Rila Travel Guide

  • Rila Monastery
    Rila Monastery
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  • Our room in Rila Monastery
    Our room in Rila Monastery
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  • Things to Do
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Rila Things to Do

  • Getting And Being There.

    Rilski Monastery is located in Rila mountains and takes a 30 minutes car drive from Blagoevgrad.The landscape, while you are getting there, is picturesque and you'll get WONDERFUL pictures!

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  • Wild flowers

    I didn't have much interest in flowers before until I started collecting stamps and postcards. Then I noticed that some people collect flower postcards and stamps only, and looking for such to send them, I learned a bit more about flowers. I still collect touristic postcards and don't have an interest in flora cards, but still seeing flowers in the...

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  • Wildlife

    Rila National Park is a protected area because of its wildlife and flora. We didn't see any of the bigger animals (such as bears or mountain goats), and not even rodents, but I guess they avoid tourists. We only saw some beatiful birds like the one on the photo that I don't know the name of. And of course, the frog in Skakavitsa waterfall:)

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  • Cascades

    The last part of the path to Skakavitsa hut goes by the river which is falling down in beautiful cascades and little waterfalls. The path is so steep that you get out of breath quite fast, so this is a great way to relax while enjoying the view. The cascades come up one after the other as you climb. Just watch your step.

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  • Skakavitsa waterfall

    Skakavitsa waterfall is supposed to be the highest one on the Balkans. It is within a 30-minute walk from Skakavitsa hut. The path goes by the river and through flower fields so it's very nice. If you want to climb a big higher from the base of the waterfall, you need some more time. We climbed quite high, basically as high as one could get without...

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  • Rila Monastery-Bulgaria's Spiritual...

    A "must see" for any trip to Bulgaria is the Rila Monastery. Situated in the beautiful mountains of southwest Bulgaria, the Rila is the country's most visited tourist destination and a holy place for Bulgarians. Stepping into this ancient wooden Orthodox Church transports the visitor back into early Bulgarian history. The monastery was founded in...

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  • Back to the station

    Our trip to Rila was pre-VT time so I didn't take many photos, though at the time I thought I was taking lots of them. For instance I have not taken any photos of the ceiling frescos which are so beautiful. Now I cannot understand why. Probably because I knew that we had to arrange our ride back and wasn't able to concentrate on enjoying the...

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  • The Monastery

    We really admired the beautiful buildings there, whcih reminded me of Spain, maybe because of the Arab influence in them. Even though I am not a worrying type I ahve to admit that I couldn't help thinking of how we would get back to the station from the monastery and it spoilt some of our stay there. The monastery was founded in the l0th century by...

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  • The Mountains

    We began to explore the monastery area and it was so beautiful. Surrounded by stunning mountains, one of which was Rila's highest mount-Moussala (2925m). If we had had more time we would have loved to take some hikes and see more of the breathtaking scenery. Unfortunately we had a bus ticket from Sofia to Sunny Beach for the following day and the...

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  • Getting a ride to Rila

    In the morning we walked to the railway station and began to arrange a ride to Rila. It wasn't easy because when people heard that we spoke foreign language they disappeared. Finally the man who sold tickets found two men who agreed to take us to Rila and back (at least we thought so) in their car and finally we were heading to our destination. The...

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  • Main view

    This is perhaps the most beautiful sight from the mountains where make some treekings and the monastery

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  • Former Kitchen

    These are the huge pots where the monks cooked i guess several years or decades ago...its so darkish inside and the pic is not quite good but you can appreciate the huge ones and the chimney (second pic)..there is a mill also on the right side ..quite interesting

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  • Other end

    This is the other end of the square before get out .the floor is made by cobbled stone quite desigual

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  • The other end

    This is the view you get in the other end of the inner square....after cross a tunel you are in the amidst the mountains with a beautifull spring running down..and *** !! some souvenirs stalls ..some small restaurant and not much more

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  • Floors

    This is a short view of the different levels all made in wood...the floor indeed and behind i guess shopuld be the rooms and other sections for monks

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  • Main Door

    This is the view once you get in... a huge courtyard surrounded by wooden levels and just in the middle a huge but not tall church..

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  • Forest

    Gorgeous landscapes welcome you once there.....the parking is quite small and not free but you can imagine how much could cost a parking in the cheapest country in all eastern !!!

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  • Rila monastery

    This is the general overview of this complex...its like a rectangular area with the main orthodox church just in the middle ..3 levels with wooden stairs and banisters show gorgeous views from the scenary and the mountains surrounding it

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Rila Restaurants

  • Small and Nice!

