monumental olive trees natura 2000 initiative

The Monumental Olive Trees of Kalkanli

Summary: The Monumental Olive Trees of Kalkanli, located on the North West coast of Cyprus, are nearly 2000 ancient olive trees. Many of the trees, believed to have been planted during the Lusignan period in the 1200s, are over 500 years old, with the oldest ones being over 800 years old. They’re protected under the Natura 2000 initiative by the European Union due to their ecological value, and are a notable attraction for tourists. This area serves as a living testament to the rich history of the island and stands as a remarkable emblem of endurance and longevity.