The Millenary Olive Trees Route
My Blog Series: Undiscovered Spain goes on. This weekend I did another absolutely amazing hike, completely undiscovered by the international tourists and highly recommended to all the nature lovers: a route full of beautiful landscapes, golden fields, colorful flowers and 2000-year-old olive trees…
The Millenary Olive Trees Route in Details
So-called The Millenary Olive Trees route (“Ruta de los olivos milenarios”) is a circular hiking trail from the city of Canet lo Roig towards the monumental olive trees. Some of these have more than 2000 years old and have been present in the region since the times of the Roman Empire. For centuries, these olive trees were a source of olive oil for the locals. It´s unbelievable how many generations have passed away during these 2000 years and these giants are still there. However, some olive trees in Crete are estimated at over 3000 years old. Therefore, it appears those at Canet lo Roig still have a lot to catch up on. And no one knows how many years will they remain there and how many generations will they witness…
So, for all the nature lovers and explorers – this hike is highly recommended. It´s relatively unknown yet, so you will not meet the crowds of tourists everywhere taking pictures. And it is a huge plus: 5,8 km(1,5-2h) of nature, history, silence, and peace.
How to find it?
Here you have a link to the official city website, to check the details and maps. Although it is marked with signs, it took me a while to find where the route starts (the city has several different routes). So, when you get to the Canet lo Roig, you normally have a place to park in one of the squares. But then, you need to go all the way down the hill, towards the fields in order to take the route SL-CV-58, which starts at Canal’s Fountain (“Font de la Canal”).
Even if you take a wrong direction, the city is small and there is a road surrounding it. If you follow this one – you´ll eventually bump into the Canal’s Fountain. The first part of the route (till the chapel) has an asphalt road, but then it is actually a bit of a rocky trail. They state all over the internet you could do the route by bike, car or walking. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t feel comfortable going there by bike or car, even though the locals do so. The trail is circular, so you end up in the city of Canet lo Roig.
The nearby cities like Traiguera, San Mateu etc. also have their own olive tree routes, but I liked the one at Canet lo Roig the most. So, here you have the full nature gallery from this awesome adventure.