Algarve Love Legends

Legend has it that when the Algarve was still called Al-Gharb and ruled by the Moors, a young king, Ibn-Almundim, fell in love with a Nordic princess, Gilda.

They got married and the king loved her very much. So, when he noticed the princess was growing sadder with each passing day, he resolved to find out what was causing this melancholia and to cure it. According to the tale, an elder told him that the Nordic princess missed seeing the snow she was so used to in her home country.

The king ordered those thousands of almond trees be planted outside the palace in Silves so that when they were in bloom, she would look out her window and see the landscape covered in white flowers, giving the appearance of freshly fallen snow. The princess was cured of her sadness almost immediately.