Almond blossom festival returns for third edition

Algarve’s almond blossoms inspire annual event

The Algarve’s famously beautiful almond blossoms will be once again be the star of the show in the third edition of ‘Festival das Amendoeiras em Flor’, which will take place between February 2-4 in the small village of Alta Mora, Castro Marim.

The event is organised by the Recreational, Cultural, and Sports Association of Friends of Alta Mora (ARCDAA) and is described as a “strategic and promotional initiative for the traditions and identity of the region, aiming to combat the desertification of the Algarve mountains.”

There will be several events taking place throughout the festival’s three days, headlined by four hikes ranging from 5km to 20km.

Several live music performances are also scheduled, with artists and groups spanning multiple genres from folk and world music to flamenco.

The entertainment programme also features live theatrical and dance performances, a photography exhibition showcasing the previous edition, and activities for children such as face painting, traditional games, a petting zoo, donkey rides and performances by living statues.

Another highlight promises to be the unveiling of a 42-metre-long almond cake, created by students from the Hotel and Tourism School of Vila Real de Santo António.

Last but not least, visitors will be able to visit a street market featuring food and crafts stalls or enrol in a series of bread-making, basketry and almond tree planting workshops.

The full programme can be consulted on the event’s Facebook page.

Tickets cost €3 for adults and €2 for children aged 11 to 14, while admission is free for children up to the age of 10.

Last year’s edition was hailed a success, having attracted around 7,000 people to the inland village.

By Michael Bruxo

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