Naroden Park Vitosha Things to Do

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    Climbing Cherny Vrah

    by ChristinaNest Updated Aug 1, 2006

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    Takes around 2 hours from Aleko, there are several trails, some very steep, some easier. The views are worth it. On the top, there's a small pub at the Meteorological station, where you can also bring your own food but I recommend the traditional mountain pub "cuisine" : bean soup, lentis soup, real herbal tea... Enjoy the fresh air, spectacular views, stone rivers...
    There are buses leaving from Hladilnika Bus-stop. One goes to Simeonovo where you can take the gondolla to Aleko (there's a shelter, restaurants, skiing facilities there). Another goes to Moreni Hotel from where you can walk to Aleko. Also you can take a bus to Dragalevtsi and take the chair-lift from there. Buses are more regular on weekends.
    If you take the short cut to the top you have to be very careful. The last time we went with VT members Rusket, Childish, Backpackermoose, Sheep&Co in July 2006. On the way back we took a shortcut down a steep, rocky and muddy path. Unfortunately, Marit slipped and fell, hiting her leg on a rock. Good thing she didn't break anything. So if the path is muddy, bettter take the longer, but safer, trail!!

    View from the top I wish I could fly... On the very top of Chery Vrah
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    Skiing & winter

    by ChristinaNest Updated May 4, 2006

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    There are several facilities with lifts, equipment rentals, hotels, pubs etc. The biggest skiing centre is at Aleko, just under Cherny Vrah. There are pistes for all kinds of skiers and snowboarders. There are skiing schools too. Better use official pistes only, as there could be avalanches.
    For those of you who arent't expert skiers, you can do some oldfashioned sleigh riding, make snowmen, or just walk on the snow-covered paths.
    Just be careful, some pistes are very stee, and if you don't know how to stop, you can go down all the way to Sofia :)

    12-2001 22-2-97 Aleko, 7-3-1997 11-3-1995
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    Boyana Waterfall

    by ChristinaNest Updated Feb 7, 2006

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    Take marshroutka 21 to Boyana from where you can take the trail to the waterfall. The path is not too hard, goes by the river and takes you to the waterfall in about 2 hours.
    Boyana itself is a nice suburb, there are some good restaurants and don't miss the Boyana Church, UNESCO heritage site.
    There are also other trails starting from Boyana.

    Boyana Waterfall
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    Collecting herbs

    by ChristinaNest Updated May 5, 2006

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    There you can freely collect a lot of kinds of herbs. So take a few bags with you and you can pick some herbs while going around. The most popular herbs are: thyme (for colds), St.John's wort ( colds, depression), colt's foot ( sore throat), wild strawberries (vitamins and flavour), etc. The season is June and July. If you don't know anything about herbs, most probably there'll be some grannies picking too, so you can ask them and they'll show you what to pick. After that spread plants on a sheet of paper to dry for a day or two. Store in a dry place and enjoy when winter comes. Tea is best served with honey!
    When it gets colder, enjoy your own herbal tea.

    Winter depresses me, gimme some tea! Wild Flowers
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    Stone Rivers

    by ChristinaNest Updated May 5, 2006

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    See the power of nature!
    These stone rivers were formed thousands or millions years ago as the snow melted and rolld down. In Bulgarian they ar called 'moreni' (morrains?).
    There are several stone rivers, some near Aleko, and some near Zlatnite mostove areas.

    Near Aleko 2004 No, the photo is not upside-down Zlatnite Mostove 9-9-00
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    Enjoy the ride on the chair-lift.

    by ChristinaNest Updated May 4, 2006

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    You can even take your bike, or have your skis on in the winter. Prepare your camera to take some nice pics. Dress well: it's chilly up there even in the summer.
    Ass you can see on the additional photos, there are also other means of getting to Vitosha :)

    Watch out :) 22-1-95 Can I get a ride please...
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    Vitosha - "The Avalanche" - Lawinata

    by desert_princess Updated Nov 29, 2004

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    This is the last lift and the place Called "The Avalanche" - Lawinata, usually the lift is not operating and there is lots of fresh snow to take a ride.
    I like this particular photo for two reasons....first because of the sun ray effect in the middle, but actually the main reason for which i took this pic was that the mountain looked like a giant Tzunami wave and the snow blown from the wind was making the foam on top of the wave...look again - do u see it?Watch out it's coming your way!!!!

