Melnik Travel Guide

  • At the main street of Melnik
    At the main street of Melnik
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  • Pyramids surround the village of Melnik
    Pyramids surround the village of Melnik
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Melnik Things to Do

  • Rupite

    Rupite is a famous locality near the village of Rupite, 12 km far from Melnik, only km far from the main road – Sofia – Kulata. There, in the last years of her life has lived the famous diviner Vanga. In 1994, funded by Vanga, herself was built the temple "St. Petka Bulgarian"near the house where she lived. (about Vanga -...

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  • Tourist route Melnik - Rozhensky...

    It takes about 1.5 hours pleasant walk from the town to the monastery. You’ll enjoy pretty nice nature phenomenon like the Melnik Pyramids, a Stone Mushroom. The route also passes through an oak forest. If you have time you definitely should make it.

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  • Rozhen Monastery

    Rozhen Monastery is the largest orthodox cloister in the region of Pirin Mountain. It is located only 7km north east of the town. It’s supposed that the Monastery was built in 9-th century but there are some other theories that believe it dates from 13-th century. In the 17-th century a fire burnt the archive but it was reconstructed again in the...

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Melnik Restaurants

  • Local dishes served with the best Melnik...

    Tsinarite is located just off the main square of Melnik. Served food is excellent, salads are very fresh, some of the staff speak some handy Greek, and the toilets are absolutely clean and safe! In winter time best place to sit, by the fireplace! Kebabce

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  • Chinarite restaurant

    This restaurant does not serve Chinese food, but offers local dishes. In an atmosphere of the typical national revival architecture, going back in time. the place has a varanda looking towards the scenic landscape. The restaurant, also known as barbecue chinarite, has a large assortement of beverages as well as a winecellar with the Melnik...

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  • Mehana Loznitsitse

    This place is cozy, it has a vine leaves covered outdoor terrace. A bottle of beer for 1 lv and the menu is with a lot of local specialities. I had grilled meat with shopska salad

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Melnik Nightlife

  • general tip

    Nightlife is located along the melnishka dol, Coming from the busstation, there are winebars located on the left side of the mainstreet, just before the second bridge over the river. These have outdoor terracaces and a bottle of plonk is 5 lv. On the other side of the river, when you cross the bridge, there are terraces also, such as the garden of...

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  • Checking out the taverns

    Melnik is the smallest town in Bulgaria and as such does not offer the nightlife you would see in big cities :)So, the best you could do is to get out for a walk, check out the taverns on your way, pick one and have a lot of wine + some food.I asure you that you will not have problems finding taverns. In fact my impression was that there were more...

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Melnik Transportation

  • To and from Melnik

    From Melnik to sofia by bus: leaving at the busstation at the park, duration is about four hours and it costs 7 lv. From Sofia to Melnik, a bus leaves at the Princess Hotel and leaves at 6 am. From Sandanski busses leave at the Hristo Smirneski street and leave at 3.30m and 5.30 pm. From Melnik to Sandanski they leave at 4.30 and 6.30 pm.

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  • car or bus

    Melnik is approachable by car and buses. We rented a car in Sofia and drove to Petrich and from Petrich to Melnik. Roads are narrow and dogleg very often, so be careful as a big tourist bus might show up sudenly from nowhere (esp. once u leave Melnik in direction Rojen monastery)

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  • Walking is really unforgettable here

    To travel to Melnik you have to take the road that is going south from Sofia dierection Kulata or Thesaloniki, Greece. Then you travel south till you reach almost Kulata. Some kilometers before it there is an intersection that brings you directly to Melnik. It is actualy the last town on this street appr.10 km away from the main road.

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Melnik Shopping

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  • Wines

    Describe The Shop - virtually infront almost every tavern in Melnik you will see a table of wines to be sold :) The reason is taht Melnik is famouse for its wines.The tavern behind the bottles is owned by Ilia Gurchev, who is also behind the bottles :) He was teasing me that I should not take a picture of him because he hadn't fixed his hair. I...

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  • Wine

    At the wineries and the Kordopulov house you buy the wines. In town a bottle of plonk is 2 lv a better wine is 5 lv. For 12 lv you can buy the Wine map Bulgaria to get your information on the wines (see: www.melnikwine.bg)

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  • Jam of green figs and/or pumpkins

    Jam of green figs and/or pumpkins: both of them are really delicious; the jam of pumpkins is called rachel; you may try jam of green figs with home-made yoghurt.I must warn you: do not try to eat the whole jam... it is really delicious but you may get sick... I've already eaten them and that's why there is no picture in this tip...a small jam-jar...

