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A day in the Rose Valley of Bulgaria

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There is no doubt that the Rose Valley is a must see destination of Bulgaria. The relationship of Bulgaria and roses dates back in the centuries so there are many interesting facts and places that can be learnt and seen.

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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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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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Spring in the Park-Museum Vrana palace

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What is the best way to explore a destination? Of course to see the both – the nature and the history.

It was one of the first sunny and warm spring days when we decided to go there. Vrana Palace is a marvelous combination of history and nature. Though the days of Bulgarian kingdom are gone it is now open for visitors. Back to the 20th century it used to be the main private residence of the royal family of Bulgaria. It was build between 1890 and 1940 by Kind Ferdinand. The complex consists of several buildings and large botanical garden.

It is located just in 11 km from the center of the city.

Sequoias

Amazing sequoias

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Thermal water close to Sofia

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It is said that most of the cities in Bulgaria back in the first millennium BC had arisen close to the thermal water. It is believed that the Tracian tribes settled around and formed the first villages attracted by the rich with mineral water land.

Bulgaria has more than 500 hot springs and all around Sofia there are mineral water and spa’s. Even in the city close to the regional museum of Sofia you will see a big square with many locals charging their bottles with mineral water free of charge. The water is hot and it is famous with its mineral composition and abilities to heal several diases.

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Pancharevo lake – a quick escape from the city

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When going abroad I’m always trying to combine city break with short trip into the nature. If you have chosen to go to Sofia then don’t miss this opportunity. One of the biggest advantage of the city is its location near to many interesting places.

Pancharevo lake is situated in only 12 km from Sofia and it is reachable by public transport. The lake is about 5 km long and 1 km wide. Basically just in 30 minutes you can change the landscape from buildings and crowds to peacefull nature, lake and small countryside houses. Even if you have only few hours free you can still go there and to see something more than a busy town.

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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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5 places close to Sofia to visit this weekend

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Bulgaria is reach of amazing unspoiled destinations and there are plenty places close to Sofia awaiting to be discovered. If you are in Bulgaria for short break and your time is limited then you may be interested in some of destinations below.

Kremikovtsi Monastery – A touch to Bulgarian history and great walk through the forest

Kremikovtsi Monastery is located in only 20 km from Sofia close to the village Kremikovtsi. You can catch the bus to Kremikovtsi and then just to walk to there, as it is situated outside the village on nice hill. The monastery is from the 14th century. There is also an old church keeping its painting for centuries. It is open for visitors and there isn’t any entrance fee. The monastery has it’s own farm. The monarchs are growing some vegetable and sale their own products. You should try it, you will be amazed. From the top where the monastery is build you will see a wonderful panorama over Sofia. For more beautiful views, fields with horses and cows you can go to hut Strelets which is in two hours hike from the monastery. Go and see.

Pancharevo – Fresh air and stillness with lake views

Pancharevo is a district of Sofia, located at the foot of Lozenska and Plana mountains. It is famous with its lake and water activities such as kayaking, fishing, boating, sun bathing. If you are wondering where to spend a lazy day with family or friends, then Pancharevo is a great choice. You can reach it by bus number 1 or 3 which is departuring from Geo Milev station. In Pancharevo you can walk and enjoy the beautiful nature, far away from the noise of the big city. There are many alleys around the lake, so you can go there for a calm 1-2 hours walk with great views to the lake. There isn’t a lot of places for picnic on the shore of the lake, but there are enough in the surrounding area. There is also a mineral pool close to the lake.

Malyovitsa – The place all mountain lovers should visit

Beauty, tranquility and fresh air – this is how Malyovitsa can be described. Going to Malyovitsa offers a bit of activities to the mountain enthusiast. A beautiful scenery, diversing terrain and the fresh mountain air giving you the reward of being there. You can go to climb the peak or just walk to the hut for a lunch surrounded by mountain hills. All worth it. During the winter there are also conditions for skiing.

Malyovitsa is located in 60 km from Sofia and is suitable for one day trip from Sofia, but I would recommend to stay there at least two days. You will understand why if you try it 🙂 It can be reached by bus and there are many accommodation options with prices range from 15 to 20 BGN. See here how to reach Malyovitsa by bus.

Vazov’s eco path – A great hike close to Sofia

Vazova eco path is a great place to spend a day far away from the big city. Located just in 50? Km from Sofia and easy reachable by train it is a destination you should go. Just in hour trip with a train you will be there to enjoy the breath taking views, mountain air and amazing scenery around you. This round route is around 3 hours and there is also a bonus for all decided to go there – an amazing waterfall Skaklya. Check here detailed info how to reach the trail.

Beli Iskar eco trail – Lazy Sunday walk into the forest

If you are searching for easy hike into the forest – then this is your place. The length of the trail is around 3 hours, but you can decide how far you wish to go as the road back is close and you can always return there. The trail is easy even for small children. Many places for picnic and rest are built among the wind of the Beli Iskar river. Incredible views to the nature and amazing pine forest with the freshest air you have ever breath – all this is waiting there all year round. Beli Iskar ecopath is reachable by car.

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