Sarakina Estate’s organic olive grove is located at the southern part of the beautiful Ionian island of Zakynthos, in Greece. Our land is filled with centuries-old olive trees primarily of the Koroneiki but also of the ‘Ntopia’ (local) and wild-olive varieties, which coexist in harmony with other elements of Zakynthos’ biodiversity. The size of our land is approximately 50 acres and its fascinating story begins with the onset of the 19th century and the construction of our family’s neoclassical mansion, the famed “Sarakina”. With a footprint of approximately 1350 square meters, Sarakina was strategically build in order to serve as the center of a multi functional farm.
Built on top of a hill in the early 1800’s, “Sarakina” faces the bay of Laganas in the East and the Big mountain of Zakynthos in the West. The Italian-style mansion was a unique architectural example of the island’s venetian past, as well as a symbol of the social and cultural perceptions of an entire era. The impressive building architecturally combined its two main functions — serving both as the center of a multi-functional farm as well as a luxury retreat for its owners.
After the devastating earthquakes of 1953, Sarakina was forcibly evacuated and left unattended. Today the ruins of the old mansion still stand on the hillside overlooking the grove – a romantic reminder of our estate’s former glory.
The mansion’s surroundings are closed to the public, since there is danger of the structure collapsing.
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