Visiting the Stunning Almond Trees in Bloom
The unique landscape of Ibiza would not be what it is today without the beautiful almond trees. When is the best time to visit? Where should you go to view the most amazing almond trees in Ibiza? Please keep reading to find out, plus some more facts about these stunning trees.
Vast almond groves are synonymous with the Island. From January through to early March each year, the trees spring to life and their beautiful pink and white blossom appears for all to see.
These almond trees can be found all across Ibiza; there is currently 332 hectares of almond grove on the Island. However, the quaint town of Santa Agnès provides the densest gathering of them and is perhaps the best place to enjoy their beauty.
Before the explosion of tourism, extraordinary amounts of almonds were exported from the island and shipped all over the continent. To this day, Ibiza is still known for the impeccable quality of nuts, with over one hundred varieties grown across Spain.
When to Visit?
The first three months of the year might not be the first that comes to mind when you imagine an Ibiza visit.
However, the winters on the island are soft. With over 300 days of sunshine every single year, the cool breeze and bright days can provide the perfect climate to enjoy and explore.
Santa Agnès, the mecca for Almond Trees
Santa Agnès is a stunning part of Ibiza.
It is a world away from the hustle and bustle of San Antonio and offers visitors a taste of authentic life on the Island. An area that provides a slower-paced, more relaxed way of life.
The almond trees are the real highlight of this area, they are easily accessible, and in February, their beautiful whites and pinks come to life. The almond trees are not difficult to find, and within a few minutes of driving, you will marvel at the beauty of the landscape.
Almond Grove Night Walk
Every year, in early February, the tourism board organises a guided night walk. This is one of the most beautiful ways to enjoy the trees, with their colours reflecting in the moonlight.
Although visiting the blooms in the day is stunning, observing them after nightfall is incredible. The walk ignites all senses, and the magnificent aromas around the trees are like no other.
The hike is aimed at those of all ability levels and generally takes around 2.5 hours. Giving all participants plenty of time to enjoy the walk at their own pace.
The almond nut has become a staple in all locals’ diet. The nuts are plentiful, versatile, and nutrient-dense. You will struggle to find a home cook that does not incorporate almonds into their weekly meals.
Borrida de Ratjada, known as raya stew is a must eat when in Ibiza. This is a traditional dish synonymous with the island and has locals and tourists returning for more every time.
Raya stew is a delicious fish stew, accompanied by a sauce made from almonds, traditionally served in a clay pot. When visiting in the winter months to view the great almond groves, the Borrida de Ratjada is the perfect evening plate for the mild February evenings.
Salsa de Nadal, known as ‘Christmas sauce’ is popular in every household across Ibiza during the Christmas period. Salsa de Nadal is a dessert, similar to nougat. Although each family across the island has their own distinct recipe, almonds are always at the heart of this family favourite.
Almond Tree Magic
For the first three months of every year, a pink and white blanket covers the island. Seeing the remote countryside transform so beautifully is truly magical.
The almond tree bloom symbolises the country is approaching the end of the long winter months and emerging from its slumber. Spring is on the horizon, and longer, warmer days will be with us shortly.
If you are lucky enough to get the opportunity to witness this unique sight with your own eyes, be sure to grab it with both hands.