Blagoevgradski Okrug Travel Guide

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Bansko

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132,377,121

Melnik

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Rilski Manastir

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88,297,0

Borovec

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80,163,4

Sandanski

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10,25,11

Blagoevgrad

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7,51,2

Rila

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61,240,0

Pirin

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18,32,0

Kyustendil

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16,57,0

Petrich

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9,15,0

Samokov

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8,64,0

Lakatnik

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4,45,0

Kresna

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3,36,0

Sapareva Banya

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4,15,0

Rozhen

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11,22,0

Pirin

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16,95,0

Rupite

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1,8,0

Gabrovo

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3,21,0

Pernik

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1,41,0

Gorni Okol

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1,1,0

Trun

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4,25,0

Svoge

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0,6,0

Stob

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0,5,0

Dupnitsa

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0,9,0

Pravets

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1,16,0

Kostenets

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8,31,0

Gotse Delchev

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1,0,0

Etropole

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8,39,0

Boboshevo

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0,11,0

Belitsa

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3,16,1

Bansko

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  • Trip to Rila Monastery

    Bansko Things to Do

    Just came back from a week full of excursions in the Pirin mountains around Bansko. A great place for hiking and excursions with the family. We booked an all-in-one package and the hotel took care of everything, the tranfers, the accomodation, the food. It was a week and everyday a different trip and a different experience. We visited various...

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  • Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena

    Bansko Hotels

    As this house is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, you will receive everything what you...

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  • Best Restaurant in Bansko

    Bansko Restaurants

    This was my second time in Bansko but i did not know about the Amvrosia restaurant. What i can say is that this is a must restaurant if you visit Bansko. Very good service, the food is just excellent and the restaurant has a nice chic and romantic atmosphere. Dont miss the angus beef and the chocolate sufle. Very impressed!!! Black angus beef.

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Melnik

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  • Rupite

    Melnik Things to Do

    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...

    Melnik Things to Do

    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

    Melnik Things to Do

    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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Rilski Manastir

Borovec

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  • Sport Center - Rila hotel

    Borovec Sports & Outdoors

    The Sports center includes a 25 m long swimming pool and Jacuzzis. They are free of charge for the hotel guests but can also be used from you even if you are not a guest of the hotel. There are also 3 or 4 sauna rooms, a steam bath, a solarium and massage.What I love about this sport center is the swimming pool. It is glass-walled indoor pool...

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  • Lion Hotel 4

    Borovec Hotels

    Borovetz Center, Borovets, Sofia Region, 2010, Bulgaria

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • ski is the best

    Borovec Sports & Outdoors

    GREAT SLOPES AND BEGIN RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE HOTEL ...THIS IS VERY GOOD ..U DONT HAVE TO WALK ..NOTHING ... NOT SO GOOD EQUIPMENT BUT GET UR OWN FOR GOOD

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Sandanski

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  • What a Town !

    Sandanski Favorites

    This is a lively and fun town. The main street does not sleep. There are countless bars and restaurants which stay open late into the night. It has a nice park which has many interesting things to see, including odd communist era monuments. This place is dirt cheap ! We had a chicken dinner for four for less than 10 euros, including drinks. I...

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  • Pirin Park Hotel

    Sandanski Hotels

    27 Hydrostroy, Sandanski, 2800, Bulgaria

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Sandanski Park

    Sandanski Things to Do

    It starts at the Sandanski Hotel and has a lot of nice places to stay. Best you walk the main street starting at Sandanski Hotel and explore left and right the things. Also some places for children to play inside.

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Blagoevgrad

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  • Blagoevgrad Bus Station

    Blagoevgrad Transportation

    Blagoevgrad is a major city in Southwest Bulgaria and is an important transportation hub for the area. It has two bus stations, situated on the two sides of the train station.The so-called "State Bus Station" is the bigger one, to the east of the train station, from where depart buses to Sofia and most major towns in the area, e.g. Sandanski, Gotse...

