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Central Balkan National park is a huge territory in the Stara Planina mountain. You can reach it through Kalofer, Troyan or Apriltsi. Place is very beautiful. The most interesting things to visit there are Botev peak and the waterfall Rayskoto Praskalo. For both there are...More
We had a wonderful time in the Balkan national park which we felt we had all to ourselves. We saw fire salamanders, black squirrels, a range of birds, possibly an eagle although more likely a buzzard. The walk was challenging although well marked most of...More
The path from Kalofer to Raisky hut, then to Raiskoto Praskalo waterfall and back is about 23 km, and lasted for a 9 hours.
The way to Raisky hut (hizha Ray) is moderate, but not hard, most of the way goes through the forest.
The hike from Kalofer to Mt Botev, staying in the Ray mountain hut, is a beautiful way to climb to the high ridged and Mt Botev, but also very popular with Bulgarians. For a longer hike, i recommend the ridge traverse between Troyan Pass and...More
I think this is a perfect place to do a multi-day hiking / trekking tour into this mystical and amazing landscape. But there are so many other things to do. We discover sopot for our day hike to the peak “Ambarista”. You can lift up...More
It is beyond words to represent the magnificent beauty of Central Balkan. One simply needs to get their and walk or bike it.
Better option is walking though. The only easy to cycle section is from Trojanski passage to Dermenka chalet.
Be aware that the...More
A beautiful nature reserve in an authentic rural area-not at all like some of the touristy sites that we ran into in "authentic" Bulgarian villages. You can hike or relax by the river - we mostly relaxed but hikers told us thay reached a waterfall...More
Central Balkan National Park is the essence of what is called Balkan mountain (Stara planina). For many Bulgarians it is the "most real" Balkan, or even the byword balkan. It is not only the central, but also the highest part of the long Balkan mountain...More