The Douro Superior Municipal Association (AMDS) is promising a festive burglary program dedicated to Flor da Amendoeira in 2022 to contribute to the economic recovery of this area hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The seven municipalities in the Trás-os-Montes and Beira areas that are part of the AMDS have used the whites and pinks of the natural landscape of the almond blossom in recent years to attract tourists, and each municipality made its cultural and gastronomic bets, to captivate you.
Despite the efforts of the communities involved, the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus forced the lifting of all usual schedules.
The municipalities of Carrazeda de Ansiães, Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Mogadouro, Miranda do Douro, Freixo de Espada à Cinta, Torre de Moncorvo and Vila Nova de Foz Côa rely on AMDS on gastronomic, cultural and economic activities.
Usually, the festive poster included concerts of big names from the national music scene, fairs and other competitions, ethnographic parades, cultural, sporting and gastronomic tastings, which attract thousands of tourists in the months of February and March.
“This year, due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, all celebrations and activities for Flor da Amendoeira have been canceled, causing huge losses,” the president told Lusa for AMDS’s primary sector, hotels and restaurants in these communities, Nuno Gonçalves.
The mayor of Torre de Moncorvo also said that AMDS will make increased efforts in 2022 to organize a number of initiatives between February and March.
According to Nuno Gonçalves, in recent years the paradigm of the organization of the routes and programs of the almond blossom has changed and has become a tourist activity of rare beauty and not of mass that can be carried out with family or friends that the pandemic has been interrupted.
“Right now we need to use digital media to promote and sell our products and landscapes,” said the official.
Cross-border ties are also undermined by the proximity of this area to the Spanish provinces of Salamanca and Zamora, with the presence of Spaniards being constant.
Outside of this association of municipalities, the municipalities of Alfândega da Fé and Vila Flor also worked out their own programs that took place at this time of the year.
With mild temperatures, the valleys of the Maçãs, Sabor, Tua, Águeda, Côa and Douro rivers cover the almond trees with blossoms that give a white and pink color and mark the end of winter in this region.