Lavender Fields in Brihuega, Spain

July 23, 2018
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I used to think that to see lavender fields you had to go all the way to the region of Provence in France. This spring I found out that I had beautiful fields close to home so I marked down on my calendar "visit lavender fields in July". Why July? Because it's when this flower is in full bloom.

Just one hour from Madrid you can find a little town called Brihuega in the region of Guadalajara. During this month the Lavender Festival takes place. This means that there are 31 days of activities that go from concerts to a unique race around the fields.

Brihuega is a beautiful town. Even if it wasn't for the lavender fields, it's worth visiting. It has a lovely old town and many balconies and streets have lavender ornaments. Worth seeing are:

  • The Royal Cloth Factory of King Charles III. You can't visit the factory but you can see its beautiful French style romantic gardens. The name comes from the unusual round building -it looks like a bullfighting ring- in which cloth was made for military uniforms. Entrance to the gardens is 2€
  • the many well preserved churches
  • Peña castle built not for a king, but for archbishops who happened to be in the area 
  • The fountain of the 12 spouts
  • the tourist information office which used to be a Royal prison
  • Piedra Bermeja castle built by the moors and later expanded by the Christians
We just wandered around the streets and found the cutest spots.
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festival campos lavanda brihuega guadalajara lavender fields spain
festival campos lavanda brihuega guadalajara lavender fields spain
festival campos lavanda brihuega guadalajara lavender fields spain
festival campos lavanda brihuega guadalajara lavender fields spain
festival campos lavanda brihuega guadalajara lavender fields spain
festival campos lavanda brihuega guadalajara lavender fields spain
After visiting the village we took the car to find the fields. You can imagine the excitement when we saw a sea of purple hills from the road. It looked so beautiful!

The best time to photograph the fields it's either very early in the morning or just before sunset. Unless you want to get there around 7 or 8 am, I suggest  you choose the latter. Yes, there will be more people but there are so many fields and so big that you can get your perfect shot without anyone on it. The pictures below show you how different photos are depending on the hour.

This is what the lavender fields look like around 7 pm. These photos are a result of a lot of trial and error. I suggest you work with light, take pics from all possible angles until you find what works best. At this time hard shadows still appear on the face.festival campos lavanda brihuega guadalajara lavender fields spain
festival campos lavanda brihuega guadalajara lavender fields spain
festival campos lavanda brihuega guadalajara lavender fields spain
These are the fields before sunset (from 9:20 to 9:40pm). Nothing beats the golden light of sunset, right? Backlit photos will look amazing at this time. Another option is finding a spot lit by that last ray of light and placing your subject there.
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festival campos lavanda brihuega guadalajara lavender fields spain
festival campos lavanda brihuega guadalajara lavender fields spain
festival campos lavanda brihuega guadalajara lavender fields spain
festival campos lavanda brihuega guadalajara lavender fields spain
Tips:
  • Watch for the bees! These busy insects will be at work while you visit the fields. The later you go, the least you will find.
  • You can take a 1 hour tour for 3€ or get amazing views from hot air balloons.
  • Entrance to the fields is free (at least to the ones we visited), owners just ask you to respect the plants in exchange. Previous to our trip I had read online that owners charge 2€, I guess it depends on the field.
  • You can find GPS coordinates to the fields here.
  • Where to eat: we had booked a table in advance at Princesa Elima Restaurant. Both service and food were really good.
  • Parking in the village is hard because there's a lot of people to see the lavender festival, be patient. There are parking areas close to the lavender fields.
You can still see these beautiful fields in full bloom but hurry up, harvest starts in August.

BEST COLORS TO WEAR WHEN VISITING THE LAVENDER FIELDS
The tourism board of Brihuega advises you to wear white as the color that goes best with lavender. However, there are in my opinion other colors that go just as well. I considered wearing this white dress but in the end I opted for this marigold one instead because it creates a very interesting contrast with lavender, especially at golden hour. Lilac would work really well too since you'd be matching the surroundings.

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23 comments

  1. Beautiful place and pictures! Thanks for sharing and happy Monday xx

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  2. Living on Cloud NineJuly 23, 2018 at 12:33 PM

    So so beautiful!!! You look like a ray of sweet sunshine in that darling yellow dress!

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  3. What a heavenly post!! I would go in a flash if I wasn't allergic to bees. Loved seeing this post though, thank you xx Passion fruit, Paws and Peonies

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  4. Lavender fields have such a heavenly scent - you must have felt like you were in paradise. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Susie Klein GodfreyJuly 23, 2018 at 6:19 PM

    Oh my, what a beautiful sight and pretty lady too!

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  6. A beautiful place!! I loved the details of the photos.

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  7. Oh, I didn't know there were lavnder fields in Spain too. Your photos look so beautiful. I like your outfit too.

    Veronika
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  8. Fantastic lavender fields! Your pictures and outfit look absolutely amazing! ❤

    xoxo,
    Jessica | New post: http://whattostyle.blogspot.com/
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  9. these shots are breathtaking! i've always wanted to go to a lavendar field and this is making me want to go even more!
    xx jen
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  10. Lavender fields is gorgeous! What a lovely place indeed. Your photos are sooo cute too dear.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  11. Love Lavender fields, though I have yet to find any to visit! Would love to frolic though them! Pinned! #FarawayFiles

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  12. Ahhh how gorgeous!!! And you picked a perfect dress for that location! I recently went to a lavender garden here in the wine country and it smelled so good!

    Sending love from Napa Valley!

    Paulina | SHENSKA

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  13. Lovely photos and some good tips in your post about this lesser known town in Spain. Thanks for sharing. #FarawayFiles

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  14. Beautiful! I've always wanted to visit a lavender field (in Hokkaido!) but never went during the proper time of year. Thanks for the warning on the bees too - I'm really not a fan of those, so if I make it out there I'll heed your advice and go later in the day!

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  15. I hadn't realised that there were lavender fields in Spain either. Good on you for finding them! This town certainly does look worth a visit in any case. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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  16. I LOVE all of these pictures! Your yellow dress is so beautiful! I’d love for you to join our link up today!

    -Adriele
    StyleAssisted.com

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous and picturesque! You're right, photos taken at sunset are more beautiful than during the day. Oh your marigold dress goes really with the landscape :-) #FarawayFiles

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  18. Gorgeous photos, all of them, especially the ones where the sun sets over the lavender fields... Seeing your photos is like seeing them double because I took photos of so many of the same things hehehe ps. I never saw the umbrellas :(

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  19. We probably went to the same field :)
    We found the umbrellas randomly, wandering the streets. So many hidden gems in Brihuega.

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  20. Thanks for inviting me, Adriele!

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  21. So beautiful! Going to a Lavender festival sounds like an amazing idea. I like the name of your blog. :)

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