Old olive grove in the Serra Tramuntana range, Majorca, Spain
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From the tree to the table. Serra de Tramuntana, Balearic Islands, Majorca, Spain
The history of olive cultivation in one of the Balearic Islands, Majorca, Spain, dates back over 2,000 years. The Phoenicians and Greeks, who were early settlers here, introduced the first olive trees to the island. The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, which adorns the north coast, is home to these olive groves. The olive groves expanded during the Islamic era, and olive oil became a crucial ingredient in Majorca's gastronomy and culinary traditions.
The Majorcan olive tree, Can Det, has achieved the prestigious title of Spain's 'Best Monumental Olive Tree.' This venerable tree is estimated to be more than 1,100 years old. In 2011, the Serra de Tramuntana was established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, tourists from all over the world visit the archipelago to taste history and the 'liquid gold.'