    Small and nice restaurant in front of Rila Monastery.Good breakfast was served there! I have visited it with my cousins. We were satisfied.Unfortunately I don't remember restaurant's name but there are 2 or 3 restaurants and you can choose anyone by your choice!Enjoy!

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  • Lunch

    Can't remember the name...but as you walk through the monastery and out the back there will be two restaurants visible...one up on the left over the stream...the other straight ahead. I ate up on the left and it was good....had the chicken with Potatoes, plus some grilled flat sausage. The chicken and potatoes were good, the sausage was ok. The...

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  • Place to Eat

    Behind the Rila Monastery is a small court yard where there are a few small shops & places to eat. All is located next to a river that passes next to the Monastery. It is pleasant eat bulgarian food looking around at the people and also notice that the Monastery is surrounded by hugh green covered mountains.

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Rila Transportation

  • If you are too lazy to walk...

    If you are too lazy to walk up to the Rila lakes hut you can go to Vada hut, close to Govedartsi village and take a truck GAZ or a van WAZ. Both vehicles are Russian make and the abbreviation shows factory where they were made.Do not expect comfort :) You will travel trough a rough road with no pavement and you will sit on a bench and jump up and...

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  • Horse-back riding

    If you are too lazy to walk up to the Rila lakes hut you can go to Vada hut, close to Govedartsi village and take a truck GAZ or a van WAZ as I said in my other tip. Besides that option you can try some horse back riding.The horses are next to the trucks and I think that the price for them is more or less negotiable. I did not ask because I did not...

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  • Transportation to Skakavitsa hut

    To get there from Sofia, we took the train Sofia-Kulata at around 7:30 am and got off at Dupnitsa at around 9:45 am. The bus station is right next to the trainstation, and from there we took a minibus that goes to hizha (hut) Pionerska. You have to tell the driver that you're going to hizha Skakavitsa so he will leave you at a crossroad from where...

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Rila Local Customs

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    the danovists tents

    by hekate Updated Sep 14, 2004

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    Petar Danov (1864-1944) known also as Beinsa Douno is the founder of the doctrine of the White brotherhood and owrshiper of the Sun.

    In 1929 Petar Danov and his disciples came here and made a camp at the second lake. From then on the Seven Rila Lakes are considered sacred for the disciples of Danovism.

    Every summer, on August 19, a lot of pilgrims from the country and abroad gather around the lakes believing that on this date the energy from the Universe reached its highest positive peak.

    Early in the morning danovists welcome the rising Sun with a ritual dance called paneurhythmia and sing songs hailing the Sun. Then they sit to feast on a common table served with vegetarian food.

    The link below will give you some more info on the Danov's Bratherhood.

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Rila Warnings and Dangers

  • Weather chages fast

    It was sunny 10 minutes before traking that picture and 15 min after that :)After all do not forget you are in the mountain. It is a good idea to have a sweater and a rain coat at all times.

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  • Watch out for snakes

    There are snakes in Rila so watch out were you step. Especially when walking on rocks.Some of the snakes are poisonous. A friend of mine who was raised in a Rila village told me that you could prevent a snake bite by squeezing a piece of garlic on your feet. So, if you want, try it :)

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Rila Off The Beaten Path

  • Museum

    there is a little museum inside the rocky nooks of this building or complex ...you can see the former tools they used ....its not per free i guess 1o 2 euros ..it doesnt worth so much but just per 1 euro so you can deem it !

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  • Pets Paradise

    Several cats and dogs live altogether there ..i saw a real dogs family lol !! and the cats are so calm and not uneasy as we use to see in main cities... this is their home and we are the visitors so its easy to caress them with no harm

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  • Stunning Frescoes

    this is the ceiling of the outdoor arcades..all is painted in lively colours..its really nice !! and everything is religious features and subjects

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Rila Favorites

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    The map

    by hekate Written Sep 10, 2004

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    Favorite thing: It is a good idea to have with you Map of the Rila National Park.

    You can buy it in some of the booksores in Sofia or in most of the chalets in Rila mountain.

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Climbing Mussala peak
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Dancing Demon
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Borovets
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The forth lake (The Twins)
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The Sixth (Fish) lake - Shestoto (Ribno) Ezero
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The Seventh Lake - Sedmo ezero - Dolno
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Danovists' Circle
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The spring close to the Sixth Lake
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Siven - SALVELINUS FONTINALIS
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Haramiata Peak
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Waterfall on Skakavitsa river
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