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  • Hotel Ezeretz

    Blagoevgrad Hotels

    4 Peyo Iavorov Str., Blagoevgrad, 2700, Bulgaria

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Clock Tower

    Blagoevgrad Things to Do

    The clock tower remained from the time when Bulgaria was under Ottoman Yoke. There are not many clock towers in Bulgaria, so in my opinion, it worth seeing it.Unfortunately, the clock tower is not open for visitors, there is no info about it neither in internet nor on place, the only label there is that the clock tower is a monument of national...

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Rila

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  • If you are too lazy to walk...

    Rila Transportation

    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

    Rila Transportation

    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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  • Getting And Being There.

    Rila Things to Do

    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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Pirin

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  • some things to pack

    Pirin What to Pack

    As has been said before, you don’t necessarily need a tent since there are enough hizha’s and shelters to stay at along the trails. You don’t need special equipment for the hikes around the hizha Vihren (such as sticks or special boots, since I saw people on sandals going up and coming down from the mount Vihren). It is of course good to bring a...

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  • Sandanski

    Pirin Off The Beaten Path

    In the Pirin mountains area you will probably also visit Bansko. For that town, see my Bansko page. However, a place that is often ignored by tourists and mostly only used as a connection to Melnik, is the little town of Sandanski. It’s a pleasant town with some things that are worth exploring. There is a huge town park, which has dozens of species...

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  • Highlights

    Pirin Things to Do

    The Pirin mountains highlight several sites of outstanding natural beauty, spread all over the area. The most important sites of natural beauty are: the mt. Vihren,the rock formation Pirostiata, the Bunderishki caves, Kioshkata, the Demianishki Skok and Iulenski Skok waterfalls and the natural reserve Baiuvi dupki - Jinjiritsa There are also a few...

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Kyustendil

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  • Shalom Market

    Kyustendil Off The Beaten Path

    Shalom Market was built on the place of the former synagoga. There are memorial tablets of the people helped for the salvation of the Bulgarian Jews from concentration camps.

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  • Monument of Yordan Mitrev in Hissarluka

    Kyustendil Off The Beaten Path

    Hissarluka is a hill southly from Kyustendil, a starting point of the mountain Ossogovo. It was forrested with pine-trees under the guidance of Yordan Mitrev in the beginning of 20th century.Thanks to him nowadays Hissarluka is a pleasant place for walks.more to come

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  • Fаtih Sultan Mehmed Mosque (1531)

    Kyustendil Things to Do

    this old mosque located on the main trading street in Kyustendil is abandoned and almost a ruine because (according to the taxi driver who took us to Hissarluka) its descеdants cannot decide who will take care of it... what a shame!In March 2006 the mosque is declared to be of public ownership. It will be reconstructed hopelly soon.To read...

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Petrich

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  • Samouil Fortress

    Petrich Off The Beaten Path

    Samouil Fortress is a monument that reminds to Bulgarians about one specific battle in their history - the battle near village of Kluch where 14 thousands Bulgarian soldiers were captured and were blinded. A every 100 solders there was 1 soldier left with one eye to lead the others 99 totally blinded. The Bulgarian Tsar Samoul died of a heart...

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  • good meal, nice Restaurant

    Petrich Restaurants

    you get a big choise of meals, soups, salads and also drinks see meals on the Picture, a complete meal with drink is about 2-3 EURO

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  • Market at Petrich

    Petrich Shopping

    This is a market on the street behin the 2 floor shopping center on the left side. You can buy everything here you need for life! Also a big fresh Market ist over the day here with fresh fruits and vegetables! less expensive, good offers

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Samokov

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  • Good Grilled Food!

    Samokov Restaurants

    Nice and small restaurant which was located in Borovets town.We had nice grilled lamb chops and a glass of cool bulgarian beer! Grilled Stuff.

