Koronekes Olive Mill

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Koronekes Olive Mill, nearby Spilia and Archanes Village. The good health and longevity of the Cretan people is owned to the traditional Cretan diet.

  • Small Group
  • 1-4 Hours
  • Gastronomy (Wine Tastings & Cooking Workshops)
  • History & Culture
  • Agrotourism/Ethnography

The Cretan diet is considered to be the most representative and qualitative example of the so-called Mediterranean diet. It is based on olive oil, vegetables, fruits, legumes grains, and wine.

Maybe it is time to learn more about the precious essential Cretan Organic Olive Oil.

This is the best olive oil tasting tour in Crete ... according to our valuable guests' feedback! 

From the tree to the bottle, you will find out everything about extra virgin olive oil. How are the olives harvested? How is olive oil produced? What is the difference between First Cold Pressed and Cold Extraction? What should extra virgin olive oil taste like? Discover our naturally flavored oils with fruits and herbs from our Estate.

Experience how the family-owned Koronekes Mill produces one of the best olive oils in Crete. It is one of the rarest private exploitation in Crete to be equipped with its own mill.

Koronekes is located nearby Spilia and Arhanes Village in Heraklion Prefecture and they have one of the biggest olive groves in Crete.

Koroneces Olive Mill presses their own olives, on the estate, at their mill built in the heart of their land to guarantee an exceptional product and to ensure constant and diligent control over the entire production. 

Koronekes aims to be in harmony with Nature and the environment. Their goal is to produce a natural and healthy product having undergone careful handling from the tree to the bottle. Strictly controlled production methods allow no additives at any stage of the process.

To preserve their trees from the scorching summer heat, we irrigate with a drip system tailored to meet the olive trees’ needs. No water is wasted through evaporation or run-off. They protect olive trees against the olive fly naturally with products that have been approved by the EU.

Fertilizations are controlled and moderated according to the tree's needs. Most of the fertilizer we use is natural and comes from the olive paste itself that we call "Pyrina". Once totally dry, the paste can be spread into the fields.

These and much more you could learn and experience during your visit to Koronekes Olive Mill.

Please ask us for contact details to arrange your visit to Koronekes Mill.

1. The Standard Tour & Tasting 

- 14.00 Euros per person
- 7.00 Euros for children 6 -12 years old
- Children under 6 years old are free of charge

- Minimum: 2 people & Maximum: 30 people
- Duration: 1-1.5 hours 

Included :  

- Outside talk about organic olive tree farming
- Inside talk about extra virgin olive oils production both methods (first cold pressed and cold extraction systems are explained)
- Tasting of 3 extra virgin olive oils, 1 flavored oil, olives, Cretan sweet vinegar and petimezi

Not Included : 

- Gratuities (optional)
- Any products will be bought from the Koronekes Mill
- Transfer to/from Koronekes Olive Mill (upon request) 

2. VIP Tour and Tasting:

Price: 20.00 euros 

Minimum: 2 people
Maximum capacity: 30 people
Duration: 1 hour - 1.5 hours

Included :  

- Outside talk about organic olive tree farming
- Inside talk about extra virgin olive oils production both methods (first cold pressed and cold extraction systems are explained)
- Tasting of 3 extra virgin olive oils, 1 flavored oil, olives, Cretan sweet vinegar and petimezi
- 1 x small gift bottle of Free-Run extra virgin olive oil 40ml

Not Included : 

- Gratuities (optional)
- Any products will be bought from the Koronekes Mill
- Transfer to/from Koronekes Olive Mill (upon request) 


3. Olive oil soap making:

Duration: 1 hour
Price: 20 euros per adult
          10 Euros per child (6-18 years old)
           Free of charge for children (0-6 years old)

Minimum: 2 people Maximum capacity: 15 people

Included :

-We show and explain the cold method of soap making with our organic olive oil.
- Visitors can participate using the required protection, which is provided by us (apron, glasses and gloves). According to Covid-19 regulations in place at the moment of visit.
- Visitors can choose what flavor they would like their soap to be: natural (just olive oil), rosemary, oregano, lavender, sage, thyme, bay leaves, rose, jasmine. If they have another flavor in mind, we will be happy to try to provide it.
- At the end of the process, visitors take their personal soap of about 80g home.

4. Walking tour and tasting in the Organic Olive Grove

Duration: 90min
Price: 30 euros per adult
          15 Euros per child (6-18 years old)
           Free of charge for children (0-6 years old)

Languages: English and French

Maximum capacity: 10 people

Giorgos is not only our Master Miller, he is also in charge of the organic farming of our 2000 Koroneiki olive trees. Join him for a passionate and explicative tour in nature. You will learn about sustainable farming practices, and the needs of the olive tree and taste the result.

