Almond blossom route in Alicante: the best place to capture a lovely picture
Enjoying the almond blossom route is one of the most special plans that can be made in the province of Alicante during the winter.
The almond tree is a characteristic tree of the Costa Blanca, which reaches all its splendor thanks to its climate of mild winters and endless sunny days. The quality of its fruits is recognized throughout the world, and Alicante is famous for being the largest producer of nougat, based on these delicious almonds.
But before it is harvested, the flowering of the almond tree colours the Alicante mountains in pink , giving rise to a true spectacle of nature.
When is the best time to enjoy the almond blossoms in Alicante?
From the end of January, and essentially during the month of February, is the time when the almond trees reach their maximum splendor, so these are the perfect dates to go on a field trip and fall in love with the beauty of the almond blossoms.
This year 2023, a cold wave has coincided with the time of flowering, so the almond trees are expected to have fewer flowers than in previous years. In addition, the annoying Xylella , a bacterium that is affecting the Alicante fields, has forced some farmers to cut down their almond trees and replace them with new, younger ones. However, the landscape is still worth a good visit!
The route of the almond blossoms in Alicante:
Next, we present the three best routes to enjoy the fields of almond blossoms in the province of Alicante:
1. Relleu’s Valley
Very close to Villajoyosa and the Hotel Montíboli is Relleu, where you can easily access the road that connects Villajoyosa with Sella and Orcheta.
Relleu is a small village ideal for enjoying the almond trees in blossom and all its scenic beauty. Don't forget your camera!
The Relleu Cooperative is dedicated to the production of almonds of different varieties and on these dates they make some interesting visits to the almond groves in which they explain their harvest, as well as giving a nougat making workshop and a visit to the town centre, in whose church are the oldest bells in the entire province. Do you know its spectacular walkway over the marsh?
2. Alcalalí (Valley of Pop)
In this valley, also known as Valle de Jalón or Xaló, -you can’t miss out on the antiques market that is organized on Saturday mornings in the municipality-, you can walk among hundreds of almond trees, cherry blossoms and chestnut trees. Its epicenter is the small town of Alcalalí and it is one of the best places in Spain to see the almond trees blossom.
The route is very comfortable and suitable for all age groups, as it runs along asphalt paths between striking fields with flowering and exuberant trees. The walk begins in the Alcalalí Ecopark where you can park easily. Shortly after starting the route, you will cross the Gorgos River and, after crossing it, you will fall in love seeing the almond trees in blossom and the rustic white stone masonry that separates the terraces and increases their charm.
In Alcalalí, during the month of February, "Feslalí, Alcalalí en flor" is organized, a festival where the entire municipality is involved and in which guided tours are set up to visit the almond trees, craft fairs, tastings of typical products made with almond milk, ‘carquinyols’, ‘pastissets d'ametla’, ‘mantecados’, ‘coca’... and a complete program of activities.
3. Guadalest’s Valley
Guadalest is one of the most beautiful towns in Alicante that can boast a unique castle, white houses, various museums and cobbled streets with magnificent views. In addition, at the moment, it is worth visiting its valley, presided by its famous marsh, and the pinkish effect of the almond trees that cover the surrounding fields, forming a picture worth admiring.
Next to Guadalest, in the vicinity of other neighboring towns such as Benimantell, Benifato or Beniardá, you can enjoy the almond trees on a lovely route. All these beautiful white villages are also the perfect place to enjoy the gastronomy of the Alicante mountains and purchase typical home-made products of extraordinary quality.
Now you know all of our secrets! Take advantage of February to enjoy the mountains of Alicante and visit its towns and valleys along the route of the almond blossoms. A very unknown face of the Costa Blanca worth visiting before the end of winter. Would you like to enjoy it?
Articles published in 2018