gran canaria - almond blossom festival

Have you ever seen almond trees blossom?

 

For the very first time I got to see almond trees was in Guadix - a little Andalusian town in the mainland Spain. 

 

We were there for work from March to May and were staying in an apartment overlooking some orchards. Back than I had no clue that these plain looking trees were actually almond trees. Until one sunny day in March the boring looking trees transformed into magnificent soft pink and white clouds. 

 

Since than we have witnessed almond trees in bloom in Provence in the end of February which was breathtaking.

 

So when we heard that Gran Canaria holds an almond tree blossom festival we were all eyes and ears and ready to go.

The “Fiesta Almendro en Flor” is taking place in a small mountain village of Tejeda in the middle of the Gran Canaria island during the first weekend of February.  It’s is always better to check for the exact dates.

 

Trip to the area is worth the drive even without the almond tree blossom festival. The village itself is a beauty - high in the mountains it is framed by picturesque landscape with some of the iconic views of Gran Canaria. 

 

Tejeda was awarded a title of being among the most beautiful villages of Spain. Oh, and  did you know that there is actually an association for selecting the most beautiful villages?! Check  out this link for all the details.

The almond tree festival itself is a VERY busy and popular event - with people coming to the area from the whole island. We recommend parking the car outside the village and walk the last steps - otherwise you'll get stuck for hours.

 

The start of blossoming is celebrated within the whole village community by singing, dancing and wearing traditional clothes. Funny thing is that you don't actually see many of the almond trees - they are mostly outside the village and only start to spead their flowers. 

 

For those who get hungry, there are food stalls and restaurants en masse. But be prepared to queue.

One of the most important things when visiting the festival is to dress up properly - and we don't mean you have to wear costumes. No. When we were at the festival it was so windy, that Olivia was almost blown away. This said, be sure to dress up for cold and wind. Since the village is in the mountains the weather changes fast.