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Melnik Local Customs

  • Celebrations

    8 september at the monastery of Rozhen the Rozhen fair is organized and on 14 february the Trifon Zarezan Festival is held. The latter is to celebrate Saint Tifon, the patron saint of the vineyards. Wine producers start pruning their wines on this day and they pour wine on vine roots in the hope for a good harvest. Wine tasting is also done of...

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  • Having fun the Melnik way :)

    Well, I was walking around and I hear music, looked down the street and saw a car moving slowly, the guys were sitting on the trunk. One of them playing the other one singing.Do not really know if it is typical for tMelnik or not :))))

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Melnik Warnings and Dangers

  • Drive carefully on the way to Melnik

    Suddenly I came across a herd of cows crossing the road in Kulata, a village on the Greek-Bulgarian border. The traffic stopped in both directions of the road. The same scene may happen to anyone! What if it had happened after sunset?

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  • no facilities

    Melnik is really not a “town” it is a small village, so you wont find any tourist information office, there is no bank, no ATM and no internet agency. There is a small post-office and telephone center at the left side of the mainstreet, just after the second bridge over the river.

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Melnik Tourist Traps

  • by ger4444 Written Jun 3, 2008

    It is not really a tourist trap, but if you are looking for a bit more fun in nightlife, especially after midnight, then you will be left disappointed. You better take a taxi to Sandanski for going out there at the town park and boulevard Makedonia.

    here it closes at midnight

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Melnik What to Pack

  • general tip

    In summer it can get very, very hot. So prepare to dress for that. Good shoes are needed for hiking the sandstone pyramides and remember that the thoroughfares in the village are sandy trails. The trails to the ruins are also muddy trails.

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  • Shoes, room for wine bottles and a big...

    Just make sure you leave enough room for several wine bottles:) It's good and it makes a a good gift. Comfortable shoes, but do I have to tell you that. BTW Melnik is in Bulgaria's warmes region. And don't forget, a big smile. The local people are very nice.

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Melnik Off The Beaten Path

  • rozhen monastery 3

    The monastery has a six angle pattern with a yard, surrounded by residential buildings. The buildings were constructed in different periods, the diningroom,farmbuidlings and bone vault being the oldest. Besides the waalpaintings the monastery is weel known for the stain glass and woodcarvings. The icon of Mary is one of the few copies of a sacred...

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  • rozhen monastery 2

    The monastery is the biggest sanctuary in the Pirin mountains. The name “rozhen” has nothing to do with “roses” but it comes from the Bulgarian word Rozhdenie, which means birth and refers to the name of the monasteries church, the Birth of the Virgin church. Under the reign of Despot Slav the monastery gor extended with a number of buildings and...

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  • Sandanski

    Sandanski can be visited for a half day, when you are on your way to Melnik by bus or train (the trainstation is 5 kilomteres outside the towncentre). It could also be a good alternative for nightlife if you want more than Melnik offers. The place is known for being the birthplace of Spartacus who led the rebellion of the slaves in 74 Before...

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Melnik Sports & Outdoors

  • by ger4444 Updated Jun 3, 2008

    From Sandanski you can hike to the Popina Luka region, where you find lakes, waterfalls and pine forrests. The hike takes 3 hours and you can stay at the Hizha Yana Sandanski (07443-3198 for reservation). The trail starts at the Makedonia bulevard, through the city park and its 17 kilometres from there.

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Melnik Favorites

  • Houses

    The houses of Melnik are build on the side of the cliffs; at the top of a basement that is made out of stone. In these basements wine is often produced or kept. On the upper floors the living rooms are located. From the windows there are great views over the valley. All new houses have to be build in the national revival style, and painted in...

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  • Melnik wine

    Melnik was already making wine in the times of the Thracians. As officially said Melnik wine dates from the fourtheenth century, there was wine made since 2000 before Christ. It is said that the Tracians brought the winetaste over from asia and that Homer mentioned the wine, a wonderful elixir, brought from Tracia.Some wines have the taste of...

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  • Wine tasting

    Wines are produced since 600 years. It is a dark, strong red wine. Along the side trails of the mainstreet and at the mainstreet you can find the winebars. Bottles cost 5 lv. Two wineries you might want to visit are Manolev Winery, a cellar with tables and chairs where you can taste the wines from Melnik and the region. It is located near the...

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