Avdou village is the centre of the homonymous community, near Hersonissos, Crete.
The name probably derives from a 9th or 7th century BC prophet name Avdious, a “small prophet” of God during the reign of Joram.
Avdou is located in the northwestern part of Heraklion in a mountainous location at the foot of Mount Selena, close to the borders with Lasithi and the valley of the small river Aposelemis, in the middle of the green valley of Lagada.
The production of olive oil is the main occupation of the villagers. Thanks to fertility and soil quality, the production covers a large percentage of the overall production of the Cretan sector.
The combination of climate, soil fertility as well as the specialization of farmers leads the Cretan virgin olive oil on top of olive oil quality and demand worldwide.