    Vitosha Lawinata
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    Wild Geranium

    by ChristinaNest Updated May 4, 2006

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    You can come accross wild geranium fields when climbing from Dragalevtsi. It is beautiful. The plant is called 'zdravets' in Bulgarian, it derives from the word for health ('zdrave'). It is used in traditional rituals for health, etc. It's one of the most common plant you'll see in pots at almost every home.

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    Boyana Lake

    by ChristinaNest Written Feb 7, 2006

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    I wouldn't call it a lake, it's more like frogs' paradise big poodle of water but it is a nice 1 hour walk from Boyana. We saw some birds on the way and then we spent some time watching the frogs, insects and some animals that might have been tritons. On the way to the lake we saw something like a mini chapel or a worship place: a few small icons, candles and flowers left in a small cave formed by rocks.

    Looking for frogs the trail
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    Picnic

    by ChristinaNest Written Dec 28, 2005

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    Can be done almost everywhere, there are benches and picnic sites here and there, or you can just choose a nice place yourself. There are some nice villages in the skirts of the mountain. you can get there and walk a few metres to find beautiful hills, small rivers, cool woods and almost no tourists.

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    Boyana Church

    by ChristinaNest Written Feb 7, 2006

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    Built in 1259 and with its unique frescoes, no wonder it's a UNESCO heritage site.It was built as a family chapel within the palace of a Bulgarian nobleman. His family and the Bulgarian Royal family at the time, are depicted in frescoes inside.

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    Dragalevtzi monastery

    by desert_princess Updated Sep 27, 2005

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    Dragalevtzi monastery is located in the foothills of Vitosha, further up the road from Vodenitzata restaurant. Take a walk among the freshness of the forest,following the Dragalevtzi river and you will end up in front of the doors of the Monastery. Everybody can enter if decently dressed.You can relax in the serene atmosphere of the garden , enjoy the beautiful flowers, drink blessed water from a spring guarded with a white cross, or visit the graves of the nuns as it is a female monastery.
    It is a working monastery ,nuns are taking care of it.

    Dragalevtzi monastery - the church nuns graves Behind the church
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    "Inventor" of bulgarian mountain tourism

    by Rusket Updated Jul 30, 2006

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    This monument near Cerni Vrh must be for Aleko Konstantinov, writer and democrat: The nickname he gave himself in one of his short stories, Shastlivetsa (The Lucky Man) is written under the relief face on the rock, and the square plaque down right of the relief is a memorial of 100 years of tourism, 1895 - 1995. Konstantinov invited people to climb Cerni Vrh, and 27 august 1895 300 of them did, which is considered the beginning of mountain tourism in Bulgaria. But what is the meaning of the years (numbers) 1899 - 1959? The man was born 1 january 1863, and was assassinated 23 may 1897! I would appreciate help to clarify this, from locals or others!

    (Pics 2 & 3 are closeups of the same motif.)

    The Lucky Man 100 years of mountaineering Shastlivetsa
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    Bungy Jumping site?

    by Backpackermoose Written Jul 31, 2006

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    This tip is meant for my friend Pocketpiglet, cause he is so fond of bungyjumping. As you can see I was only testing, cause I had no rope. Looks like it is not high enough for me. But Piglet is a lot smaller, so I guess this would be a nice place for him to jump.

    Elge upside down
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    Multiuse meteorological station

    by Rusket Written Jul 30, 2006

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    The meteorological station on top Cerni Vrh was finished in 1935, and is still in use. But it also serves as a shelter in case of bad weather, there is a restaurant serving excellent bulgarian food (see restaurant tips) and the mountain rescue service has a base there. Start and stop point for many hiking and mountain biking trails.

    Meteorological station, Cerni Vrh
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