Cherry blossom in Spain

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cherry blossom time in Extremadura

cherry blossom time in Extremadura

The Spanish region of Extremadura is not a part of the country that is widely known by British and Irish visitors. To the south west of Madrid, this rural area doesn’t usually attract the normal Spanish holidaymaker caricatured as sand, sea and sunshine seekers.

It does attract those that like rugged walking trips, outdoor cycling and bird watchers.

But in late March, it is the gardener and those that yearn for outdoor scenery that make their way here and in particular to the Valle del Jerte. In the main they come to see the cherry blossom.

Mention cherry blossom and it is usually Japan that springs to mind and, in particular, the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto.

But in the Valle del Jerte, you will be able to see over one million cheery trees all in blossom. The trees aren’t solely ornamental ones that provide colour and flowers but little else for the rest of the year. Over 150 varieties of cherry are grown around the region so if you can’t go to see the spring colour go later in the year when the cherries are ripe and ready for picking.

At any time of the year you can sample the products that are made from cherries including brandy, liqueurs, conserves and even a cherry marmalade.

A variety of local tour agencies will provide you with a guided tour through the orchards but many people just turn up for the spring blossom and cycle or drive through the area that seems to be just acres of white.

 

 

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