The aim of the event is to promote the products of the region and the
participation of more than fifty producers and artisans is expected - gastronomy, regional products, handicrafts and of the rural world.
Late January, early February is one of the loveliest time to visit the Algarve when the Almond trees are smothered in blossom.
Heralding the arrival of spring, the almond trees come into blossom and cover the Algarve in a mantle of white.
A unique sight that spreads across the fertile hillsides of the Barrocal region, where the almond trees are covered with clouds of flowers, whose petals are then scattered over the fields and create the impression of a carpet of snow shining in the sunlight.
The legend of the almond- blossom, is a story that has remained forever in the collective imagination of the Algarve people as a way of explaining this flowery end to the winter season.
According to the legend, in the time when the Al-Gharb belonged to the Arabs, there reigned in Silves the young prince Ibn-Almundim, who fell in love with and married Gilda, the daughter of a great lord of the northern peoples, who had himself been defeated in battle by the Moorish king.
Their wedding was celebrated with a great feast, but the beautiful princess remained forever sad and did not share the prince’s happiness. Physicians were called in from all over the world, but none of them succeeded in finding a cure for that pain.
Until, one day, an old Nordic man told the king that Gilda was homesick for the white snow-covered fields of her homeland.
Ibn-Almundim therefore ordered the planting of thousands of almond-trees all over the province, so that, when they blossomed, they might cover the southern lands with white petals, deceiving the princess into forgetting her feeling of homesickness and bringing joy back into her life.
And his bidding was complied with, so that, ever since that far-off springtime, the Algarve has been filled with the magic of the almond-trees in blossom. Source - http://www.rtalgarve.pt
A few photos from Wednesday's Royal British Legion lunch. The Algarve Sub-Branch has a membership of 150 and meets monthly. the next lunch is on Wednesday, 15th March, 2017. All visiting RBL members are welcome. For more information please contact Alun Roberts:- Alun Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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The 2017 Querença Chorizo Festival will take place on Sunday, 22nd January.
It is a festival in honour of St. Luis (the protector of animals).
Traditionally the families in inland Algarve raised a pig to sustain themselves through the year and asked St. Luis to keep it in good health. To thank the saint they offer their best homemade chorizo.
The festival includes a procession, musical entertainment and, of course, lots of homemade chorizo!
This event will include a procession, tastings of grilled sausages and lots of music.
We spent four weeks here the end of November to December it was lovely. Plenty of walks and plenty of places to go. It had a good local bus service so we were able to get to many different places. The food was good and the people very helpful and friendly. Rooms were small but kept clean and had a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities. It was right on the beach so you could walk along the beach or sit on a sun lounger and listen to the waves.
This photo registers the moment we have presented the raised donations of our Christmas Day and New Year's Day charity swims, in the total amount of 1400 Euros to Ricardo Xufre from the children's Home «A Gaivota» part of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Albufeira and to Ricardo Pinto, President of the Junta de Freguesia of Armação de Pêra.
Thank you to all of those who participated in these events and generously donated.