The blossom of love!

Everywhere you go in the Algarve at this time of year, you can experience the stunning beauty of the almond tree. With their delicate pink and white blossoms, they bring the region to life; painting splashes of colour wherever you go. Most people visit the Algarve in the summer and miss these stunning trees that bloom throughout February and March.

Almonds can be found at every market and almond-based colourful sweets are on sale at pastry shops and cafés across the region. There is also the deliciously sweet almond liqueur ‘amarguinha’.  

You may wonder why there are so many almond trees here? Well, legend has it that a long, long time ago before Portugal was Portugal, there was a young Moorish king, Ibn-Almundim, who reigned in the Al-Gharb (which later would become The Algarve). This king had never known defeat.

One day, among the prisoners of a battle, he set eyes upon a lovely tall blonde, blue-eyed Nordic princess called Gilda. Dazzled by her beauty, the Moorish king granted her freedom.

They fell in love, got married and made their home in the Varandas Palace in Silves and the king loved her very much. But gradually as each day passed she became more depressed and she would sigh and shed tears of longing for her homeland. The king vowed to find out how he could cure her sadness and according to the tale, an elder told him that the Nordic princess missed seeing the snow she was so used to in her home country.

The king ordered that thousands of almond trees were to be planted outside the palace so that when they were in bloom, she would look out of her window and see the landscape covered in a blanket of white petals, giving the appearance of freshly fallen snow. Almost immediately, the princess was cured of her sadness.

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