Almond Blossom Festival

The Almond Blossom Festival or Fiesta del Almendro en Flor is celebrated every January in Tejeda, the highest town of Gran Canaria.  The 3 days festival pays homage to the beauty of the most characteristic fruit that covers the peaks of this mountainous municipal. The three important festive days are always on the second weekend of the festival. […]

The Almond Blossom Festival or Fiesta del Almendro en Flor is celebrated every January in Tejeda, the highest town of Gran Canaria.  The 3 days festival pays homage to the beauty of the most characteristic fruit that covers the peaks of this mountainous municipal. The three important festive days are always on the second weekend of the festival.

Download the Almendro en Flor – Program 2016 in Spanish

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cartel-2011-almendroOriginally the Fiesta del Almendro en Flor was organised by the youngsters of the village, and the first event was in the year 1970. This group of young villagers decided to convert their love for this northern zone of Gran Canaria by having one day of activities as a tribute to its beauty.

This celebration was created with the idea of maintaining culture and the municipals own traditions as well as the islands culture in general.

The Fiesta del Almendro en Flor in Tejeda that was celebrated in the last week of January, is the most representative throughout the canarian culture.

During the three days of celebration there are different representations of canarian folklore, traditional music, dancing, art, traditional sports, agricultural cattle fairs and demonstrations of rural activities that will keep all visitors entertained.

Silver Almond Award

Given the elevated costs of organising this kind of event in later years the ayuntamiento decided to take the cost on as their own. However the Ayuntamiento always receives help from the different neighbourhood associations who involve themselves in the preparation of each years event by providing a number of local typical products.

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All of these products are offered to the visitors to sample for the small price of only 1€, they includes frangollo which is a typical almond dessert, traditional stews and carnival tortillas and other local delicacies.

The inhabitants of the village of Tejeda  are absolute defenders of the typical canarian customs.  Every year they give the silver almond award to a person, group or collective that have dedicated the previous year to conserving and upholding the canarian traditions.

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The trophies are real works of art, designed each year using an almond flower branch from the first branches and buds of the season.

Tourist Day is on Almond Blossom Festival Saturdays

The program also includes special celebrations to involve the foreign visitors with the celebration of the TOURIST DAY. Tourists have the opportunity to see antique items that belong to the municipal, such as an old house, or an oil and vinegar shop. In 2014, with the 44th edition of the Almond Blossom Festival in Tejeda, the town finally achieved the title of ‘Fiesta de Interés Turístico de Canarias’, which is an award for a celebration with a tourist interest, and it has been included in the annual municipal festival advertisings.

An award which is well deserved by the villagers of Tejeda, who for over four decades have managed to make all their visitors feel at home.

Author: Juan Perdomo
Translation: Amanda Belmonte

Quick Overview

Name of Event: Fiesta del Almendro en Flor
Location:  Tejeda
Hour: All day
Date: 3, 4 , 5 Feb
Duration: Weekend
Official Page: Ayuntamiento de Tejeda

Progam: Almendro en Flor 2016

Scroll down to see map, dates and other event information.

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Amanda Belmonte
Almond Blossom Festival written by Amanda Belmonte
My name is Amanda Belmonte and I am a web/graphic designer and photographer. I have lived in the Canary Islands for almost 15 years. Although I have lived in Lanzarote for most of that time, Gran Canaria has always been my dream Island to live on, yet it has taken me 13 years to get here.


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