Almond Blossom in Garaf??a and Puntagorda

Almond blossom around an old barn with a dragon tree. Garafia, La Palma island
Almond blossom around an old barn

The almond trees have blossomed early this year.

Most of the almond trees are in Puntagorda and Garafía, although there’s a good number in El Paso too. They produce small, rather bitter almonds which are out of fashion and don’t fetch a good price, (although I enjoy a saucer of toasted almonds with a glass of wine) so that most people don’t harvest the almonds, or only harvest for their own use. But the trees are still there, and in places we have a magical annual display where the whole hillside turns pale pink.

This usually happens at the end of January/early February but we’ve had an exceptionally warm winter and this years display is already past its best.

Close up of almond blossom, Garafia, La Palma island
Close up of almond blossom

Since the almonds at lower altitude blossom first, I went looking for photo opportunities at higher altitudes. These are from the LP 111 side road from Las Brecitas to Tinizara. Yet again, I wound up thinking how lucky I am to live here.

Sign for a hiking trail wit almond blossom, Garafia, La Palma island
Sign for a hiking trail

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