In the municipality of Brihuega (province of Guadalajara, Castilla-La Mancha), summer begins at a time when lavender fields blossom, and the whole terrain turns into a continuous riot of purple hues. Experienced tourists advise visiting the fields at sunset: the sun sets and gently illuminates the surroundings, and the flowers exude a unique flavor.
July is the month of the beginning of the collection of lavender on the Mediterranean shores. The region of Alcarria, where more than 10,000 hectares of lavender fields are spread, was nicknamed the “Spanish Provence”: only about 45% of the distance from Madrid is concentrated about 10% of the world production of lavender flowers. In July many cities organize excursions to lavender fields, balloon flights, concerts (for example, the tribute of the great Beatles in Prado de Santa Maria), competitions and workshops on floristics and much more.
The Lavender Festival deserves special attention, which this year will be held in Briougega for the seventh time. The festival will begin on July 13 with a concert by Pitingo. After the concert, Andalusian chef Dani Garcia will share the secrets of creating the perfect dishes from local ingredients. The novelty of the 2018 festival will be races among lavender fields for a distance of 7 and 10 km (preliminary registration is necessary).