Also in Panagia is a small museum where you can delve into one of the island’s oldest industries.
Beautiful, gnarled old olive trees sprout on all corners of Thassos, and before olive oil production was modernised in the 20th century there used to be an olive mill in every village.
At this museum you can see one in action, as Sotirelis has the only functioning water-powered mill in Greece.
This old mechanism dates to 1915 and continued to press olive oil until 2007 when the enterprise was moved to a new facility.
On your visit you’ll be talked through the process of crushing and pressing olives, and there’s plenty of black and white photographs for depth.
The shop sells oils infused with lavender, orange and tangerine, as well as olive oil-based beauty products and tea made with olive leaves.
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