The Rose oil festival at Kazanlak is one of the most remarkable events in Bulgaria. It has become an annual attraction of international importance since its first ever festival in 1903 and now brings thousands of visitors from all over the World every year to the area.
The buzz of the carnival atmosphere within the town of Kazanlak is amazing. There are many craft stalls, souvenir stands, art exhibitions, gourmet cooking and lets not forget the wine tasting. Lots more to enjoy for all ages.
Rose Oil Festival 2019
Friday 31st May Saturday 1st June Sunday 2rd June
Rose Oil Festival Tour from Sofia
from £52pp !
Join the most popular and visited festival in Bulgaria. Well-known for its production of rose oil essence, the Thracian valley hosts people from all over the world to celebrate the rose petals picking every late May and early June. Check out the itenary.
Queen of the Roses Procession
The rose harvesting goes on for weeks but the main rose oil festival celebrations are for three days. Friday Saturday and Sunday nearest to beginning of June where singing and dancing can be heard and seen everywhere from the many choirs and folklore groups from Bulgaria and other Balkan countries.
The festival climax is on the Sunday which sees the crowning of the ‘Queen of the Roses’ and the wonderful and colourful rose oil festival procession. Over 3000 people take part in the procession and is reputed to be the largest parade in Bulgaria!
The rose oil festival is free to watch. If you wish to be seated for the Sunday parade however, you must purchase a ticket.
If you wish to enter into the rose picking fields, there will be someone at the edge of the field selling tickets for about 8 euros depending on which field you visit.
All information can be found in the Kazanlak information office in the town square
One of the best ways to enjoy the Rose oil festival is to take a guided tour. They pack a lot into a day so you will often see more than the carnival.
Hotels Accommodation around Kazanlak
If you are going to visit the Rose Oil festival it is wise to book your accommodation well in advance if you wish to stay within the town. Hotels are booked up early and you may have to travel 20 miles (30kms) or more to the next available hotel that may suit your needs.
You can check out the hotels and book here
Apart from all the various stalls and singing and dancing. There are several museums in Kazanlak. Don’t miss the museum of roses which tells the story of the rose oil industry in Bulgaria. The Tombs of the Thracian Kings if time and take a trip to the Rose fields where traditional costume is worn and you can join in the folk singing and dancing as well as pick roses for the ‘kazan.’ Watch the ladies as they demonstrate craft skills. Oh! and take lots of photos!