Once upon an olive groove
Take a walk to the olive groves of the village. Learn about the crops and harvesting. Depending on the period, you may volunteer in the farms and take some extra virgin olive oil in return. Meet farmers and see how they work, learn about the different olive varieties in the region, how extra virgin olive oil is produced, how we treat our olive groves and trees. Experience the agricultural life and bring home with you extended knowledge about olive and olive oil.
2. Olive Oil tasting
Take part in our olive oil tastings from certified professionals and acquire insight into the production and evaluation techniques of an extra virgin olive oil. Through this process one may taste local olive oils and learn to distinguish flavours and aromas. Depending on the harvest period, one will be able to distinguish different characteristics and learn what extra virgin olive oil means.
3. Paliopurgas (Remains of and old tower)
Take a 15minutes walk to an old stone tower by the river, just 1km from the village. It is said that at this point, on a hill near the river, there was an old tower, probably from Byzantine times. You may still see some signs of it on the spot… there is also a small lake there to rest under the shadow of the tall cypress trees. If the river is full of water sometimes is difficult to approach.
4. The river
A beautiful river crosses the village. There are many spots where the plane trees offer generously their shade to cool and relax you while listening only the sound of the running water. For those who have enough time, a hike to the river is very enjoyable. Local plants and birds enjoy their natural surroundings and especially during summer the shade and dew from the plane and the other trees by the river is something unprecedented.
5. Monastery of Agii Theodoroi
Close to the center of the village there is the church of Agii Theodoroi, which is a relatively new church and operates once a year. This temple is built over two other temples, an ancient Greek and a Paleo Byzantine. The boundaries of the monastery are said to occupy almost ¼ of the current area of the village and it is said that perhaps this temple was the largest early Christian church in Greece. The finding that proves that there once was an ancient Greek temple there is a pillar that was found there and is very similar to the columns that existed in the nearby ancient Greek cities (Ancient Messina, Ancient Olympia). Now this column has been moved to the square of the village.
6.Visit to the village's olive press
In a distance of 1.1 km, one may find Sterna’s Agricultural Cooperative. It was founded in 1982 by the inhabitants of Sterna and the surrounding villages. Today it is considered to be one of the largest rural cooperatives of the region, where 800 producers from the surrounding area produce their olive oil and employs seasonally and permanently over 20 people.
There, one may witness the production process or the process of olive oil standardization depending on the period.
It is impressive how much space occupy the olive oil press and the rather large storage space with the olive oil storage tanks.