It may be an atypical winter due to the pandemic, but one thing can still be relied upon at this time of year - the colour that the almond blossom offers for just a few weeks.
This tree, which was introduced by the Phoenicians more than two millennia ago, is particularly abundant in Malaga province. For several days now it has been filling the scenery with white and pinkish tones.
While some municipalities can boast more almond groves than others, it's difficult to find one that doesn't have at least a plot of land dedicated to this crop. They are especially abundant in inland areas, such as the Bajo Guadalhorce, the Axarquía and the Sierra de las Nieves. If you're lucky enough to find yourself 'confined' to these areas, there are plenty of open air, signposted routes from which you can enjoy this colourful spectacle into the first week of February.
One of the towns most known for its spectacular almond blossom is Arenas, in the Axarquía. The biggest concentration of trees is on the way into the town from Vélez-Málaga and on the slopes leading up to Bentomiz castle.
In the western Axarquía, the area of Totalán is also noteworthy. Other places full of almond trees in this part of Malaga are Moclinejo and Comares, among others.
In the Guadalhorce valley, Almogía has the largest number of almond trees proportional to its territory. They can be enjoyed from the town centre or along some of its hiking trails, such as the one that passes through Charamuza or the one up Santi Petri hill. In Cártama, which borders Almogía, you can especially see almond trees in blossom around the Tres Cruces chapel.
In the Sierra de las Nieves, Guaro and its enchanting Chiribenítez path is also notable. In areas bordering the Guadalteba valley, the villages with the most trees in bloom are Ardales and Carratraca.
In the Vega de Antequera, known for its extensive olive groves, cereal fields and vineyards, there's also room for almond trees. They are most commonly found in Casabermeja and Villanueva de la Concepción. The same is true in the Serranía de Ronda, in the Sierra Norte de Málaga or even on the Costa del Sol itself. Even Malaga city's surrounding hills can boast almond trees in blossom, especially around Olías, Puerto de la Torre and Campanillas.