Turkey’s lavender fields: lake district meets Provence

You may have seen them on Instagram, pictures of the sea-of-purple-lavender-fields bordering Lake Burdur in Turkey. If it weren’t for the caption, you’d assume that this landscape is the Provence in France. It’s an honest mistake, and it may be more closely related to the historical background of Turkey’s lavender fields than you think. These past years, the lavender fields near Isparta have become a top destination for selfie-lovers looking for the ultimate Instagram shot. Us? Well, the ultimate selfie on Instagram (or anywhere else) has never made it onto our list. Still, we found there were reasons enough to visit Kuyucak Köyü, or the lavender-scented village, as people call it.

If you’re into beautiful landscapes and supporting local communities, read on to find our top tips to make the most out of your lavender fields visit and how to avoid the crowds.

Kuyucak Is The Place To Go To See Beautiful Lavender Fields In Turkey

Kuyucak Is The Place To Go To See Beautiful Lavender Fields In Turkey

Turkey’s lavender fields: the (hi)story behind it

Historically speaking, the Isparta area is rooted in rose oil production. So, when did the lavender fields pop up? Lavender was planted in Kuyucak for the first time in 1975 after a rose trader brought back some plants from his visit to the Provence. Some 30 families got a lavender plant and gave it a place to grow next to their rose gardens. But it wasn’t until after 1990 that the commercial production of lavender became a reality.

The reason is obvious, with a modest start of just a few lavender plants, it took patience and dedication before fully grown plants covered the lavender fields of Kuyucak village. As a perennial plant, it takes about three years before lavender fully develops and produces a maximum and mature harvest. Nowadays, the lavender fields near Kuyucak stretch over 300 hectares and account for over 90% of Turkey’s total lavender production. The result is a lavender-scented sea of purple that covers the hills and valleys near Kuyucak from the end of June till the end of August. And the stunning display of natural beauty isn’t the only reason why you should drop by the lavender fields.

If Only You Could Smell It...

If Only You Could Smell It…

Locals And Tourists Alike Appreciate The Beauty Of The Lavender Fields Near Isparta

Locals And Tourists Alike Appreciate The Beauty Of The Lavender Fields Near Isparta

How Turkey’s lavender fields are empowering local women

Since Kuyucak has become Turkey’s leading producer of lavender, the lives of the locals in the village, and more particularly the local women, have changed substantially. Why? Because a cooperative consisting entirely of women from the village runs the ‘Lavender Village’ (or Lavanta Kokulu Köyü) project. It has not only become an important source of income, but it is also empowering these women and providing a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Souvenir Stall In Turkey's Lavender Village Kuyucak

Souvenir Stall In Turkey’s Lavender Village Kuyucak

Lavender has changed our lives completely. We produce all sorts of lavender products, water, oil, cream, cologne, jam, ice cream, shower gel; you name it…Huriye Tezcan - Lavender Farmer

If this alone isn’t a good enough reason for wanting to visit, you’ll find some more below.

Spectacular vistas and local produce

Turkey’s lavender fields near Isparta are set in a stunning natural setting. With Lake Burdur below and the Taurus Mountains as a backdrop, these spectacular purple valleys and hillsides are a feast for the eye and your senses. They say lavender has relaxing properties. It is known to be one of its key benefits. Visiting these lavender fields in Turkey, you’ll feel relaxed even before getting out of the car. But once you do get out… The smell is overwhelming. And, the bigger the field, the more intense the lavender aroma.

As always, we want to advise you to take your time and enjoy the soothing capacities of the lavender. To make the most out of your visit, do not just jump out of the car at the first field you spot. You’ll notice that patience is rewarded if you make an effort to venture a bit further afield, even beyond the village, which is where we took these photos.

Now that you’re here, you may want to take home some of the local produce to enjoy the benefits of lavender at home. They do say that smells evoke memories, so, in a way, the smell of lavender will take you back. More benefits include:

  • relaxing sore muscles
  • relieving tension headaches
  • supporting a good night’s sleep
  • soothing itching and swelling of insect bites
  • treating minor burns
  • reducing inflammation
All Colors Of Purple When Choosing The Right Lavender Souvenir

All Colors Of Purple When Choosing The Right Lavender Souvenir

All Is Green And Purple

All Is Green And Purple

Best time to visit the lavender fields in Turkey

Now that you know that it pays off to explore the area beyond the village, it is also good to know when Turkey’s lavender fields are at the top of their beauty. The lavender season in Kuyucak starts somewhere around the summer solstice. But if you want the see the purplest of purples, your best bet is to go the first half of July. In any case, the lavender blooms from the end of June until its harvest in August.

Welcome To Kuyucak, Turkey's Lavender Village

Welcome To Kuyucak, Turkey’s Lavender Village

Golden Hour At Turkey's Lavender Fields

Golden Hour At Turkey’s Lavender Fields

How to get to the Lavender Village

The easiest way to reach Kuyucak is by car. The road to the village is well signposted from both the D625 and the D650 main roads. Look out for the brown sign that says Lavanta Köyü. If you’re arriving by plane, the nearest airport is less than half an hour away by taxi. Alternatively, if you’re relying on public transportation, your best option is to take a bus from Isparta to Keçiborlu. Click here for the current timetables and to book your ticket online. (website is in Turkish but very straightforward) From there, you’ll need a taxi or a private transfer to get to Kuyucak.

If you’re lucky, there may also be a limited dolmuş service from Isparta to Kuyucak, the lavender village. It only runs during the weekends for the duration of the lavender season, and leaves from the Isparta Köy Garajı at 10:00, 12:00, and 14:00 o’clock, with return buses from Kuyucak at 13:00, 16:00, and 19:00 o’clock. Think of this as a lucky bonus, not as a certainty.

