The Olive Pickers

The quiet campo (countryside) in the hills above Granada, Andalucia, suddenly spring to life at the end of December.  Christmas and the festive season takes second place for most, as harvesting the olives becomes the priority, almost a way of life, as it is the main industry and therefore main source of income.  There are all manner of tractors, tree shakers and contraptions to make the harvesting slightly less labour intensive to collect the millions of olives.

The endless Olive Groves

Some without the modern technology and with smaller groves still harvest by hand, it’s as simple as putting the huge nets down and beating/ shaking the tree!  A back-breaking sort out, then off to the local co-operative where the olives will be processed into an exceptional product.

The Olive Pickers


Post Author: Topsy Turvy Tribe

Paul & Andrea ex-pats escaping the rat race with Chaos (aged 4) and Mayhem (aged 2) along for the adventure.

14 thoughts on “The Olive Pickers

    Darren Coleshill (@Photalife)

    (December 31, 2016 - 6:35 pm)

    Stunning view, it looks so lovely.

    Thank you for linking up and have a Happy New Year

    Topsy Turvy Tribe

    (December 31, 2016 - 7:30 pm)

    Thanks for hosting and Happy New Year! We look forward to linking up again in 2017.


    (January 1, 2017 - 4:08 am)

    What a beautiful place!
    Happy New Year!

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (January 3, 2017 - 3:57 pm)

      It really is a beautiful place to live. Thank you and have a great New Year!

    Emma T

    (January 1, 2017 - 10:51 am)

    Beautiful view. So nice to see how it’s done, as it’s so often a mystery. Hope you have a good new year

    Coombe Mill

    (January 1, 2017 - 1:17 pm)

    That black and white photo is really full of life. gorgeous. Happy New Year to you. #MySundayPhoto

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (January 3, 2017 - 3:58 pm)

      Thanks Fiona, the olive pickers loved the fact that we took their photo, they were very proud that we’d even consider it. Have a great New Year!

    Cultural Wednesday

    (January 1, 2017 - 2:05 pm)

    The black and white shot is amazing, so timeless could be anytime #MySundayPhoto

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (January 3, 2017 - 4:00 pm)

      Yes they really have been picking the olives this way for years so it is indeed timeless! Have a great New Year!


    (January 1, 2017 - 2:43 pm)

    Great portrait of the picker



    (January 2, 2017 - 7:48 pm)

    I love the black and white photo, especially. It looks like it could have been taken decades ago.

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (January 3, 2017 - 4:02 pm)

      I somehow think the guys picking the olives have been doing it for decades too; I don’t think my back, or knees could take it, it really is amazing to see how fit they are working the land as they do!

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