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  • Serving great food at low prices

    Samokov Restaurants

    In the outskirt of Samokov on the main road to Borovets on the right you pass the tourist garden. Right in the centre of the park you can find the lovely Restaurant and Bar The Bristol. In Samokov they are the only British-run restaurant and they offer exceptional value for money for very good quality food. The traditional stone floor with wooden...

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  • Personal toasters a nice little touch

    Samokov Restaurants

    A nice traditional mexana in the centre of town hidden behind The Big Fountain (the earring fontain) hence the name. Traditional stone floors with wooden furniture and a nice big open fire in the corner. Most tables also come with an electric toaster so you can toast you own bread to your own liking, nice! The staff are friendly and welcoming, the...

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Lakatnik

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Kresna

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  • Rafting along Struma River

    Kresna Sports & Outdoors

    9km along the river in about 1-1.5 hoursthere are two tracks - for beginners and for advanced, but most of the people choose the track for the advanced even when they do not have any previous experience;the staff was very kind and helpful the rafting company provides the most you needswimming suit, spare clothers and shoes;price: 35lv

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  • Vlahi: SEMPERVIVA farm

    Kresna Off The Beaten Path

    A day hiking to the village of Vlahi and visit to the sustainable farm there. This is something we always do when in Kresna. A call to the Semperviva Society few weeks in advance guarantees this wonderful day. Sider presented the traditional breeds of the farm: Karakachan dogs, Kalofer goats and Karakachan sheep. Later on we tested some local...

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  • Kresna Pyramids

    Kresna Off The Beaten Path

    Kresna Pyramids are rock formations similar to these in Melnik but there aren't so impressive.Kresna Pyramids may be seen from the road - the highway E-79 from Sofia to Kulata just after you leave the town of Kresna.The view you have from there is really breath-taking - there are 3 rows of mountain hills with completely different colour - the last...

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Sapareva Banya

  • Near Hut Skakavitsa

    Sapareva Banya Off The Beaten Path

    If you like walking/hiking in the mountains, there is a route - Sapareva Bania - Panichishte - Skakavitsa - Seven Rila Lakes.Near the hut Skakavitsa, in a 20-minutes walk distance, there is a waterfall.From Skakavitsa hut you may take- the green marked way to Hut 'Sedemte Rilski Ezera' (Seven Rila Lakes Hut) - 1hoursor- the red marked way to the...

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  • Remains from the Roman Empire

    Sapareva Banya Things to Do

    In the St. Nikola church's yard there are some remains from the Roman city Germania (today's Sapareva Banya).Belisarius - the general of Emperor Justinian (Byzantine Empire) was born in Germania.(See also link)

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  • Geyser and Surrounding Park

    Sapareva Banya Things to Do

    Sapareva Banya is famous in Bulgaria for its mineral water. But the main attraction there is the geyser.There is an active gayser with the hottest mineral water (103.8° С) on the Balkan peninsula. It sprays mineral water 10-18 meters into the air every 15-20 seconds.

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Rozhen

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  • Gourds (Kratuni)

    Rozhen Local Customs

    Gourds seem to be something like a trade mark for Rojen :))) You will see them everywhere around the village. So, here is what I mean when I say gourd - a bottle made from the dried shell of a bottle gourd.Nowadays the locals sell them as souveniers but in the past they were actually used in the everyday life. I asked one of the locals what did...

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  • Rojen Tavern

    Rozhen Restaurants

    The Rojen tavern is not a pretentious place. Just a nice and neat tavern where you could feel the authentic taste of the typical Bulgarian cuisine.The guy who works there is very kind and you could ask him for directions and advice. For example, I asked him if it is a good idea to take the path to Melnik or it is better to stick to the road. He...

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  • The village of Rojen

    Rozhen Things to Do

    The village of Rojen is situated at the distance of 6 km north east of Melnik and 10-15 minutes walk from the Rojen Monastery. The church of the monastery, named St Birth of Virgin Mary gave its name to the village. The origin of the word Rojen derives from the root of the Bulgarian word for birth, 'Rojdenie'. The village is a combination of...

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