The Algarve’s famous almond blossoms inspire an annual festival featuring live music performances, hikes, theatre and dance performances, photography exhibitions, children’s activities, and more
The three-day “Amendoeiras em Flor” festival is set to take place in the small village of Alta Mora, in Castro Marim, this February 2-4, following the success of last year’s edition, which attracted around 7,000 people to the inland village. The Algarve’s famously beautiful almond blossoms will once again play the leading role in the festivities.
The entertainment programme will feature live music performances in multiple genres, including folk and world music as well as flamenco, live theatrical and dance performances, a photography exhibition showcasing the previous edition, activities for children such as face painting, traditional games, a petting zoo, donkey rides and performances by living statues.
There will also be several events taking place throughout the festival’s three days, headlined by four hikes ranging from 5km to 20km.
This year’s highlight will be the unveiling of a 42m-long almond cake created by students at Vila Real de Santo António’s Hotel and Tourism School.
There will also be a street market with food and crafts stalls and workshops on bread-making, basketry, and almond tree planting.
The full programme can be consulted on the event’s Facebook page.
The event, organised by the Recreational, Cultural, and Sports Association of Friends of Alta Mora (ARCDAA), 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.”
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, and can be purchased here.