A new hiking festival that aims to highlight the beauty of the Algarve’s blossoming almond trees will be held for the first time in the rural community of Alta Mora in Castro Marim.
Taking place on the first two days of February, the ‘Festival das Amendoeiras em Flor’ is being organised due to the massive success of a series of hikes held in the area focusing on exploring almond blossom routes.
The festival is part of the “365 Algarve” cultural programme, which highlights events in the low season.
Another goal is to showcase the potential of the Algarve’s inland and hilltop areas as a tourist attraction.
As organisers explain: “Midway through January, we see the Algarve’s landscape changing. While usually covered in shades of green and brown, fields start to be covered in shades of pink and white from the almond trees in bloom, providing one of the season’s most beautiful landscapes.”
Organisers also hope that the event will encourage the plantation of more almond trees in a bid to bolster the potential of the almond as one of the region’s iconic products.
Apart from the many hikes that are planned, the festival will also feature street entertainment, workshops, delicious food and live music.
There will be a €14 fee to take part in the hikes which will include breakfast, lunch, beverages and insurance. Price for children aged six to 12 is €8.
For more information, contact Associação Recreativa, Cultural e Desportiva dos Amigos da Alta Mora (ARCDAA).
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