Spring is in the air and trees and flowers are starting to blossom everywhere. And, we have good news: if you love cherry blossoms, you don’t have to travel all the way to Japan to see them; you can enjoy the beautiful sight of blooming cherry trees in the Portuguese town of Fundão, in Castelo Branco. Let's find out about this beautiful sight and how you can see it in Portugal.
What are cherry blossoms?
To begin with, cherry trees, as the name suggests, are where we get the delicious red fruit, but there are many varieties of cherry tree plant. During Spring, these trees give birth to a delicate flower, that is normally pink or purple in colour.
What are the meanings behind cherry blossoms?
Cherry blossoms symbolise the beauty of new life and renewal in spring. However, their lifespan is very short (usually only around 10 days); and for this reason, they also also represent the brief, fleeting nature of life.
What’s the best month to see cherry blossoms in Portugal?
Most years, cherry trees start to flower around the end of March and the beginning of April, but this largely depends on the weather and other conditions. It’s not entirely clear when the blooming season will start in 2021 yet, but it’s thought that the best time to see cherry blossoms in Portugal will be at the end of March 2021.
Where is the best place to see cherry blossoms in Portugal?
If you want to see the arrival of Spring in full bloom in Portugal, then you cannot miss the cherry blossoms in Fundão, Castelo Branco. Although in 2021 travel is still restricted in many parts, this is one location that needs to be added to your travel bucket list for after the pandemic. Thousands of cherry trees with white flowers cover the entire Gardunha mountain and if you want to see one of the most beautiful natural events of the year, then this is a must.
Fundão is known as the Portuguese “cherry town”, with a production that reaches more than 20 million euros, in normal circumstances attracts more than 130,000 tourists a year and explores every single business opportunity involved with this fruit.
And although 2021 will be a little different and this wonderful event can't be celebrated to the full, the arrival of the cherry blossoms is traditionally accompanied by picnics, hot-air balloon rides, bicycle tours, train tours and many other events that allow tourists to enjoy a day out amongst the blossoming cherry trees, something to look forward to next time. Nevertheless, if the health situation improves before the month of June, the town of Fundão is still determined to have some sort of celebration in 2021.
Aside from the beautiful scenery, the town of Fundão also has a lot more to offer. Make sure you visit the historical centre, monuments such as the Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceição, that dates back to the 16th century, or the Capela da Nossa Senhora do Miradouro ou de Seixo, from the 14th, where, according to the legend, the Virgin Mary once appeared.