Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Blossom Trail

It’s that time of year to witness the almond blossom. We always love a drive into the mountains to see this colourful site. It doesn’t take long to drive from the coast to the vastly different mountain scenes. You can easily be transported into another world in about 20 minutes. We take a picnic and marvel at the terraced layers of colour which vary from reddish hues to succulent pinks, depending upon the variety and the height at which the almond trees grow. We travel north of Segorbe and take the exit to Altura and head toward Alcublas (about 25km) on the CV-245. The journey between the two is full of contrasts and there is a handy picnic area about half way, not far from the Santuario Cueva Santo. In one moment you’re on the edge of the mountain (about 1000m) and in the next you have wide open spaces either side of you looking down upon vast valleys with miniature villages in the distance. Watch out for the odd unsigned Miradors (viewing sites). In addition there are quite a few places to pull over when you’re clear of the winding roads. Hovering birds of prey, which look like hawks eye their prey, provide fascinating entertainment.

The small town of Alcublas has a lovely little font from where the locals collect the mountain fresh water. We’ve done this a couple of times now and it is really refreshing, especially on a hot summers day. Drive back to Valencia via Lliria and you can take the mixed view of almond blossom and orange groves lining the sides of the road.

Go on take a trip before it disappears for another year.

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