Lavender fields in Brihuega
The lavender fields are one of the biggest attractions of the summer for those who like nature, flowers and colours. You’ve probably seen lots of photos of lavender fields on Instagram and you’ve probably dreamed of travelling to Provence to see them. If you live in Spain or you are going to visit our country in summer, we have good news: there are lavender fields in Spain.
Where can you find them?
In the province of Guadalajara, about 90 km from Madrid you can find the so-called Spanish Provence: the lavender fields of Brihuega. In this town lavender is a very important element and that’s why they hold the lavender festival every year. We will talk about the festival a little bit later. First of all we are going to explain you how you can get there.
How to get there?
If you go by car from Madrid you have to take the A2 highway, towards Zaragoza. You have to pass by Guadalajara and as soon as you get to Torija, take exit 73, national road CM-2011, towards Brihuega. To get to the lavender fields you have to cross the town of Brihuega, so don’t worry. Follow CM-2005 for about 4.5 km and you will see the fields from the road. The journey from the centre of Madrid is 93.5 km and takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
If you don’t have a car but you want to see the lavender flowering, the good news is that there are buses that connect Madrid with Brihuega. The buses depart twice a day from Mendez Alvaro – Estacion Sur de autobuses. The bus ride is 1:45h and the it costs around €15. You can check the timetables and bus availability on Samar’s website.
When is the best time to see them?
The flowering of the lavender can be seen during the whole month of July, but the best time to see it is in the second half of the month. Mid-month july flowering is at its peak and the flowers turn deep purple. In addition, every year, the second or third weekend of July, they celebrate the lavender festival.
Lavender Festival - 2019
Every year, in July, Brihuega celebrates the lavender festival. In the lavender fields, evening concerts are being held and the chairs to sit and enjoy the concert are placed among the flowers. At this festival the lavender fields are the main protagonists, but the town of Brihuega is also getting ready for the festival. The streets are decorated with bouquets and ribbons in the colour of lavender. If you like the smell of lavender you can take advantage of the visit to Brihuega to buy all kinds of handmade products made with lavender.
In 2019, the Lavender Festival is held on the third weekend of July: Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th. If you want to attend the concerts, you can book your ticket on the lavender festival website.
What do you need to know before going?
- If you want to go into the lavender fields and walk among the flowers, we recommend you to wear a flat shoes. The ground is usually uneven and if you wear heels or platform shoes it will be very difficult to walk without falling.
- Be aware of bees! In the lavender fields there are lots of bees and most of us are afraid of them. What you need to know is that they are working to pollinize the flowers and that they don’t intend to attack you for no reason. If any of them fly near you, stay calm and don’t do anything. After all, we are at their “home” and we must respect them.
- The lavender fields are photographers’ paradise. They are so photogenic that you won’t be able to stop taking pictures. There are also many couples that decide to take their wedding photographs in this environment. If you have a special event, this may be the perfect place for a photo shoot.
- The best time to see the lavender fields is a bit before sunset. At that time there are usually very few people and you will be able to walk around and take your photos without anyone bothering you. Also, at dusk the fields look even more purple. They are absolutely breathtaking!
We visited the lavender fields located in Brihuega on July 15, 2018. As it was Sunday afternoon, the lavender festival was already over and we were able to enjoy the fields practically alone. We also went to the perfect time to take pictures, just before sunset. We enjoyed it very much and we took a lot of nice pictures.
In recent years the lavender fields of Brihuega have become one of the highlights of the summer. If you are in Spain during July, there is only one thing we can suggest: don’t miss this!