Back in primary school, we were first introduced to the myriad of people and empires that ruled over these lands that are now the country of Portugal.
From Celts to Romans, Suebi to Visigoths and finally, the Moors, all left a little of their inheritance behind and became part of the intricate tapestry that is the Portuguese past. Our beautiful region of Algarve, land of golden sand and crystalline waters, still shows clear signs of Moor presence, starting with its name, Algarve, which was Al-Gharb in the 8th century A.D. And among words, architecture, food and music, the Moors also left us the gorgeous almond trees.
With their characteristic beauty, a legend about almond trees seems inevitable, doesn’t it? Right you are! This lore is one of the most beloved stories passed down through the centuries, weaved with some veracity as many of the names and places existed and though it hints a rather romantic vision of invasion and conquest that we end up appreciating because we will always believe that love can conquer all.
Sit back with your favourite treat and let’s travel together through old lands under the regency of the Crescent Moon…
The Legend of the Blooming Almond Trees – A Folktale from Algarve