Let’s celebrate the Bulgarian lavender at the foot of Sredna Gora!

Special Tour 2 days Availability: 2021-06-26
6241 Sredno Gradiște, Bulgaria Thracian Valley Tour Guide: Ekaterina Terzieva

As soon as the iconic Damascene Rose blossomed in the Rose Valley, the foothills of Sredna Gora turned light purple. The aroma of the delicate and beautiful lavender descends over the Thracian field, as if to welcome all of us who go there to celebrate the Bulgarian lavender at the end of June.

The seventh edition of the National Lavender Festival will take place on June 26 in the Chirpan village of Sredno Gradishte. The village is a traditional host of the holiday, because here, at the foot of Sredna Gora, nearly 100 years ago were created some of the first experimental lavender plantations in Bulgaria. “The aim of the festival is to show respect for tradition and to celebrate the well-deserved position of Bulgaria as a world leader in the production of lavender oil for nearly 10 years,” said festival director Nina Girginova.

Natsionalen festival na lavandulata selo Sredno gradishte

The regions of Chirpan and Stara Zagora are among the most favorable for growing lavender. Lavender plants, planted almost a century ago, still grow in Sredno Gradishte. In Bulgaria there are already a total of over 136,000 decares planted with lavender, with an average annual yield of over 51,000 tons. Our country annually exports about 200 tons of high quality lavender oil. France is second with an average yield of 40-50 tons.

Therefore, along with the rose, recently declared part of the cultural heritage of UNESCO, a symbol of the beauty of our country is lavender. Now is the time to enjoy its wonderful beauty and aroma, to pick from the delicate flower directly from the gardens near the Chirpan village Sredno Gradishte, to try dishes with lavender, to see how lavender oil is extracted, to enjoy a photo exhibition with photos of lavender, to visit two new local wineries, which turn the region of Sredno Gradishte, Vinarovo and Mogilovo into the newest wine destination in Bulgaria.

Natsionalen festival na lavandulata Sredno gradishte 2021

Then head to Stara Zagora – the city of lime trees, which awaits us with its colorful fountains, an ancient part with Roman ruins from the time of Augustus Trajan, with its Neolithic dwellings – the oldest in Europe. And after looking at them and seeing the ancient oven in which prehistoric people baked their bread, let’s join in a tasting of bread mixed with wild yeast, as well as delicious local cheese and tomatoes. The bread is made according to an ancient Thracian recipe, and its master won the UNESCO competition for living treasure.

We will also walk to Ayazmoto Park, connected with the legends that Prince Boris I accepted Christianity here. The park was established on February 28, 1895 by Metropolitan Metodiy Kusev. For its afforestation, he collects seeds of various trees from Orthodox monasteries and church communities in different parts of the world. We will visit the church “St. Theodore Tyrone” near the Stara Zagora diocese at the entrance of Ayazmoto, where there was a monastery in the Middle Ages. In the afternoon we will have a beautiful wine tour in the elegant Midalidare winery in the village of Mogilovo.

Natsionalen festival na lavandulata Kulinarna izlozhba Sredno gradishte

Place of departure / arrival

Departure time: 07.00 from Plovdiv, meeting at the bus stop next to UBB Bank on Tsar Boris III Obedinitel Blvd. opposite the Ramada Trimontium Hotel

The price of the tour includes:

  • Hiking to the lavender gardens near the village of Sredno Gradishte. Possibility to pick lavender and photos.
  • Visit to the National Lavender Festival in the village of Sredno Gradishte
  • Demonstration of extraction of lavender oil from a distillery
  • Wine tasting and lunch with farm food, typical for the area of the village of Sredno Gradishte
  • Visit to a culinary exhibition and tasting of food and drinks with lavender
  • Wine tasting of wines from a cellar in the village of Sredno Gradishte
  • Overnight in Stara Zagora
  • Visit to the Roman ruins by Augusta Trayana and a guided talk
  • Visit to Ayazmoto Park and St. Theodore Tyrone Church
  • Visit to the Museum of Neolithic Dwellings – the oldest in Europe
  • Outdoor tasting of handmade bread made with wild yeast according to a proto-Bulgarian recipe, cheese and tomatoes.
  • Wine tasting in the wine cellar “Midalidare Estate” – with Mogilovo – wine tour and tasting of 8 wines.
  • Guide service by a licensed guide
  • Transport with a licensed transport company
  • Tourist insurance

The price of the tour does not include

  • Dinner

Opportunity to purchase

Opportunity to buy wine and natural farm products.


