BY JO PINOS
ALMOND trees are now in blossom, and this week is the ideal time to see the Jalon Valley turn into what can only be described as a spectacular display of pink candy floss shades.
The best locations to see the blossom are between Jalon and Parcent. Please park safely and don’t try following small tracks – you will get lost!! Should you wish to walk, start from Jalon car park (not on a Saturday, as it is market day) and follow the riverbed road under the bridge towards Alcalali. This is a gentle walk, and mostly on roads. If you feel adventurous, head for higher points so you can get a bird’s eye view of the colours – there are little peaks dotted all over the valley.
Once you reach Alcalali, head for Parcent and enjoy the spectacular views. Alcalali, though, is probably the best place for photographing this carpet of colour. Park safely near the village, and then begin to walk from the crossroads at the junction to Parcent. Head towards Parcent on the main road, and take the first left just after the bridge. Head inland on paths towards the Coll de Rates which towers above the valley, and here you will find views of Parcent church nestling amongst the blossom. It is easy to find your way back, as you can keep Parcent church and Alcalali tower in view.
Once you have finished your walk, stroll to the centre of Alcalali, where you will find a good selection of local restaurants and bars. Visitors flock to the area at this time of year, because the display is just stunning. Ranging from pure white, to very deep pink, it is also heaven for bees, who, although flock to the trees in droves, are more interested than collecting pollen than trying to sting people.
The blossom only lasts for a couple of weeks and for the past few years has been blown away by fierce winds, so while it is there, it is certainly worth a visit. Remember to wear sensible shoes and take a drink with you. Dogs should be kept on leads as the area can become quite busy at this time of year. Enjoy the display!