What to expect:
- Grab your hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes for an easy guided walk in our organic olive fields.
- You will see more than 2 centuries-old olive trees that we farm with respect and care to preserve the natural flavors, aromas and polyphenols.
- How does farming impact these flavors and health benefits?
- What are the challenges we face in organic farming?
- How and when do we harvest the olives?
-  These are just some of the topics Giorgos will be discussing with you.
- A light snack and tasting of the organic extra virgin olive oils we produce will end this walking tour

5. Tailored lunch

Duration: 90min
Price : 70 euros per person
Maximum capacity: 10 people

Maria, your cook, knows everything about Greek cuisine. From the more popular dishes such as Moussaka or Dolmades, to the more intricate specialties like Kalitsounia, Maria is a specialist!
We will be happy to accommodate your preferences and any dietary restriction.
Greek food has it all: meat, fish, greens, legumes, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free…
Ask us about our menus or let’s create one together.

What to expect:
- In the lovely setting of our courtyard, surrounded by olive trees, relax and enjoy a full Greek meal (starter, main and dessert).
- House wine is offered and bottled organic wine is also available on demand.


6. Picnic in the olive trees with an olive oil tour and tasting

Duration: 120min at least – guests are welcome to stay as long as they like
Price : 30 euros per person
Maximum capacity: 8 people

After visiting the factory where we make our extra virgin olive oils, let’s set off in the olive trees.
At a short distance, under the shade of our olive trees, we have a picnic table waiting for its guests!
We will start with the olive oil tasting and then leave the guests to enjoy their food.

The picnic consists of tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, tasatsiki, cheeses, apaki, xortopites, tiropites, dolmades, zucchini flowers (when in season) with bread, breadsticks and pita bread.
Organic wine bottle, water and homemade lemonade for the kids.
Fresh fruit for dessert.

We will be happy to accommodate any preferences and any dietary restrictions. Ask us about our menus or let’s create one together.

7. Olive Oil and Cheese tasting

Duration: 2 hours
Price : 30 euros per person

After our usual olive oil tour and tasting, sit back and enjoy a platter of cheese (3 types of Cretan cheeses) with raisins and fresh grapes (if in season), breadsticks and 2 types of fresh bread.
The platter will be accompanied by a Greek salad, water and a glass of Organic wine


- Koronekes Olive Mill is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 2 pm, but the tours are by appointment only.
- Please contact us by clicking the "BOOK NOW" button below and clarify which tour you prefer.

Good to know

- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Animals are allowed
- Λanguages: English, French, and Greek

Cancelation Policy :

- A cancellation must be done 48 hours before departure.
- In case of later cancellations, no refund will be made from CreteTravel.com.
- If a tour is canceled due to a few participants or bad weather conditions, CreteTravel.com will refund 100% of made payments.


Honest Reviews

The reviews for the Koronekes Olive Mill

Reviews ( 12 )

  • Paulina

    Kalimera Yiannis, The tour was wonderful. The farm was picturesque, the family was very kind, the guide explained well, and petting the sweet cats/dogs was a fun extra option. It turdned out to be a 'private' tour because of the quiet low season. I would recommend this to other travers! Thank you for your help! Have a wonderdul day, Best wishes Paulina

  • Rachel

    Hi Yiannis, Our trip to the olive oil farm was amazing and we loved our driver. Thank you for connecting us to some locals who showed us a great time! Thanks,

  • Keitha

    Kalimera! We love our visit to the olive orchard. Wonderful peoples! Very welcoming! Mu husband and I are thinking of possibly visiting Cret again and staying at the village near by. Take care and thank you ???? Keitha

  • Linda

    My husband Mark and I both really enjoyed our tour and time at the olive mill. When we get back we most certainly will post very positive reviews!! Thank you. Linda

  • Amy C.

    We drove to the koronekes olive mill nearby Archanes and it all worked our great! One of the highlights of our trip in Crete! Thanks!

  • Emily

    Hello Yiannis,We had an amazing time visiting your mill! I thought the experience was better than expected. I loved that is was just the two of us on the tour and you gave us a good amount of time to ask questions. You will definitely see me again in Crete someday :) Thanks again!

  • Phillip

    Kalimera Yianni, Apologies for the delayed response. The group had a fantastic time despite all the last minute changes.  They enjoyed Koronekes and all purchased goodies. Thank you for all the flexibility with the transfers and chopping and changing.  Everything worked out a treat and look forward to working with you again in the future. All the best,

  • Ralf D.

    We enjoyd a great visit to the farm. The staff was extremely friendly and accommodated a last minute request for a tour and tasting. The tasting was really very interesting. Thanks again for your warm welcoming and for creating such wonderful products.

  • Yvonne B.

    Such a wonderful tour from Popi, a great person. The olive oil is excellent and for sure we will buy these products in the future.

  • Reto A.

    This was an absolutely amazing experience being guided around the small factory, the family are super knowledgeable and the tasting is superb. Absolute highlight of our holiday and a must-visit on your next trip to Crete.

  • Sofia

    Our best experience in Crete. We tried quite a few olive oils after learning about their way of production (traditional) and we purchased a few bottles as well so the experience stays with us for longer. All the best to this hard-working family, a high recommended olive oil tour. Many thanks for accommodating us.

  • Peter

    We decided to combine our visit to Knossos Minoan Palace with a visit to Koronekes Bio Olive Mill. Lovely Kiara explained us everything about olives cultivation and olive oil. Take some time to discover , taste and listen what Kiara has to say. A pure pleasure. Highly recommended. Many thanks yiannis for organizing this tour for our family.

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