Almond blossom and other wintertime obsessions

by Feb 15, 2015Blog, Flora and fauna, La Alpujarra


Almond blossom, Órgiva #MySundayPhoto | GranadaSpain

My annual obsession with photographing blossom is in full swing. This time of year, when the wizened old almond trees flower, comes and goes so quickly. Fortunately it gives way to even more colour and variety as spring picks up the pace, but I am always sad to see it go.

It is also the time of year when people start to come out of their hibernation. Winter in La Alpujarra always feels a bit like some kind of rude and unexpected imposition; as if it didn’t come every year. Conversation, when it can be found, centres around such topics as the incredible wind, that whips round the hillside and howls through the valley, and how the hell to keep warm.

Solemn vows are made to never again complain about the summer heat when it arrives. Log burners, electricity bills, windblown internet connections and power cuts become the obsessions. And then comes spring.


 Bees are buzzing among the almond blossom above Beneficío | GranadaSpain


What do you need to know about travelling to Spain from the UK right now

What do you need to do before you travel to Spain?

  • A certificate of negative PCR test taken in the 72 hours before entering Spain or proof of double vaccination status.
  • The QR code from the Spanish Health Control Form to be completed online.
  • Any additional non-Covid related visa/entry documents.

What must you do on arrival in Spain?

  • You will be required to present the QR code (hardcopy or digital) from the online Health Control Form that you complete before you travel.

What will you need on your return to the UK?

  • If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to show proof of a negative PCR or lateral flow test, taken within 72 hours before returning to the UK.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, a lateral flow test (non-NHS), must be taken within 48 hours of arriving back in the UK.
  • If you are unvaccinated, you will need to take PCR test on day two after your return. There are a number of Government accredited companies offering this service.
  • A completed passenger locator form. You will need your test code to complete this.

Date: 24 November 2021

For further advice on travel to Spain visit the UK Government website.

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Latest on BA Flights from London to Granada

BA have suspended all direct flights from Granada to London.

From July 25 the company will reinstate direct flights from London to Granada.

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