‘Málaga Gastronomy’ launches a new line of tourist services with activities to participate in processes of collection, production or harvesting of native delicacies. Authentic agri food tourism with a dose of craft tourism.
Examples of these new activities:
Visit to olive groves
The visit to olive groves can be arranged at any time of the year, although the best time is from November to January, considering that rainy days will does not get off to the field, and this can vary depending the amount of the harvest.
In the countryside you can visit traditional, intensive and super-intensive farms; rainfed or irrigated; of different varieties; planting several frames; young and old; (really rare) with mechanized or traditional gathering.
General concepts of olive oil culture would be explain during your participation in collection tasks, achieving the best souvenir, the harvest itself.
Duration: 1h30m to 2h, including travel.
Visit to Oil press
Along with the above, you could also visit a mill during the olive oil campaign (reception, cleaning, grinding, centrifugation and storage). The Oil presses (DCOOP group) are usually medium and large (from 500.000kgs to 10.000.000kgs). Therefore, this activity could take approximately 1 hour.
You would prepare a pure oil juice in this facilities, always complying with the technical and health regulation.
Another complementary activities related to olive oil:
Museum and varieties park (complementary activity)
In the DCOOP Museum you can visit old mills to know the olive oil extraction ranging since a roman from the first century to another from seventeenth century, along with tools and olive oil utensils. Besides, it will be discussed about economic, ethnographic, cultural aspects related to the olive tree. If desired, it could include the laboratory, where would explain how the oils are analyzed from the point of physical-chemical and organoleptic. All this would last less than an hour.
It would be a course of introduction to wine tasting with different types of olive oils (and different languages). This activity usually lasts about an hour and can be done anywhere, although is convenient make it in the DCOOP Museum for groups.
‘Campero’ breakfast and/or lunch
In the orchard (would be cold breakfasts). This would be to share experiences with the harvester men and women, which usually begin work on frigid mornings at 8.30 AM and stop at 10am. It could also study and work organizing a country lunch in a farmhouse or accommodation in a rural house from which to approach the morning to collect.
Other experiences in rural areas are: almond harvest (August) and beans (April / May); mushrooming; visit a farm and milking goat with subsequent manufacture of homemade goat milk cheese; or even a visit to the famous ‘Juanito Orange’, who would give us an ecological masterclass with his great sense of humor.