What to expect?

The tour “Let’s celebrate the Bulgarian lavender at the foot of Sredna Gora!” is a beautiful journey among the aroma of lavender fields in the Chirpan region. The seventh edition of the National Lavender Festival will take place on June 26 in the Chirpan village of Sredno Gradishte. The village is a traditional host of the holiday, because here, at the foot of Sredna Gora, nearly 100 years ago were created some of the first experimental lavender plantations in Bulgaria.

The regions of Chirpan and Stara Zagora are among the most favorable for growing lavender. Lavender plants, planted almost a century ago, still grow in Sredno Gradishte. In Bulgaria there are already a total of over 136,000 decares planted with lavender, with an average annual yield of over 51,000 tons. Our country annually exports about 200 tons of high quality lavender oil. France is second with an average yield of 40-50 tons.

Therefore, along with the rose, recently declared part of the cultural heritage of UNESCO, a symbol of the beauty of our country is lavender. Now is the time to enjoy its wonderful beauty and aroma, to pick from the delicate flower directly from the gardens near the Chirpan village Sredno Gradishte, to try dishes with lavender, to see how lavender oil is extracted, to enjoy a photo exhibition with photos of lavender, to visit for tasting local wine cellars – one of the new ones that turn the region of Sredno Gradishte, Vinarovo and Mogilovo into the newest wine destination in Bulgaria. We will also walk in the City of Limes, where, they say, Prince Boris I converted to Christianity. We will visit the Museum of the oldest Neolithic dwellings in Europe, we will try handmade bread, kneaded according to an ancient Bulgarian recipe with wild yeast, we will also feel the Roman part of the history of Augusta Trayana.


Маршрут

Day 1: The purple magic of the lavender fields at the foot of Sredna Gora

The program begins with a visit to the lavender fields near the village of Sredno Gradishte, where the first lavender gardens were planted for the first time in Bulgaria almost a century ago. After gathering from the fragrant plant, learning what it is useful for, and taking pictures, we will head to the center of the village of Sredno Gradishte, where lavender and lavender oil are especially revered. We will visit the traditional bazaar of lavender products in the center of the village and the culinary exhibition “With a taste of lavender”, tasting the exhibits – pastries, cakes, and drinks with added lavender. We will see the photographic exhibition “Lavender Impressions”, and then a visit to the distillery for lavender oil production in the village of Sredno Gradishte and a presentation tour. We will have lunch with farm food, typical for the area of the village of Sredno Gradishte. Lunch will be accompanied by a wine tasting at ROXS Winery, whose owners will invite us to the yard of their house. We will stop to see the ethnographic exposition in the Community Center “Father Paisii 1903” and we will visit one of the newest local wineries, which will offer us wine tastings and a light lunch with farm food. In the evening we leave for Stara Zagora, where before the night we will see the glowing fountains of the city.

Day 2: The secrets of Augusta Trayana

We will walk through the ruins of Augusta Trayana and learn the Roman history of Stara Zagora. Next is a walk to Ayazmoto Park, related to the legends that Prince Boris I accepted Christianity here. The park was established on February 28, 1895, by Metropolitan Metodiy Kusev. For its afforestation, he collects seeds of various trees from Orthodox monasteries and church communities in different parts of the world. We will visit the church “St. Theodore Tyrone” near the Stara Zagora diocese at the entrance of Ayazmoto, where there was a monastery in the Middle Ages. Next is a visit to the Museum of Neolithic Dwellings – the oldest in Europe, where an ancient bread oven is preserved. This is followed by an open-air tasting of bread made with wild yeast according to an old Bulgarian recipe. His master won the UNESCO competition for living treasure. In the afternoon we will leave for the village of Mogilovo, where we will have a beautiful wine tour and wine tasting in the wine cellar “Midalidare Estate”.

 

The skirts of Sredna Gora, which at this time of year are colored purple and smell of delicate lavender

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