Apriltsi is a picturesque town situated in central north Bulgaria at the foot of the highest peak in the Balkan Mountains – Botev, 2376 m. The town is located 550-600 m above sea level, has a population of around 4000 people, and is proclaimed a reserve of local importance. Except for Botev, there are other peaks Balkan Peaks in close proximity to Apriltsi, namely Triglav and Maragidik. The town is a relatively new tourist destination, but highly popular now. Apriltsi was created by the [Detailed Information]
Arbanasi is an architectural reserve situated 4 km from Veliko Turnovo. The village is a museum of cultural heritage. Some of Arbanasi's churches, monasteries and houses are under UNESCO protection for world cultural heritage.
The village lies 400 m above sea level on a high rocky plateau facing the Tsarevets and Trapezitsa historic hills. The whole Arbanasi is a museum. The earliest written evidence for the village dates back from 1538 year, a sultan firman by Syuleiman The Magnificent [Detailed Information]
The small picturesque town of Bankya is a world-famous spa resort, situated amidst greenery and sunshine, 17 km west from Sofia at the fеетt of Lulin Mountain. What best characterizes the town are the climate, the healing virtues of the mineral waters, the well-organized sanatorium and resort accommodation, the highly skilled medical specialists, as well as the numerous patients that have recovered after cardiovascular disorders or insults.
Bankya Beach has modern swimming [Detailed Information]
Belogradchik is a town in north-west Bulgaria, picturesquely spread over the western part of the Balkan Mountains, 550 m above sea level. Belogradchik is very small town with population of only 6780 people. It is very famous tourist destination particularly known for the Belogradchik Rocks Phenomenon. The rocks are spread for almost 30 km around the town and have formed different shapes with amazing resemblance of people, birds and animals, castles and fortresses, chariots, and skyscrapers, [Detailed Information]
Nestled in the middle of Balkan Mountains, 16 km from Gabrovo, Bojentsi is one of the most famous Bulgarian villages. The village is architectural-historical reserve, a member of the 100 National Tourist Sites of Bulgaria. The village is more than 600 years old according to the legend. A noblewoman named Bozhana brought her family from the capital of that time Veliko Tarnovo to the Balkan looking for protection and in search of a better life. In the middle of XVII century there are only 24 [Detailed Information]
Dospat is a town situated in the very south of Bulgaria, close to the Greek border, in Smolyan district (Rodopi Mountain). Dospat is a relatively young, proclaimed for a town in 1974. It is located 57 km from the winter ski resort of Pamporovo, 118 km from Plovdiv and 191 km from the capital city Sofia. The relief is represented by very rough terrain with a lot of steep hills and rocks. The spring comes late, followed by a cool summer and warm fall. Near the town is Dopsat Lake – the most [Detailed Information]
Dryanovo Municipality is situated in the central part of the Stara Planina Mountain, on area of 248,5 m2, with altitude varying from 180 to 640 m above sea level. In the municipality there is huge diversity of natural forms: magnificent mountain slopes covered with mixed broad-leaved woods, hills and rocks, among which are slowly floating the waters of the rivers Yantra and Dryanovska. The climate in the region is moderately continental, with mild winter and warm and fresh summer, which makes [Detailed Information]
The Ethnographic museum Etar is the first open air museum of this kind opened in Bulgaria. It was established on September 7th, 1964. The museum is situated 8 km South of the town of Gabrovo. The preliminary design and methodology were done by the Gabrovian Lazar Donkov (1908 - 1976) who was also the first director of the museum. "In the museum exhibitions so far the visitor was not placed in an immediate contact with the past - Mr. Donkov writes. That is how I came to the idea of establishing [Detailed Information]
The town of Hissarya is located in the centre of south Bulgaria in the outskirts of Sredna Gora Mountain. Having 22 different mineral springs, Hissarya is a world-famous health resort. The temperatures in the mineral water springs are ranging between 37 and 51 C.
