Yarn Bombing in Portimão

We’ve been meaning to head over to the garden ‘Largo December 1’ in Portimão – it’s the one in front of the municipal theatre – to have  better look at the ‘Yarn-bombing’ that took place on the 21st March to herald spring.

Yarn Bombing in Portimão, Algarve Blog

The pretty gardens have been transformed by the most amazingly colourful and vibrant display of crochet and sewing, wrapped beautifully around the trees. 

Yarn Bombing in Portimão, Algarve Blog

Luckily the weather hasn’t affected the display, which is still there in all its glory. Over 150 senior citizens and 200 schoolchildren took part in the project, and each tree has a sign displayed showing which group or organisation dressed each tree:

Yarn Bombing in Portimão, Algarve Blog

As well as the main trees which are wrapped in colourful blankets, there are also some delightful smaller birds and objects nestled amongst the trees and bushes:

Yarn Bombing in Portimão, Algarve Blog

The colours are fantastic, and only seem to make the park seem even more pretty than usual:

Yarn Bombing in Portimão, Algarve Blog

One of my favourites was the cockerel hanging from a branch:

Yarn Bombing in Portimão, Algarve Blog

Even the flowerbeds have been transformed with crocheted flowers .. shame they couldn’t add the grass too!

Yarn Bombing in Portimão, Algarve Blog

The detail is most impressive, some of these must have taken hours to make:

Yarn Bombing in Portimão, Algarve Blog

Yarn bombing seems to have taken the world by storm – I think this is the first time it has reached Portimão though! It seems to sit nicely against the backdrop of the local café, and the gardens are full of both locals and tourists taking photographs and exploring.

Yarn Bombing in Portimão, Algarve Blog

It really is a wonderful thing to view – and it’s worth taking your time to wander around the gardens several times – each tour will reveal something new to delight you:

Yarn Bombing in Portimão, Algarve Blog

The gardens themselves, although small, are very pretty, with tiled seating areas illustrating the history of Portugal, and contain a pretty fountain where the birds can be seen having a bath!

Yarn Bombing in Portimão, Algarve Blog

The seating areas have also been transformed with birds and flowers hanging from the arbours – there is so much to see and enjoy in such a small area:

Yarn Bombing in Portimão, Algarve Blog

The flowers are everywhere:

Yarn Bombing in Portimão, Algarve Blog

One of the real delights for me was suddenly looking up into one of the trees and seeing a beautiful series of felt birds hanging from the branches:

Yarn Bombing in Portimão, Algarve Blog

And then to spot the most intricate bird feeder – complete with bird of course:

Yarn Bombing in Portimão, Algarve Blog

Even the real birds seemed quite at home with it all too!

Yarn Bombing in Portimão, Algarve Blog

The walkways have even been transformed by paper flowers nestled into the grass:

Yarn Bombing in Portimão, Algarve Blog

So if you are near Portimao – head over to the garden and enjoy the yarn-bombing while it lasts!

Yarn Bombing in Portimão, Algarve Blog

And well done to Portimão Council and all of the agencies, groups and schools that took part in this unique and special event.


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17 Responses to Yarn Bombing in Portimão

  1. Margaret Runciman says:

    Thank you so much for these wonderful photos. This is our favourite place to sit in the sun with a coffee ( and pastel da Nata ) when in Portimao and it looks just beautiful like this. Well done to everyone who made a contribution.

    Ayr, Scotland


  2. They’re brilliant! I’m so glad you not only made it over there but also shared the pics. I haven’t seen any in Coimbra this year but hopefully our streets will be getting a splash of woolly colour too.

  3. sami veloso says:

    The park looks so pretty! Yarn bombing is really fun! Very intricate designs and a lot of work, well done to all the participants.

  4. Gallivanta says:

    What a great project. I have seen some yarn bombing but nothing as elaborate this.

  5. scatmanjack says:

    Looks brilliant, and brings a whole new meaning to “Tree hugging” !!

  6. Maryanne Sea says:

    Thank you for these beautiful photos. I always enjoy the photos in each blog.
    I wanted to mention that every Saturday there is a biological produce market right in this garden area. The food is all certified organic. Its nutritional quality can’t be beat and the prices are excellent. Last week, there were peaches, cherries, apricots to mention everything else, including several kinds of beans, jams and more. I go there each week to buy all my produce and have gotten to know the women-growers, both of whom are passionate about providing bio food to people in the Algarve.

    • oh wow! thank you for sharing this – we had no idea that happened – we will definitely go there soon and check it out! thank you again

      • Maryanne Sea says:

        You are most welcome! The market starts around 9:30 – 10 and goes to 2. There are two growers, Carla, of Horta da Torre and Patricia who represents an organic farm near Lagos owned by a woman named Fatima. The location is beautiful, of course, but does not give them high visibility. I have offered to help them and am now putting up some beautiful posters made by Carla’s sister. I know you must have a large audience for your blog, so if you feel inclined to do a feature on the market at some point, it would be wonderful. Though only two growers, the variety of food available is absolutely wonderful…. but it is good to get there closer to 10 than 2.

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  9. Annie says:

    Awesome! Encourages us to yarn bomb again in Paso Robles, California.

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