That's What The Lavender Fields In Turkey Look Like!

That’s What The Lavender Fields In Turkey Look Like!

Final thoughts on visiting Turkey’s lavender fields

Is the Lavender Village commercialized? Of course, it is! Quite rightly so. As shown in the video, locals have started to earn a better living after they started to produce and sell lavender products. Visiting the Lavender Village and buying some produce is a great way to contribute to the local community. With its growing popularity also come tour buses. You may even decide to join one of those tours.

If you’re more of an independent traveler like we are, and you prefer to avoid the crowds, your best shot would be to go later in the day when most of the daytrippers have left. Also, the lavender fields near Isparta are stretched out, so it is just a matter of perseverance and finding the right spot.

Taking In The Soothing Smell Of Lavender

Taking In The Soothing Smell Of Lavender

If you’re looking for a place to sleep, the only licensed hotel in the area is Lavanta Villa. It is a spotlessly clean, small family-run hotel located just before the lavender village that was kind enough to host us for the night. Ismail and his family are very knowledgeable and passionate advocates for the area. They are extremely helpful in guiding you to the right spots and answering any questions you may have. If you ask us, the perfect hotel choice in this area.

Our special thanks to the lovely Gülberk of Villa Lavanta for being our beautiful model. Follow her on Instagram.

Lavender Fields Near Isparta With Lake Burdur Below

Lavender Fields Near Isparta With Lake Burdur Below

Of course, there are more areas in Turkey where lavender is grown. Think of the fields on Gokceada, for example, or the ones near Edirne, just to name a few. Still, it is with good reason that people flock to Turkey’s lavender fields near Isparta, the size of the fields, and the spectacular setting play an important role in that decision. While you are here, check out more places of interest in the area such as Eğirdir, Sagalassos, or Lake Salda. And if you’re not in the country during the lavender season, you may be in luck and find that the famous rose fields are blooming, or the lilies are showing off.

Click here to read our post on the rose harvest

Isn't This Pretty?

Isn’t This Pretty?

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Visit more of the area as suggested above. Use our Turkey Trip Planner to add your favorite spots to your list.

You must have guessed it already, we’re independent travelers. Joining groups for excursions or activities isn’t really our cup of tea. But we fully understand that not everyone is keen on exploring Turkey on their own. That’s when Get Your Guide comes in handy. They offer plenty of activities and sightseeing tours that you can pre-book online.

If you’re more into a personalized experience while enjoying the services of a guide, Tours by Locals may be what you’re looking for! We just love them! You get the knowledge and assistance of a local, and the experience of independent traveling. Best of both worlds, really.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We can’t recommend hotel Lavanta Villa enough. The owners truly go out of their way to make you feel welcome and to show you the best that this area has to offer.

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

When traveling by car, follow the signs from both the D625 and the D650 main roads. Look out for the brown sign that says Lavanta Köyü.

If you’re relying on public transportation, your best option is to take a bus from Isparta to Keçiborlu. Click here for the current timetables and to book your ticket online. (website is in Turkish but very straightforward) From there, you’ll need a taxi or a private transfer to get to Kuyucak.

If you’re lucky, there may also be a limited dolmuş service from Isparta to Kuyucak, the lavender village. It only runs during the weekends for the duration of the lavender season, and leaves from the Isparta Köy Garajı at 10:00, 12:00, and 14:00 o’clock, with return buses from Kuyucak at 13:00, 16:00, and 19:00 o’clock. Think of this as a lucky bonus, not as a certainty.

If you’re arriving by plane, the nearest airport is less than half an hour away by taxi. When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Here’s what other travelers are saying about visiting the lavender fields in Turkey, near Isparta.

If you have questions about visiting Turkey’s lavender fields, feel free to ask. You can send us a message through our contact page, or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Visit more of the area as suggested above. Use our Turkey Trip Planner to add your favorite spots to your list.

You must have guessed it already, we’re independent travelers. Joining groups for excursions or activities isn’t really our cup of tea. But we fully understand that not everyone is keen on exploring Turkey on their own. That’s when Get Your Guide comes in handy. They offer plenty of activities and sightseeing tours that you can pre-book online.

If you’re more into a personalized experience while enjoying the services of a guide, Tours by Locals may be what you’re looking for! We just love them! You get the knowledge and assistance of a local, and the experience of independent traveling. Best of both worlds, really.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We can’t recommend hotel Lavanta Villa enough. The owners truly go out of their way to make you feel welcome and to show you the best that this area has to offer.

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

When traveling by car, follow the signs from both the D625 and the D650 main roads. Look out for the brown sign that says Lavanta Köyü.

If you’re relying on public transportation, your best option is to take a bus from Isparta to Keçiborlu. Click here for the current timetables and to book your ticket online. (website is in Turkish but very straightforward) From there, you’ll need a taxi or a private transfer to get to Kuyucak.

If you’re lucky, there may also be a limited dolmuş service from Isparta to Kuyucak, the lavender village. It only runs during the weekends for the duration of the lavender season, and leaves from the Isparta Köy Garajı at 10:00, 12:00, and 14:00 o’clock, with return buses from Kuyucak at 13:00, 16:00, and 19:00 o’clock. Think of this as a lucky bonus, not as a certainty.

If you’re arriving by plane, the nearest airport is less than half an hour away by taxi. When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Turkey's Lavender Fields Lake District Meets Provence
Turkey's Lavender Fields Lake District Meets Provence
Turkey's Lavender Fields Lake District Meets Provence
Turkey's Lavender Fields Lake District Meets Provence
Turkey's Lavender Fields Lake District Meets Provence

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