Lavender fields in Brihuega, Spain! Crazy right? Turns out you don’t have to go all the way to France to check lavender fields out.
There’s plenty of reasons why people love lavender. It smells amazing and has calming properties, but it also has a beautiful bright purple hue too.
Who doesn’t want to go to a lavender field? 🙂 Today we’re going to be talking all about Brihuega’s Lavender fields.
We all love a good find and the regions surrounding Madrid have no shortage of that.
During this time where everybody is scared of going anywhere far, now’s the time to get creative in whatever country you are in.
With staying local more than usual, creativity and research are what’s leading me to new places. Viva, Google!
There’s plenty to see, everywhere. Get ready for 2021 and start planning your trip to the lavender fields in Brihuega next summer.
Tip: if you are planning a trip to Guadalajara, make sure to make a stop in Madrid, the Spanish capital.
It’s a must if you’ll already be in the area. Find my local Madrid blog posts here:
Here are 5 things everyone who’s interested in going to the “Campos De Lavenda” should know.
1. The lavender fields in Brihuega are the most popular
Brihuega is a pueblo in Guadalajara, Spain. Guadalajara is in the Castilla de La Mancha region.
It is the perfect day trip from Madrid with only an hour’s drive. The easiest way to travel here is by car, however, there are plenty of tours that arrange visits during blossom.
No car? No problem! One that I can recall is Smart Insiders with a cost of 20ish euros. The Brihuega tourism board organizes tours for 4 euros but was cancelled this year due to COVID.
Originally, during the 2nd half of the month of July, a Lavender Festival in Brihuega occurs.
Due to the coronavirus situation, they canceled that too (what else is new right! haha) but hopefully, things will be better next year, it looks interesting.
You are supposed to dress in white for the festival. Looks like that is a general rule of thumb because I saw a ton of people wearing white when visiting.
If you are interested in learning more about the Lavender festival in Brihuega, feel free to go to the Festival De La Lavanda website for future dates and more information.
Previous acts to the Festival De La Lavanda include Café Quijano, Estrella Morente, Pitingo, etc.
2. There is more than one lavender field
Upon arriving to the lavender fields you will see along the way there are plenty of more fields before and after.
The fields run through different areas that are named Almadrones, Cogollor, and the most popular, Brihuega.
To be exact amongst these 3 areas, there are about 4,942 acres of lavender fields.
Guadalajara is home to 10% of the world’s lavender crop. That’s a lot of lavender! Provence, China, and Bulgaria produce even more.
Once you are in the area that it is all lavender fields, the choice is yours of when you want to stop, pull over, and go for a walk.
Here’s one of the addresses to the lavender field: CM-2005, 19400 Brihuega, Guadalajara. However, there are plenty more coordinates to choose from on the Tourism Brihuega website.
There are dirt roads where you can park where ever it makes sense. Just dont block anyone from coming in or out, including your own car.
The Brihuega tourism website mentions an entrance of 3 euros but where we pulled over there was no entrance fee, just people walking through the lavender fields.
I’d supposed different fields have different rules, just in case bring a few cash euro to be safe. (don’t think they would have a credit card machine for admission fees)
3. The time to see lavender fields are the month of July
Like anything that grows, the lavender fields in Brihuega have a season. The best time to see them is the month of July. I went on 7/11 and they were in full bloom.
You can attempt to see them during the beginning of August but it is risky, it might be harvested already.
My assumption is that the harvesting changes year after year so no exact date when the lavender isn’t there but here’s a great tip:
When I researched through some forums regarding harvests to share exact dates, here’s what I found dated 7/31/2020 –
“Brihuega Tourism Office has mentioned the flower reached its peak a few days ago and is gradually losing its hue. The harvest has also started and there are some plots that are already mowed. This work lasts between 10-15 days, so if you wish to visit them, it is recommended that you visit the fields that are located in Villaviciosa de Tajuña, about 4-5 km from Brihuega, they are in good condition at the moment and usually be the last fields to be harvested. The visit is recommended for these next few days.”Tripadvisor forum
That’s a good rule of thumb, the earlier in the month the better but always check with local authorities just in case! (Nothings worst then going somewhere with the wrong expectations.)
4. Time is important
Flowers, blooming, and plants all bring insects. You might see bees around the fields if you go early in the day.
That’s something I kept reading in forums. I’d recommend going later (towards evening) so there are not so many.
We went around sunset (9 pm) and it was perfect. If you are looking for the perfect picture with the lavender fields in Brihuega, go around 7-8 am or 9-10 pm, AKA sunrise, or sunset.
Important! Make sure you are respecting the beautiful lavender. There are signs all over the fields that say it’s private property, you’re not supposed to be walking and stepping all over it so please be mindful of your tracks!
5. Sunflowers are right next door
Just when you thought you couldn’t get enough of lavender and flowers, you get sunflowers!
That’s right, right next to lavender fields are sunflower fields. Sunflowers are currently still in bloom at the moment but I’m sure things change every year.
Again, to make sure you have the right expectations, contact the Brihuega tourism office for more information:
- Brihuega tourist office phone (949 280 442/949 340 030) // email – email@example.com// Tourism Website
- Tourism hours: Open on Tuesday – Thursday, from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m, Fridays & Saturdays, from 10 a.m. – 2:30 pm & from 4 pm- 7.30 pm, Sundays, from 10 am- 2 pm.
You can also see sunflowers in La Bureba (a different region in Spain) that’s in Castilla y Leon in Burgos during spring. All you have to do is search and you shall find a whole lot of flowers.
Are you looking for even more flower blooms in Spain? Got you covered! Here are 15 spectacular landscapes that bloom during Spring/summer in Spain.
Happy Blooming xoxo,
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