The Ultimate Andalusia Olive AgriTourism Experience in Spain

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The olive oil, extracted from the fruits of this magnificent tree, has been a cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet since the Neolithic period. Making it a culturally rich and agriculturally significant choice for that perfect agritourism experience in Spain.

Here’s Supera Tour’s favorite attraction and hotel at the most abundant olive producing region in the world!

What Is Agritourism? Agritourism, a type of tourism that involves visiting farms, ranches, and other agricultural settings to learn about farming practices, enjoy farm-to-table meals, and experience rural life. It is a growing trend in the travel industry, as more and more people seek out authentic, sustainable, and locally sourced experiences.

It offers experience seekers the opportunity to connect with the land, the animals, and the people who produce our food, and to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and rewards of farming.

Ⅰ. Andalusia Olives

Andalusia, a region in southern Spain, is known for its abundant sunlight and warm climate, making it the perfect environment for growing olive trees. Home to over 170 million olive trees, Andalusia is the worlds largest olive oil producer this liquid gold.

The olive groves of Andalusia are living museums, bearing witness to the region’s fascinating history. The Moors, who ruled Andalusia from the 8th to the 15th century, brought significant advancements to the cultivation of olives and the production of olive oil. They introduced innovative irrigation systems and improved agricultural techniques, leading to increased yields and the establishment of large-scale olive groves.

Today, the olive groves are a UNESCO-recognized Cultural Landscape, a testament to the region’s rich history and cultural heritage.

finca la torres green olive oil fresh from the tap

Ⅱ. Where We Go: Finca La Torre

If you love olive oil and have an interest in agritourism, then a visit to Finca La Torre is a must. Located just a short drive from Malaga, this historic estate boasts an impressive legacy that dates back to Roman times. It is a place where traditional olive oil production is still very much alive, and visitors can witness the entire process, from the harvest of the olives to the pressing of the oil.

The estate is situated in the heart of the Andalusian countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, verdant groves, and towering mountains. As you wander through the olive groves, you will feel transported back in time. The trees themselves are a testament to the estate’s rich history, some of them over 500 years old.

One of the highlights of a visit to Finca La Torre is the chance to taste some of the world’s finest olive oils. The estate’s oils have won numerous awards over the years, and are renowned for their quality and depth of flavor. During a tasting session, you will learn about the different varieties of olives, the unique characteristics of each oil, and how to pair them with various foods.

La Bobadilla

Ⅲ. Where We Stay: La Bobadilla

Nestled in the heart of Andalusia, this hotel is a living testament to the region’s past, offering guests an authentic experience of luxury in the Sierra de Loja area, between Granada and the Costa del Sol.

Originally a classic finca, or rural estate, La Bobadilla was designed by the renowned Granadiño architect Jesus del Valle. Over the years, it has been carefully expanded and transformed, yet it retains the charm and character of the original finca. Today, it stands as a seamless blend of past and present, where history lives on in every stone, every courtyard, and every fountain.

Set within a 1,000-acre private country estate, La Bobadilla is surrounded by olive groves, oak trees, and rolling countryside. This idyllic setting, combined with the hotel’s traditional Andalusian architecture, creates the illusion of a small village, complete with courtyards, gardens, and fountains.

Since its opening in 1986, La Bobadilla has become a symbol of the Slow Travel concept. This philosophy encourages travelers to slow down, to immerse themselves fully in their surroundings, and to savor every moment. At La Bobadilla, guests are invited to do just that: to stay where history lives, to breathe in the Andalusian air, and to experience the timeless beauty of this unique landscape.

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