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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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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. All this variety of colors and shapes is located in only two hours from Sofia.  The athmosphere here will force you to 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 and lush nature.

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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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Tevno lake – the home of serenity and inner peace

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“Man landed on the Moon” – Now I know that feeling

Tevno lake is one of those places that you will never forget. The lake surrounded by cosmic panorama, the red cabin, the majestic slopes of Kamenitza peak are all as from a fairy tale. The stillness of the mountain and the land that looks like from another planet will leave you speechless. The scenery is so impressive that finally you feel all your senses devoted to that magic. Тhis is the place where the mountain stillness begins to live inside you. Firstly it takes a small place in your heart untill imperceptibly to ocuppy all your body and soul with gratitude to the mountain and life.

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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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Malyovitsa – the Alpine beauty of Rila mountain

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Malyovitsa peak in Rila mountainMalyovitsa is the perfect destination if you are searching for weekend or 1 day trip close to Sofia.

Its proximity to Sofia attracts many mountain lovers all year round. Malyovitsa is the name of a certain area situated in the north western part of Rila at 1700 m above sea level. There is also a ski resort with the same name located there. In addition to the skiing the area provides many other activities such as trekking and climbing and is also starting point for many hiking routes in Rila.

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Mugla Village and Kazandzhi Dere Eco Trail

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Mugla villageFar away from the crowded and noisy cities, enclosed between majestic slopes of Rhodope mountains is located Mugla village. The first inhabitants of the village settled the place because of the clean, pleasant to taste water. Once upon a time the village had a school with more than 300 students. Now the average age of all 217 inhabitants is over 50 years, the school is empty, but you can still feel the cosy atmosphere of the local life.

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One day in Lozen Mount – Lozen Monastery and Pasarel dam

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Finally the summer came. The rains stopped at the beginning of August and the sweltering heat of the city forced me to search salvation in the mountain. After a short analysis where to go I concluded that there are two places that are suitable for one day trip and I haven’t been soon – Lozen Mount and Vitosha. Vitosha of course is the most popular mountain among the residends of Sofia and is not a good idea to go there during the weekend, so I decided to go to Lozen – the less know destination.

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