Cherry Blossoms are a harbinger of the Spring season. Imagine streets and cities being curtained by pink and white flowers or getting to stand under a canopy of powder pink cherry blossom trees that burst into bloom….its a lavish spectacle and must be experienced at least once in a lifetime. Japanese cherries, popularly known as Sakura in Japan , are among the most beautiful of blossom-bearing trees. During this time of the year, tourists from all corners of the world flock to Japan to catch a glimpse of this magical vista.
So what if you cannot travel to Japan and still wish to witness these beauties? Visit Europe because the weather is simply perfect and as a bonus you also get to see the European cities tinged with wonderful colours. Spring in Europe is equally beautiful. While everyone knows of the Keukenhof Gardens in Netherlands where you get to witness 800 varieties of Tulips, not many are aware of the The Peach Tree Pink Blossom route in Spain. Yes you read it right. Cherry Blossoms in Spain.
Spring in Spain is so underrated. In this post we talk about the best place to see cherry Blossom in Spain and we assure you a Sakura like experience where you get to be surrounded by hundreds of cherry trees in full bloom. If you are someone who fancies postcard landscapes, then you must visit the city of Aitona in Spain and you will be amazed by the beauty of thousands of flowering fruit trees. The almond, peach and pear blossoms offer a true aesthetic spectacle. This for sure must be added to your list of things to do in Spain.
So while randomly browsing through Facebook, I came across this page called Insideout Barcelona – a tour company which does Mountain hikes, Barcelona excursions, Adventures in the rivers,Activities in the snow,Cultural tours,Wine tastings,Guided visits and Tailor-made hikes/tours for small groups etc. While checking out their future tours, the Ruta Rosada del árbol frutal de Aitona caught my attention. Honestly, the pictures looked stunning and surreal that i was intrigued if the place really looks like that or was it all photoshopped. So i reached out to the event organiser Johann and asked him the same to which he responded that he had shot those pictures last week with his professional camera and that they are for real. Convinced with his response and also realising that the flowering only happens for a couple of weeks a year, usually at the end of March and beginning of April, we decided to give it a try and not miss out on the opportunity to see the blossoms this year as we were already running out on time. We confirmed our seats with Johann and decided to make a guided trip with Insideout Barcelona to the locality of Aitona with entrance to an exhibition on the fruit trees, have lunch and post that we planned to explore the city of Lleida.
Details of the Cherry Blossom festival Spain
The Insideout Barcelona Pink Tree Route (Ruta Rosada del árbol frutal de Aitona) was priced at 30€ per person and included
- Bus ride to Lleida and back to Barcelona
- Guided tour through the fields with a farmer with explanations in Spanish. (The MeetUp website stated that the explanation would also be in English for those who cannot understand Spanish but when it was time for the translation, Johann disappeared.!
We made our booking through the Meetup Website
Our experience- So yes..lets be honest here! We just felt that we paid 30€ for a day long never ending bus tour from Barcelona to Llieda and back. We left at 9.30 AM from Placa Catalunya and reached the fruit fields of Aitona at around 12.30 – 1 noon. It was raining all day long right from when we reached Lleida region. We got off our buses and were split into two groups and we had to follow the respective group lead to be taken to the fields. Upon reaching the fields, we weren’t allowed to wander around or explore the fields on our own. Instead we were made to stand for a good 40 minutes listening to a farmer educating us about the fields, the methods used, harvest time etc. It was a very detailed explanation but was pretty much pointless for most of us who couldn’t comprehend Spanish. We just waited patiently for the explanation to stop so that we could walk around a bit and take some photographs. As soon as the explanation was done, we all ran to different parts of the field to capture some photos of the ephemeral beauty of the blossoms.
The biggest disappointment came in when we were asked to get back to the bus after spending barely 10 minutes clicking pictures. We were then taken by bus to the city of Lleida and we reached at 3 pm and were given two hours time to wander and explore the nearby touristic spots and attractions. So in this short span, we had to grab some lunch and then set out to explore the closeby touristic spots. We found a decent restaurant where we grabbed some good food post which we barely got 20 minutes to explore the city of Lleida. The incessant downpours made it almost impossible for us to see the places around. Even before we could realise, time flew and we had to head back to the stop where the bus was waiting for us and we traveled back to Barcelona and reached back at 8.30 pm .
All in all, it was a trip where most of the time was spent in the bus. We spent a good 8 hours traveling and it was definitely not what we expected. We definitely do not recommend you going with this tour agency. If you have a car, we suggest you drive to the fields and then take permission to enter the fields or else try visiting the fields with another tour operator. But if you are hell bent on touring with them, go ahead 🙂 Read this post to plan your visit
Sharing a few pictures from our trip. Must admit that the fields are very well maintained and looked truly beautiful .But the time we got to spend at the field was so little which was a big disappointment for us.
Insider Tip– Do keep an eye on the weather before you go. Since nature is anything but predicatble, make sure you check the forecast so that you can see the blossoms at their best. If there is too much frost, the tours are usually called off.
More options to see Cherry trees in Spain? The Cherry Tree Blossom Feast in the Valley of Jerte, Spain is one of the best places to see Cherry Blossoms in Spain.
FUN FACTS /Did you Know?
Ever heard of Cherry Blossom delicacies? Apparently during the Sakura season in Japan, food and drinks are sakura themed. If you ever go to Japan to witness the Cherry Blossom festival, make sure you try out the Sakura ice cream, Sakura potato chips, Sakura flavored Kitkat etc. Its a great option to take back home for friends and family as souvenirs.
If you are looking for some Easy day trip from Barcelona ,then the city of Aitona is definitely a good option.