The Rose Valley Bulgaria
It is a region in Bulgaria located just south of the Balkan Mountains and the eastern part of the lower Sredna Gora chain to the south. Geologically, it consists of two river valleys, one to the west and one to the east.
The valley is 95 kilometers long with an average height of 350 meters and an area of 1895 square kilometers. The Kazanlak area stretches for 10-12 kilometers.
Respectively, the Kalofer Valley of Roses covers an area of 1387 square kilometers with a length of 55 kilometers and 16 kilometers width.
The valley is famous for its rose-growing industry which have been cultivated there for centuries. 60% of the world production of rose oil comes from Bulgaria, almost 1.7 tonnes per year. Each year, festivals are held celebrating roses and rose oil.
The Location of the Rose Valley
The Rose Valley has a perfect location for growing of the specific variety of rose Damascena. It lies between two mountain ranges that stop the cold winds in the winter. The land is slightly inclined and the soil is sandy which prevents the roots from freezing in the winter. The picking season lasts from May to June. During this period, the area gives off a pleasant scent and is covered with multi-coloured flowers. The gathering process, traditionally a woman’s task, requires great dexterity and patience. The flowers are carefully cut one by one and laid in willow-baskets which are then sent to the distilleries. Tourists are welcome to join the rose-picking process, usually on weekend mornings when special ritual reenactments are organized in villages around Kazanlak.
In September 2014 the European Commission approved Bulgarian rose oil as a new Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).
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Discover Bulgarian History & Traditions
Discover Bulgarian History & Traditions
The culture of Bulgaria is the product of its geography and its rich historical past. Biggest influence today we have from the period of the Ottoman Empire. Along with many Turkish words that we still use in our vocabulary, our cuisine is also very similar to the one of Turkey and the Middle East. We also have many similarities in the superstitious beliefs, in the music and in the architecture. Another aspect is the patriarchal customs in the Bulgarian families. Not less intriguing is that until few years ago, the women covered their heads and the arranged marriages were not rare.
Today Bulgaria is a modern country orientated towards the Western culture and most of these rites are gone. Nevertheless, in our folklore, customs and crafts many of them are still alive. We celebrate the religious feasts in our own way and it gives the charm and the uniqueness of the local traditions.
Discover Bulgarian History & Traditions is a journey through the Bulgarian development throughout the centuries. You will fully dive in the rural life and the way the locals live today. It is just a fantastic way to get back to the past and to feel the simple life that people lived in the past.
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Rose Festival Tours
Rose Festival Tours
It is the most romantic part of our job. During the period of the Rose Festival in Kazanlak the roses bloom. All over the Rose Valley, you will feel the scent of the roses, spread along kilometers. Although it is a hard work to provide a well-structured and designed tour for the Rose Festival, this is our favorite part. When we are perfect in the difficult stuff, then we show how good we are at this job. We fine-tune my tours for the Rose Festival to the last little detail. We discuss it with the guides again and again to make sure that everybody will perform in a most diligent way.
You can easily combine some of the other Tours of Bulgaria with the rose festival . This is how you will get in-depth with the culture and the traditions of Bulgaria.
Why book with us the Rose Festival Tour?
- I will guide you myself or will provide a guide from my great team
- The program that I set up will include the most interesting events
- All tickets will be purchased in advance
- The guide will take care of all the organizational aspects
- You do not have to worry about anything, you just have to enjoy
The Rose Festival in Kazanlak takes place every year, in the first weekend of June. On Sunday is the grand rose parade on the main street of Kazanlak. This event closes up the festivities and is the most visited one. You can choose a program to include two or three days in Kazanlak. You can pick up one including only the day of the parade, Sunday. If you cannot decide yourself, please contact me and I will give you further explanations on the programs.
When is the best period for a Rose Festival Tour?
Let`s first make clear that we have two rose festivals: in Karlovo and in Kazanlak. The one in Karlovo takes places in the last weekend of May. It has less visitors that makes it more enjoyable for our customers. The one in Kazanlak is more popular and it gathers thousands of tourists, which makes it a little bit overcrowded and hectic. That is why our planning of the tours is always impeccable and this is how we show our professionalism and high quality service.
If you decide to travel to Bulgaria in the end of May or beginning of June, I strongly suggest you start to plan your trip earlier. I will be happy to help you with the plan and will give you best proposals and ideas.
Since it is a big part of our job, I created a site specialized in the Rose Festival Tours and information about the Kazanlak Rose Festival. For detailed information, please see it here: www.bulgrariarosefestival.com
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