One of the unadulterated signs of summer is when lavender bushes start to bloom: the fields are canopied in a magical purple colour and a pleasantly intoxicating cloud of scents, which encourages many to walk among the lavender to admire the view, pick a few bouquets of flowers to take home or just to take a few photos. Fortunately Hungary has plenty of options if you’re looking to pick some lavender, the best known of which are the lavender fields in Tihany.
Tihany and the lavender fields
Lavender is the first thing that comes to many people’s minds when they hear the word Tihany. Do you wonder what could be behind this? This flower has long played a prominent role in the life of the Tihany Peninsula: the first lavender field was planted here in the mid-1920s with propagating material straight from France. First, these plants emanated their scent in the area rented from the Tihany Abbey, and then, due to their great popularity, lavender spread to ever larger plantations. The success story of the lavender fields has soared ever since: Every year in Tihany, a ‘pick it yourself’ campaign is organised as part of the Lavender Festival, which always attracts many visitors to the northern shores of Lake Balaton.