The museum was located in Pashovata Kashta but now it has moved to new premises which are not exactly suitable for a museum.
You will see pieces of ceramics found on the territory of the contemporary town as well as in the plateau of St. Nicholas Hill (Slav Fortress) as well as some typical Bulgarian carpets and cloths. Not really much to see, t be honest.
But if you are interested in the historical bit of Melnik, the museum is a good starting point. The lady who works there could provide you with a lot of info about Melnik and its history.
Also, you can buy from there a brochure with a short history of Melnik and a map with all historical sights marked on it. As far as I remember he price was BGN 2 (EUR ). I bought it. If I find it I will scan it and upload it here :)
Officially: 9.00 - 19.00 h.
In fact: 9.00 - 18.00 h.
Depends on if you talk to the lady who works in the museum.
If you do it could take quite some time. It took me a bot over half an hour.
If not, it wouldn't take more than 5-10 min.
Free of charge.
When it gets dark, Melnik houses are beautifully shining with lights. Its cozy to sit at the terraces or gardens of the mehana while enjoying a dinner and after that having some wines at the pavement terraces along the Melniska dol.
These bizar looking rocket formation are formed from the process of erosion. There are trails going into these rocky hills and you can hike in the area of some 17 square kilometers where you can see the strangest looking shapes in the rocks.
some must-see ruins in Melnik: 1. Bolyaskata kashta. This house was build in the tenth century and is the oldest residential house of bulgaria The house is a ruin, only some walls are standing and nothing is explained. 2. Sveti Antoni Church. Located on the hill in the middle of the town, this church remains as a ruin and is closed. It was build in the 19 th century. Nothing is signposted. But from the hill you have a great view over the town. 3.Sveti Nikolai Church and Slavova Krepost fortress. A path at bthe opposite of the hotel Rodina leads to the ruins of a church, which was build in 1756. A bit fuhrter you find a fortress build by Despot Slav. Passing by the ruins you find also some left overs of the Sveta Zona Chapel. 4.Turkish bathsBefore the Ogi tavern you find the ruins of a Turkish bath. Not very spectacular.
5.Sveti Petar and Pavel church and Sveta Barbara Church. The Sveti Petar and Pavel Church is located near the parking of the Melnik Hotel and dates from 1840, the Sveta Barbara church dates from the 15 th century and is located near the Kordopulov house
This museum exposes costumes and ceramics and photo’s of the town in the beginning of the twentieth century. It is located nexto hotel Despot Slav. Amission is 1 lv and its open from 9 am till 12 am and 2 pm to 6 pm.
This place is famous because it was here where Yane Sandanski proclaimed the liberation from the Turks in 1912. The house is a museum for the history of the village. The collection however is not so extended. Admission is 2 lv and its open from 9 am -12am and 1 pm-4 pm. You find the house at the left side at the first bridge over the Melnishka dol.
This house belonged to the towns most succesfull wine merchants. The house is build in 1754 and is the countries largest national revival building. The house has a 180 metres labyrinth caves in the winecellar and the sitting rooms are cozy with tables and old glass windows. Admission is 2 lv, but I wanst asked to pay admission as I was there. Its open from 8 am till 8 pm and you may be asked to pay extra if you want to take photo’s inside. The house is located at the end of the street, south of the creek
The best that you can do in Melnik is EAT and DRINK in the MEXHANAS, is almost the paradise!!! The traditional food is wonderful, for example the "kaverma" is a complete food in one plate and for drink the "rakia" is something as the Bulgarien tequila.
If you need more action or movement... you can walk on the mountains near town or travel to the Rusian Monastery near Melnik (is beautiful place) or you can visit the house of BABA BANGA (sorry if I write bad the name) she was a famous lady who could see the future.
I prefer the life inside the Mekhanas!!!
The house has a pretty big wine cellar in the basement in the form of a maze. It's equipped with special canals and ventilation.
My advice is to first explore the maze and then drink! It might take time to get out of there if you're dizzy from the wine!
It belonged to a very rich wine merchant who built it in 1754. it's a real masterpiece for our Bularian Revival period (at that time we're part of the Ottoman empire and there wasn't much going on in terms of architecture).
And Mr. Manolis Kordopoulis as rich guy was able to afford this remarkable for it's time (and even now) 4 stories huge house.
And also he didn't spare money for decorative murals and stained Venetian glass, and carved ceilings and all the Baroque decoration. Uau...at least for us was very impressive, knowing how the regular poor houses from this period looked like.
There's even a summer garden on the roof!
Remains of a house of the local ruler - despot Alexsi Slav - a nephew of the Bulgarian kings Asen and Petar, who proclaimed independancy from the Second Bulgarian State in the 13 century. The autocrate ruler of villages in Rhodope and Pirin mountains first declare Cepina and later Melnik as his captital.
You might combine your visit to Sandanski with trips to Sandanski, Petrich or other places. Or you might plan a longer trip, say Sofia-Blagoevgrad-Rila Monastery-Stob-Sandanski-Petrich-Melnik,Rozhen...
Another great route I would suggest if you have a car and extra time:
Sofia -Blagoevgrad - Rila Monastery - Stob pyramids - Razlog- Bansko- Gotse Delchev - Melnik - RozhenPetrich- Sandanski- Sofia. This route could take 2-3-4 days but is absolutely great. I especially like the views of Pirin Montain around Bansko and Razlog, and on the road from Gotse Delchev to Sandanski/Petrich. The latter is very narrow, steep and in very bad condition, I would say even very dangerous, but the views are just breath-taking!! Another danger could be that you like the area so much that you decide to spend a whole month there, or maybe more.... so be warned.
On the way to Rozhen ( or on the way back) you can take the road. You can see some more pyramids, there's a small river running along the road, and a lot of wild blackberries so you can have a great snack in August. You pass by a small village where you can refill your water-bottle. After that you reach the small village of Rozhen. There is a restaurant or two, and hotels too. From there there is a path up the hills leading to the monastery.
A stray dog accompanied us once all the way from Melnik to Rozhen.
There is also a bus but it travels once or twice a day, and besides a walk is much more pleasant.
Climb the northern hills to experience a great panorama of Melnik and the pyramids, and wait for the sunset, you won’t regret!! See the photos! We climbed the top of a hill and sat right on the edge admiring the houses and pyramids. And then the sun started going down, and the show began!
There isn’t a real trail to that hill. You just have to take to the left side of the village and try to find steeper trails going up. We took a path close to the ruins, in between houses, and then straight up the hill. The hill was very steep and we had to grab bushes and grass , but the effort was worth it!!