The climate in Hissarya is transitional-continental with very mild winter. The snow stays 27 days per year and the spring comes early. The average temperature is 11.5 C. Autumn is warm and long lasting. Cloud coverage is low. The [Detailed Information]
Kalofer is located in the heart of Bulgaria, nestled in the Central Balkan Mountains below Botev Peak, and serves as a gateway to the Central Balkan National Park. Its scenic location, rich past and proud people make it an ideal place to experience authentic traditions, learn about local history and take in beautiful nature. Here visitors have the opportunity to enjoy sustainable, small-scale tourism and get a taste of real Bulgaria. Whether you want to learn about local history and tour the [Detailed Information]
Koprivshtitsa is one of the centers of the Bulgarian education, literature and culture from the National Revival Period. Tremendously beautiful, the town is a member of the 100 National Tourist Sites of Bulgaria. The town of Koprivshtitsa is the best preserved architectural reserve in Bulgaria. The small town with cobble-paved streets and picturesque colorful houses from the 17-18th century is situated among spacious meadows and quite forests with bracing air in the heart of Sredna Gora [Detailed Information]
The town of Kotel (population: 7433, 527 m above sea level) is situated in a picturesque small valley (kotlovina - that is where its name derives from) in the Kotel Balkan (Eastern Stara Planina Mountain. It is 328 km east of Sofia, 49 km north-east of Sliven, 38 km and 62 km south of Omourtag and Turgovishte, respectively. Kotel is an old town from the Revival Period.
At the beginning of the Ottoman Rule Kotel was inhabited by Bulgarians from the adjacent towns and villages in search of [Detailed Information]
High, up on the Western slopes of the Dubrashky Part of the Western Rodopi Mountain (23 km northeast of the town of Gotze Delchev and 17 km north of the village of Gurmen) at 1020 m above the sea level, is situated one of the national architecture legends – the village of Kovachevitsa. Built in the severe conditions of high-mountain environment, yet in a mild Mediterranean climate with mountain influence, carried alongside the Kanina (Bloody) River Valley that juts into the steep slopes of [Detailed Information]
The village of Leshten is one of the most attractive and authentic resorts for rural tourism in Bulgaria. It is located on the south slope of East Rodopi Mountains overlooking unforgettable view of Pirin Mountain, 200 km from Sofia.
There are fifteen restored houses in Leshten offering National Revilal Period atmosphere combined with modern comfort. The houses have vast balconies, lovely yards and restaurants where the guests can cook their own food with products of the local farms. [Detailed Information]
Melnik is a very interesting Bulgarian town situated in south-west Bulgaria in Blagoevgrad district, 10 km east of Sandanski. Melnik is famous for a number of reasons and is a place where every Bulgarian goes on a vacation at least once: it is the smallest geographical settlement classified as a town; it is a town-museum with 96 buildings pronounced for cultural monuments; it has great traditions in wine making, due to the unique grape varieties cultivated in the region; and last, but not the [Detailed Information]
Situated in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains at an altitude of 1,200 m, Momchilovtsi is a picturesque village 240 km from Sofia, 100 km from Plovdiv and 150 km from Smolyan. The surrounding area boasts a favourable geographic location and sufficient natural factors to make it a popular holiday resort: there is good transport access, mountain climate with marked Mediterranean influence, clear steams abounding in Balkan trout, wealth of wild fruit, herbs and mushrooms, rich and varied fauna, [Detailed Information]
Panaguyrishte is a small, historical town located in the skirts of Sredna Gora Mountain in Pazardjik district. It lies 523 m above sea level and is only 42 km north of Pazardjik and 90 km east of Sofia. Its population, as of 2005, is estimated to be 20,940 people. The settlement dates back from ancient times but was formed as the town of Panagyurishte between XII – XIV century. Panagyurishte is world famous for its Gold Treasure dating back from the Hellenic Age (IV – III century B.C.). [Detailed Information]
