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.