís Carro)
Baix Ebre-Montsià olive oil PDO
The oils of El Baix Ebre and El Montsià are extra virgin oils of excellent quality which is why they were granted the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO).
Highlighted high production areas
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Church of Santa Maria    (© Servicios Editoriales Georama)
Noguera
La Noguera es la comarca más extensa de Catalunya y apenas tiene 40.000 habitantes, por lo que la tranquilidad está asegurada. Si a esto le añadimos la riqueza y variedad paisajística y los restos de la Edad Media, durante la cual la comarca tuvo una gran importancia estratégica, el resultado es de lo más atractivo.
<p>Guided visit to the Colònia</p>        (© Colònia Güell-Cripta Gaudí)
Baix Llobregat
El Baix Llobregat se caracteriza por ser una comarca especialmente festiva. Tanto en eventos religiosos como populares, los bailes y las ferias están asegurados con una oferta de eventos históricos y culturales que la hacen única en el país.
Olives in the lands of Lerida, Garrigues (© Agència Catalana de Turisme)
Cooperativa Camp de Granyena de les Garrigues
Granyena de les Garrigues has a long-standing olive producing and cooperative tradition that is perfectly reflected by the monumental mill building, Molino de la Sociedad, erected in 1857. The current cooperative was founded in 1951.
Oil bottle (© Francesc Guillamet)
Cooperativa del Camp de Vinaixa
The Cooperativa del Camp de Vinaixa comprises 340 members and has been working since 1920 to offer better local products, and in particular extra virgin olive oil as a star product.
Cooperativa Sant Isidre de les Borges Blanques
Cooperativa Sant Isidre de les Borges Blanques
Cooperativa Sant Isidre de Les Borges Blanques sells first-rate extra virgin olive oil under the brands Terrall and Arbequa in a variety of container sizes from 0.2 to 5 litres.
Societat Agrícola Siurana. Mas Bordas
Societat Agrícola Siurana. Mas Bordas
The Societat Agrícola Siurana is a small family-run business dedicated to the production of extra virgin olive oil obtained directly from the arbequina olive variety. The oil comes from the company’s own olive groves located in Mas Bordas.
Where?Ex. Barcelona, Gelida
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Millenial olive trees Arión
Ulldecona / Terres de l'Ebre
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Visit explaining the history of the millenial olive trees and the harvest of olives.
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La BoellaLa Boella
La Boella
Canonja, la / Costa Daurada
Main roadT-11sortida 12Canonja, la43110
Located in the quiet village of La Canonja, only ten minutes by car from Tarragona, La Boella is a hotel complex located on an estate covering 110 ha of olive trees and gardens overlooked by a fully renovated country house dating back to the twelfth century.
La VinyetaLa Vinyeta
La Vinyeta
Mollet de Peralada / Costa Brava
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Josep Serra is in charge of this small vineyard and olive grove plantation in Mollet de Peralada, in the very heart of El Empordà. This is a young, family-run business located in the foothills of the Sierra de la Albera and exposed to the tramuntana winds.
Millenial olive trees AriónMillenial olive trees Arión
Millenial olive trees Arión
Ulldecona / Terres de l'Ebre
StreetFrancesc Gimeno1Tortosa43500
Visit explaining the history of the millenial olive trees and the harvest of olives.
Oli MigjornOli Migjorn
Oli Migjorn
Navàs / Paisatges Barcelona
Empresa dedicada a la producción y comercialización de aceite de oliva virgen extra y ecológico. Disponen de tienda en línea y organizan visitas guiadas con rutas por la finca y sus alrededores y menús degustación.
Oli SerraferranOli Serraferran
Oli Serraferran
Ventalló / Costa Brava
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Josep Serra and Josefina Sala, both of whom come from families with strong links to agriculture and the county of Empordà, produce an excellent oil with the Empordà Designation of Origin in Mas Ferran de Ventalló.
AgroboveraAgrobovera
Agrobovera
Bovera / Terres de Lleida
StreetVall MajorPolígon 6Parcel·la 29Bovera25178
Pequeña empresa familiar de Bovera que produce aceite de oliva arbequina. Disponen de almazara en las afueras del pueblo donde realizan todos los procesos de elaboración de su aceite.
Agrícola de Sant Isidre de la FatarellaAgrícola de Sant Isidre de la Fatarella
Agrícola de Sant Isidre de la Fatarella
Fatarella, la / Terres de l'Ebre
AvenueMisericòrdia77Fatarella, la43781
Founded in 1957, Cooperativa Sant Isidre de la Fatarella brings together 100 members dedicated mainly to olive oil and nut production. There is also some wine producing activity.
Art-Oli Art-Oli
Art-Oli
Súria / Paisatges Barcelona
Empresa productora y envasadora de aceitunas y aceite que utiliza un antiguo molino de la localidad de Súria para elaborar aceite de tipo virgen y virgen extra. Lo comercializa en varios formatos y tamaños.
Associació TrencaAssociació Trenca
Associació Trenca
Bovera / Terres de Lleida
AreaAfores de Boveras/nBovera25178
Associació Trenca is a non-profit entity founded in 1998 for the purpose of preserving and enhancing natural heritage. One of its projects is based on farming, environmental, educational and tourist development in an olive grove area in Bovera, Les Garrigues.
Bio-Oleics BelianesBio-Oleics Belianes
Bio-Oleics Belianes
Belianes / Terres de Lleida
When the owners of a range of estates in the valley of the River Corb, Bio-Oleics Belianes, decided to continue the olive cultivating tradition of their ancestors some years ago, they embarked on the production and sale of an organic extra virgin olive oil under the brand Camins de Verdor.
Can SoliveraCan Solivera
Can Solivera
Forallac / Costa Brava
The company’s history started in 1977 with the purchase of the country house which lends it its name to the business, the origins of which date back to the eleventh century.
Castel BarderaCastel Bardera
Castel Bardera
Vilademuls / Costa Brava
Castel Bardera is a cultural association for olive oil enthusiasts situated in a renovated country house from the eighteenth century. It boasts an oil mill that is more than 200 years old, which hosts tasting sessions, massages and other treatments.
Castellcoop - Agrícola de Castellvell del CampCastellcoop - Agrícola de Castellvell del Camp
Castellcoop - Agrícola de Castellvell del Camp
Castellvell del Camp / Costa Daurada
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El aceite de Castellvell del Camp es uno de los más reconocidos de la comarca del Baix Camp. Se obtiene de olivas arbequinas y destaca por tener las calidades de la cosecha temprana propias de la D.O.P. Siurana a la que pertenece.
Castelló de Farfanya, SCCLCastelló de Farfanya, SCCL
Castelló de Farfanya, SCCL
Castelló de Farfanya / Terres de Lleida
StreetDoctor Nart1Castelló de Farfanya25136
This is a small cooperative with 11 members from the local area who produce extra virgin olive oil using their own lives and a traditional centuries-old olive mill.
Catedral del Vi. Celler del Pinell de BraiCatedral del Vi. Celler del Pinell de Brai
Catedral del Vi. Celler del Pinell de Brai
Pinell de Brai, el / Terres de l'Ebre
StreetPilonet8Pinell de Brai, el43594
The Catedral del Vi (Cathedral of Wine) in El Pinell de Brai is a modernist winery with highly interesting architecture created by Cèsar Martinell and managed by the company Pagos de Híbera. The winery produces olive oil using olives supplied by members of cooperatives.