Damascena Ethnographic Complex

Damascena Ethnographic Complex

Damascena Ethnographic Complex
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The story begins in 1991. Damascena was established as the first private rose oil distillery in Bulgaria, and the love for the Bulgarian rose and traditions continues to this day. Damascena Complex is a place for friends and connoisseurs.If you want to feel the captivating scent of the Bulgarian rose in all its beauty visit us from mid-May to mid-June. This is where the rose festival begins early in the morning with the Rose Rose ritual, under the sounds of traditional live music. However, at any time of the year you will visit us, you will enjoy warm hospitality. During the guided tour you will have the opportunity to follow closely the technology of distillation of rose oil and to learn interesting facts about the history of the oil rose. Learn about the rich culture of our ancestors by visiting our Thracian Cultural Center. Here you will find a copy of the Panagyurishte Gold Treasure - a masterpiece of Thracian art and one of the most significant historical discoveries in Bulgaria
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Dream26270206130
101 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Would not recommend going outside of rose season. Everything is quite dead up there and empty when you visit the complex. There are still cool things around to look like some rose bushes, ponds, amphitheater, and history. It was quite disappointing since we hyped it up for ourselves. It was still a nice time and the food was great/affordable. Make sure to get the rose cake!

Gift shop has majority of rose products like cosmetics goods and your basic trinkets. Unfortunately, no nice postcards.
Written 2 September 2022
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DiDi
Shumen, Bulgaria77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
Beautiful place! It shows the rose oil distillation and Bulgarian life style and culture in the past.
Written 25 August 2019
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Neverborn Before
Bulgaria422 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Ehh not bad, but they have a lot to learn and work on... 1 restourant and 1 coffee place available... Food is good, but acommodation İ can give 7 of 10. You can make really good pictures and rest away from the city. Good for lunch and walk or walk and dinner. Unfortunately the only way to get there is by car, road is not the best... be carefull. Entrance fee between 3-6 euro per person. Souvenir shop available inside. Big free parking space.
Written 31 August 2019
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StefaanVS
Waasmunster, Belgium41 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2017 • Couples
This is a very new and well-kept complex and apparently the aim is to inform tourists about rose oil. However, despite the hefty entrance fee (12lv, 6€ per person), hardly any explanation is provided. A guide costs even more money. There are however a couple of shops and restaurants, so we felt ripped of - a bit like paying an entrance fee to a shop.
If you're not traveling with a group, it's not worth the money.
Written 23 July 2017
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ov45
Dubai, United Arab Emirates245 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Family
I had seen the project development from the last few years and the first phase is ready, so we decided to visit it,even my family came few weeks before me there.It was Sunday, September 04th.The theme is about the rose oil during the centuries in this region, but somehow the old Communism military style is well implemented, which doesn't match with the theme. You can see around so many details taken from some post army warehouses.That looks like the owner/s are ex-military executives.They try to collect old machines from the region and create a museum which is nice.Built a church in the complex, then following the written story of the author Aleko Konstantinov - To Chicago and Back,then small Zoo,large outdoor restaurant and another small restaurant near the small hotel.All this together is kind of mix up,that doesn't have proper vision. Wondering what is the real idea of spending so much money to create this circus in the middle of the country.Unless the money spent are from ex-Communist party stolen from the poor people.
Apart of that, to reach there with car, you must go thru macadam road,which is not pleasant.Surprisingly, near the entrance from the indoor side, you can notice nice parking lot for employee full of last model SUV's and other executive brands.That looks really suspicions.
This is about the feeling that this complex gives to people who has been around the World.
Regarding the late lunch that we do have at the restaurant, I can say, the typical restaurant cuisine available,where you can see in most of the 1 star restaurants, there were no specific specialty to make it unique - what is supposed to be.Anyhow the food was delicious,nice small breads prepared there as per the staff. Our waitress was kind enough and the service was nice.
Heard about the plans for the next phase of development there and wonder how so many mixed ideas could work in one place, unless it is well organized and separate theme areas are well brainstormed and executed. Otherwise it will be an typical keech place.
Written 22 September 2016
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Stephen K
Portsmouth, UK13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019 • Couples
Everything that you will ever need to know about the production of Rose oil and associated products.
There is a wonderful rose garden and restaurant, and a large selection of rose products to purchase.
You can also view the production process of the rose oil...
All set in wonderful grounds
Written 13 June 2019
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Anna N
Siem Reap, Cambodia20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019 • Friends
In May and beginning of June you can see the distillation of rose oil. Later in June lavender.
There are several restaurants in the complex. We tried baklava with rose oil, it was very delicious.
Soon they will open a new building with an amphitheater.
Written 1 June 2019
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Pam_B397
Melbourne, Australia58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
In the valley of Roses this complex has been created to show off the way in which the Roses are grown and harvested. The distilling area is quite amazing as are the gardens and waterfalls. The shopping area is very comprehensive and beautifully presented.
Written 12 November 2016
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IL
Kós, Greece11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2016 • Couples
Beautiful place with adorable smell of roses. Marvelous landscape with charming rose garden. Good trip with detailed explanation for the roses and rose butter manifacturer.
Written 10 June 2016
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Fea F
Romania39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The Damascena Ethnographic Complex isn't just a place; it's a celebration of the senses. Immerse yourself in a world painted in shades of rose, where history, tradition, and pure indulgence intertwine.

A Festival Fit for Royalty: Step into the heart of the rose festival and be swept away by a vibrant spectacle. Witness folk dances performed against the backdrop of blooming rose fields, a visual and cultural feast that captures the essence of the region. The intoxicating aroma of roses fills the air, setting the stage for an unforgettable experience.

A Journey Through Time: Delve into the fascinating history of rose cultivation at the ethnographic complex. Explore traditional houses showcasing the tools and techniques used for generations to harvest and distill rose oil, the liquid gold of the region. Witness the intricate process unfold and gain a newfound appreciation for this precious product.

From Field to Flask: Embark on a fascinating tour of the on-site distillery. Learn the secrets behind extracting the essence of the rose, from the delicate harvesting process to the meticulous distillation techniques. Witness the transformation of these beautiful blooms into a world-renowned fragrance, a testament to human ingenuity.

A Culinary Delight: After a day filled with exploration, tantalize your taste buds at the complex's restaurant. Savor dishes infused with the delicate flavors of rose, a unique culinary journey that complements your sensory experience perfectly. From rose-infused desserts to savory dishes featuring local ingredients, every bite is a celebration of the region's bounty.

A Shopper's Paradise: Indulge in a treasure trove of rose-themed delights at the on-site shop. Pamper yourself with luxurious rose-infused beauty products, or find the perfect souvenir to remind you of this fragrant adventure. From fragrant soaps and oils to delectable rose-flavored treats, there's something for everyone.

The Essence of Experience: The highlight of any visit is the chance to pick roses directly from the field. Sink your hands into the soft petals and experience the magic firsthand. The feeling of harvesting your own roses adds a personal touch to this unforgettable experience.

In Conclusion: The Damascena Ethnographic Complex is a must-visit for anyone seeking a unique and captivating experience. From the vibrant festival to the fascinating historical insights, and the chance to indulge in all things rose-related, it's a place that leaves a lasting impression. So, breathe in the intoxicating aroma, lose yourself in the beauty of the rose fields, and create memories that will forever be etched in your mind.
Written 24 June 2024
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