The Almond Blossom Festival in Tejeda was the first of its type, established on the island of Gran Canaria during the twentieth century, and one of the first in the entire archipelago. The vast majority of the festivities that are celebrated on the Canary Islands take place in spring and summer, with the notable exception of carnival which is celebrated towards the end of wintertime. The flowering of the almond trees in the middle of winter, most years as January ends and on into February, heralds the imminent arrival of Spring and, for the communities of the island’s summits, makes the Almendros in Bloom perhaps the most important “pagan” celebration of the island’s flowering fields.
Previous celebrations of “Fiesta del Almendro en Flor, Tejeda”, have seen countless people head up the mountains to Tejeda, from all around the island, from other islands, from mainland Spain as well as from abroad. The festival, which started as a party, organised by young locals, “Tejedenses” to celebrate this most colourful time of the year, was first called “Pum 70“. However this annual tradition was renamed in 1971 to its current name and has grown over the years in unimaginable ways, becoming what is today a benchmark in terms of “Esencia de Canariedad“, the essence of canarianism, expressed through traditional folk music, dance, food, crafts and local Canarian tradtional sports and activities.
This Almond Blossom Festival in Tejeda was declared a Festival of Regional Tourism Interest on January 10, 2014.
Even if there are no public events happening this year, the almond trees blossoming up in the mountains nevertheless daub the beautiful spring scenery with an explosion of colours, in an experience most definitely worth the drive along some of the islands oldest roads.
Most years you will find weekend of celebration during the first weekend of February, so mark your calendar for future announcements:
- Saturday morning in bloom: The Saturday is all about visitors and tourism, and was started as an expansion to the main local fiesta on the Sunday, so that holidaymakers staying on the island could visit the municipality and enjoy of the essence of the main event. With fewer locals it is easier to arrive by car and to park, though it is still always very busy, so a good idea to arrive early. “Tourist day”, as it is known, showcases typical local agricultural produce as well as plenty of food, and artisanal products for souvenirs.
- Sunday Fiesta: This is the main day of the entire celebration, where Canarian culture and tradition is condensed into a few short hours, with folkloric associations, artisans and sellers of various typical products begin to place their wares on the stalls from early in the day. The famous central street, Calle Dr. Domingo Hernández Guerra, hosts thousands of visitors who walk from one side to the other enjoying the produce on offer along with traditional foods like Canarian wrinkled potatoes, Canarian pork, fried sardines and much more, alongside various talented craftspeople and artisans from FEDAC (Foundation for the Ethnography and Development of Canarian Crafts) who put their magnificent creations on sale, including traditional knives, table linen, carved stone and much more besides.