quarta-feira, 22 de janeiro de 2014

Nature in the Algarve at Spring time

The Algarve is known for many things including beautiful beaches, great resorts and a fantastic nightlife, but what everyone seems to forget to mention, is the beauty that surrounds us in the spring.

January and February are truly amazing times to be in the Algarve. Nature  springs from everywhere, transforming the landscape into a blanket of green. Then, towards the end of February you have colour outbursts popping out all around. The number of both wild  and planted flowers really is breathtaking, and more and more appear  as you go through to March and May.

The first sign of spring in the Algarve is always the Almond tree blossoming. Depending on the temperature, this usually happens in February, however, this year it has been very early and it is already in full bloom. They are truly beautiful with their wild pink colouring contrasting with the deep brown branches and clear blue sky in the background.

So far this year, we have also had oranges and lemons turning those green and brown trees a much brighter hue.   An interesting quirk is the fact that a lot of people may not know that the tree in their garden is in fact an orange or lemon tree.  There is something really special about picking your own food and just grabbing an orange off one of those trees to eat is just great! 

The flowers and fruit trees blossoming all over create a truly picturesque landscape that really ought to be seen by everyone. No matter where you stay in the Algarve, you will not have to travel to experience these wondrous spring moments as there will be flowers blooming right on your doorstep!

When the spring begins to come to an end, you start seeing that there are people stripping the bark off trees; this is the cork being taken off the Cork Oak tree to produce cork objects.  Cork is a very big thing in the Algarve, and by ‘big thing’ we mean that is respected and the trees are not harmed or chopped down just simply undressed to then re-grow the layer for next time. Cork in the Algarve is used for everything from bottle corks to creating great shoes and bags and is an amazingly versatile sustainable source. If you want to learn more about this there are tours that you can go on to find out more click here.

If you thought spring in the Algarve was a dull time, you were very wrong! The spring time here is blissful.  It’s not too hot, but hot enough to wear a t-shirt (most the time anyway). It is less busy in comparison with the peak season and the perfect time to take some truly beautiful photographs! We are very eco-conscious at the Beach Club and we try our best to appreciate and preserve the beautiful nature which surrounds us. 

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