Zagatalaland of roses
Rose bushes were first brought to Zagatala from Bulgaria in the 1960s and since then a variety of rose types, such as rainbow, Crimea and others, have been grown in the region. Roses are now everywhere, adorning streets and yards. And not only do the locals enjoy the beauty and aroma of this flower, but they’ve also become famous for making rose jam, rose water and rose syrups.
If you take a walk through the rose and lavender plantations of the Lecheq Farm and Distillery in the village of Ashagi Tala village in Zagatala, you’ll feel like you’re in paradise. The Lecheq Farm and Distillery, which has been operating since 2016, grows plants such as Damascus roses, narrow-leaved lavender and mint. And during a visit here, you’ll be amazed by the enchanting scent of flowers as you admire the beauty that surrounds you. As the flower fields are unshaded, it’s a good idea to visit in the morning to protect yourself from the hot sun. Taking pictures surrounded by the colourful flowers is sure to grab the attention of your friends back home!
Tours of the rose fields at Lecheq Farm and Distillery start in early May; you can visit them every day from 7am to 12am. Meanwhile, the best time to visit the lavender fields is from mid-June to early July, in the early hours of the day or after 4pm.
Near the plantations is the rose oil refinery, where you can witness the whole process of producing rose oil, which is used in various fields, from collecting the raw material to creating the final product. Guests are even given a symbolic amount of rose oil at the end of special tours, which are available through advance booking.
For more information:
Lecheq Farm and Distillery LLC
Address: Ashagi Tala village, Zagatala district, AZ6200
Tel: +99455 2050051; +99451 305 60 68; +994012 3100807