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This is How Olive Oil is Made

19 November 2009 No Comment

Though the Mediterranean diet is becoming increasingly popular in the world and olive oil is enjoying the reputation of being the healthiest, little is known about the secrets surrounding the production of olive oil. Those who would like to get involved in its production and take home a bottle of this elixir of health that they have made themselves, will find the Brijuni archipelago a fascinating destination this autumn. There, visitors, will be offered an interesting program, which offers the possibility of harvesting olives and producing olive oil.Altogether, on the Brijuni islands there are around 400 olive trees, the oldest of which is 1,600 years old. It is expected 600 kilograms of olives will be harvested, enough for 60 liters of olive oil. In the first half of November, visitors will be able to partake in the harvesting of olives and their processing, enabling them to learn about the process of the production of this oil, for whose quality both Istria and the entire Croatian littoral region are world famous. What about souvenirs? Of course, all visitors participating in the program will be given a bottle of olive oil that they have produced themselves. The 14 Brijuni islands, located to the northwest of the city Pula, are the most interesting and developed part of the western Istrian coast. The luxurious parks of the island Veliki Brijun, the rich underwater life and valuable cultural heritage, especially from the Ancient times, are the main, though not the only, reasons why this area, spread over 36,3 square km, was proclaimed a National park in 1983. Brijuni are an exclusive tourist destination with exquisite natural beauty, a rich history and top quality tourist offering. The islands’ tourism history began in the 19th century, when the Austrian industrialist Paul Kupelweiser decided to turn the area into a modern tourist destination. So the building of hotels and villas, promenades and pools began. The islands were promoted as a climactic sanatorium, and since 1910 they even had their own magazine, from which we can learn that, at times, Brijuni was such a fashionable destination that it gathered 11 archdukes, 16 princes and 18 industrialists simultaneously. Visitors can explore the history of the islands in museums and the Byzantine castle, the remains of a Roman villa in the Verige bay, the Basilica of St Mary, many churches and other historical buildings. Also, the ornithological reserve located in the Saline bay organizes bird-watching (140 species have been recorded in the area). Visitors can tour the islands by carriage, panoramic train or electromobiles. One can visit the safari park, the Mediterranean garden. In the summer, theater performances and other interesting programs are organized.

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