The village of Ribaritsa is located at the skirts of Stara Planina Mountain, near the Teteven Balkan. It is the most picturesque settlement from the 13 settlements in the region. It is situated 15 km from Teteven, 74 km southwest of Lovech and 138 km northeast from the capital city of Sofia. The village lies on the two shores of the White Vit river. Its name is not accidental - a bronze figure of a fisherman (Ribar), the symbol of the resort, can be seen standing on the top of a rock on the [Detailed Information]
Situated at an altitude of 224 m in the valley of the Sandanska Bistritsa River, at the foot of the magnificent South-western slopes of Pirin Mountain, the town of Sandanski is famous for the beauty of its scenery and a wealth of resources for spa and climatic treatment. This is the warmest and sunniest town in Bulgaria with the least temperature variations throughout the year. Without exaggeration the climate of Sandanski can be described as unique. Throughout the year, air temperatures [Detailed Information]
Sapareva Banya is a town situated in south west Bulgaria in Kyustendil district, 750 m above sea level. Sapareva Banya is known for having the hottest water springing from a geyser in Europe – 103 C, the geyser is the only one of its kind on the Balka Peninsula. Panichishte ski resort, located on the border of Rila National Park is only a coule of km away. Sapareva Banya is 70 km sout west of Sofia and 30 km away from Borovets – the biggest ski resort in Bulgaria. The Seven Rila Lakes, one [Detailed Information]
The village of Shiroka Luka lies at 1,206 m above sea level, in the central Rhodope Mountains, 20 km north-west of Smolyan. Siroka Luka is famous for its authentic Rhodopean architecture and for the kaba gaida - a local type of bagpipe used in Bulgarian folklore music.
Shiroka Luka is a mountain village created in the same manner many other mountain villages were created in Bulgaria during the Ottoman Yoke. In the middle of XVII century, people trying to escape from forced Islamization and [Detailed Information]
Teteven Municipality is situated in Lovech Region, north-central Bulgaria, in the Valley of Vit River, surrounded by the beautiful peaks - Petrahilja, Cherven, Treskavetz and other from the Zlatitza-Teteven area of the mountain. The highest elevations vary from 340 m to 2100 m. above sea level. The population of the municipality and the town itself is 25,000 and 12,000 respectively. The climate is temperate-continental, with a relatively mild winter and cool summer.
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Trigrad is a Bulgarian village situated in south Bulgaria, in Rodopi Mountains, not far away from the Greek-Bulgarian border. Trigrad is 36 km south of the municipality center Devin and around 40 km west from the district center – Smolyan, at 1240 m above sea level. The population of the village is around 850 people living in houses built on top of rocks surrounded by bigger and more massive rocks.
A lot of artifacts have been discovered in Trigrad region – caves used as homes in the [Detailed Information]
Troyan municipality is located in the major northern economic region of the Republic of Bulgaria. The town of Troyan is the center of the municipality. It is situated on the abundantly terraced banks of Beli Osam River, at the northern foot of Troyan-Kalofer part of Stara Planina Mountain, not far from Troyan pass, at an altitude of 400 meters. That geographical location provides conditions for good transport connections.
The town has a convenient road connection with Southern Bulgaria [Detailed Information]
The Municipality of Tryavna occupies a territory of 270 sq.km.It is placed along the northern slopes of the Tryavna Balkan Mountain and Fore-Balkans. The relief is diverse - from mountain to river valleys, hills and gorges. The elevation varies from 380 m to 1489 m from the sea level. A substantial part of its territory, as much as 130 sq. km, is covered mainly with oak and beech forests. The farming land is 126 sq. km or 47%, half of which comprises of meadows and pastures. The town lies [Detailed Information]
Velingrad is located in the most picturesque part of the Western Phodopi Mountains – The Chepino Valley. The unique combination of climate, mineral waters and wonderful nature makes the town a preferable tourist destination for recreation, treatment and rest. The town is at 750-780 m above sea level.
The climate is temperate continental, very favourable for tourism. The summer is cool, the winter mild and snowy and autumn is warmer than spring. The average annual temperature is about 10 to [Detailed Information]