Archive - August 2018

PLOVDIV

In the afternoon we visited an ancient city situated in a fertile region of south-central Bulgaria on the two banks of the Maritsa River. The city has historically developed on seven syenite hills, some of which are 250 meters high. Because of these hills, Plovdiv is often referred to as...

PIRIN NATIONAL PARK

After a good sleep, we made a short hike around Hizha Banderitsa with an excellent alpine landscape and Baikushev’s pine – 1380-year-old tree. This national park is also home to bears and wolves and well known for the high-altitude Vihren Peak, with forested ridges and...

BANSKO

Short visit of the town situated at the foot of the Pirin Mountains at an elevation of 927 m. It’s a famous ski resort and gateway to Pirin National Park, where we slept later. Bansko isn’t a faceless resort, though. The cobblestoned old town is speckled with 19th-century National Revival...

MELNIK

After a long drive, we made a short stop to see the rock formations, known as hoodoos, situated at the foothills of the Pirin mountain range. Reaching a height of up to 100 m these sandstone pyramids are shaped in forms, resembling giant mushrooms, ancient towers, and obelisks.

RILA MONASTERY

We arrived late to the monastery, so we just made a short visit to the premises, I stepped on the stairs leading to the first floor and immediately I was kicked out by super unfriendly monk (they really do not like visitors, unless you pay for the accommodation there). Early morning we...

RILA MOUNTAINS

We took a road from the village to Pionerska Hut (1585 m), from there we took a chair lift up to 2150 m. Our five hours hike has started here. We enjoyed spectacular views and beautiful landscapes at an altitude of 2305 m. The Seven Lakes are located in Northwestern Rila and are probably...

SOFIA

Busy two nights at the capital of Bulgaria located below Vitosha Mountain. The city’s landmarks reflect more than 2,000 years of history, including Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and Soviet occupation. Sofia was founded 2,500 years ago. Over the centuries, it has been given several names –...

KRATOVO

Kratovo is significantly distinctive in its high arched stone bridges, original Medieval architecture, lush mountain pastures, cobblestone narrow streets, and welcoming and friendly local people. It’s nestled in the pit of a volcanic crater and it’s famous also for its Ottoman-era towers...

SKOPJE

Two days in the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, in the center of the Balkan Peninsula. We tasted some local specialties, enjoyed parking just a stone away from major monuments, and experienced the local way of clubbing. Over time it has experienced Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman rule...

TETOVO

Late afternoon visit of a historical city built on the foothills of Šar Mountain and divided by the Pena River. Impressive Šarena Džamija and the Arabati Baba Teke still stand as two of Macedonia’s most significant landmarks of its Ottoman period.