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On the ridge of the Balkans – from Beklemeto to Kozya Stena hut

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I’ve been dreaming for the ridges of the Balkans for long time. And the idea finally riped during one sunny weekend when we decided to go to the Central Balkans mountain.

The Central Balkan National Park is one amazing place which is situated in the heart of Bulgaria and includes the highest peaks of the Balkans. From the slopes you can see the South and the North part of Bulgaria, amazing nature, horses, caws as well as many preserved species, including edelweisses. And to be more correct – the area close to the Kozya stena hut is the only one place in the Balkan mountain where you can see the edelweisses.

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Village Orehovo – the crossroads to Rhodopes

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The village of Orehovo is one of those small and typical Rhodopean villages, populated by friendly people with big hearts and smiles. It is a starting point to many tourist routes in Rhodopes. You can choose from many natural attractions – such as River, old Roman road,  waterfalls, huts, canyon, old and not so old Churches. It is also part from the longest tourist route going through Rhodopes starting from Hvoina and continuing to Stavrupolis in Greece. It is also located very close to one of the most popular destinations in Bulgaria – the Marvelous Bridges.

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Village Svejen – The Architectural Treasure of Sredna Gora Mountain

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It is unvelivable how many impressive things you can see only in few hours in village Svejen. There is a hut, a mountain, a lake, a river, an old Bulgarian architecture with interesting houses, small winding streets and grean medows wherever you look. And all this variety of colors and shapes is located in only two hours from Sofia.  All this athmosphere force you to stop and forget about the busy day to day life in the noisy city. It looks like the village yet is not so well known destination, probably because of it location. But it has everything for a perfect weekend out – fresh air, stillness, lush green nature and even more than the rest well known places – no crowds 🙂

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Hiking in Vitosha without crowds – mission possible

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If you browse the internet about hiking in Vitosha you will probably found a lot of popular routes such as the Golden bridges, Aleko hut or Boyana’s waterfal. All of them are charming places to go during the week, but are also usually very crowded with people during the weekend. Actually Vitosha is one of the favourite places for relax of many people in Sofia. Its proximity to the city makes it one of the most visited places during the summer and winter.

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Tran Eco Trail II – Walking the goat’s path

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My face at the beginning – skeptic about the quality of bridges..

When I hear the name of Tran the first thing that comes to my mind is the Erma river gorge and the ecopath that goes to there. Whereas it turns out that there is one more not so well known ecopath which I found just yesterday – Tran Eco Trail II. Few hours afterwards I already was there 🙂 The ecopath is starting few kilometers from Tran from the village of Bankya.

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Village Chavdar and Archaeological Park “Topolnitsa”

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One of the things I like most is to discover new places I have never heard before. One of my latest trip was exactly like this. Even though village Chavdar and the archaeological park Topolnitsa are only in one hour distance from Sofia I have not even imagined that there is a place like this so close to me.

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Geopark Iskar-Panega – diving into the Blue

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Geopark Iskar-Panega is a beautiful place with unspoiled nature just in 2 hours from Sofia. The place is also famous with the biggest karst spring in Bulgaria – Glava panega. This is the reason of the specific blue color of the river. The area is also known with its rocks formations dating 100 milion years back and the amazing lush nature. During the summer you can see many dragonflies.  Another interesting route in the region is Prohodna cave and the National cave house of Karluкovo.

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Bratsigovo and Snejanka cave – a great weekend far from city

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Traditionally with approachment of the weekend one question gives me no peace – where to go this time? Recently I reached a lot of places that are in a hour distance from Sofia and obviously it was time to extend that circle.

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One day trip to Musala hut and Musala lake

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Musala hut

Rila as you may already know is the highest mountain in the Balkans peninsula with its peak Musala (2925 m). Apart from the peaks there are many interesting places to see there – the more you explore the more beautiful places you will find. If somebody asks me where to go close to Sofia, then I definitely will suggest Rila mountain.

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Ecopath “Looking at nine mountains”- Sofia Region

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A panoramic view to surrounding hillsThe ‘Looking at nine mountains’ path was in my plan for long but I knew that I have to wait for a ‘special weather condition day’. I had read that it may be hot to climb (due to expose to the sun and less trees) and it’s not recommended going there during the Summer. The perfect moment came at the beginning of September. It was a sunny autumn day, not so hot and very convenient to climb peaks. That day I realised that you shouldn’t travel hundreds of kilometers to see nice places – there are many of those at a hand distance.

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