Pirin – the third highest mountain in Balkan peninsula, the marble beauty of Bulgaria. The older name of that mountain was Perun, the Slavic god of Thunder. When Christianity spread all around the land, this was the last stronghold for the Slavic gods. Later the name was transformed to Pirin. The mountain with its fortune of rivers, lakes, flora and wildlife gave a big inspiration for legends.Now Pirin is a national park, a part of UNESCO heritage. In the foothills of Pirin is Bansko, which is the biggest ski resort of the Balkan states. Join us to fell the magic of the lakes, hear some legends, to see some wild goats, to reach the top – Vihren, and to enjoy of the thermal springs in the valley below the mountain.
Come to this beautiful snowshoeing tour into the backcountry of Pirin mountains for a day of active exploring!The Pirin Mountains are the second highest in Bulgaria with Mount Vihren – 2914 m. A big part of the National Park is under the protection of UNESCO.If you have never been on mountain peak in winter or you search of different activity than skiing and want to explore other area near Bansko ski resort, then this is the trip for you! Join for this day-trip to mt. Bezbog in the Pirin Mountains!
Tired of the resort vibe of Bansko? Want some peace and quiet exploring the remote parts of the mountain? Join us on a snowshoeing trip in the area. You can choose among three of the most amazing mountains in Bulgaria – Rila, Pirin and Rhodope, all situated not more than an hour from the resort. While Pirin with its alpine-like appearance and steep slopes rising up to 2914 meters offers wild views, the south sides of Rila are more gentle and easy for snowshoeing. Rhodopes are one of a kind located between the higher mountains, which provides great panoramas to both Rila and Pirin. The old villages, where people maintain the same lifestyle from 100 years ago, can be a truly unique experience worth having.
Located at the foot of the majestic Pirin mountain, Pulse Fitness & Spa BANSKO is the undisputed choice for active holiday fans. The mountain club of the best fitness and wellness chain in the country Pulse Fitness & Spa combines well-equipped fitness areas with the most impressive mountain spa centre in Bulgaria – in the Grand Hotel Bansko.
This is a wonderful full day adventure around the Pirin Mountain. The journey is very dynamic and panoramic, providing breathtaking views around another mountains in the southwest of Bulgaria. Melnik is the smallest Bulgarian town, very famous for its unique architecture and the wine traditions. Some of the finest Bulgarian wines are made in the region. Rozhen Monastery is the largest in the area, a depository of the National Bulgarian spirit and culture. Rupite temple, located at the food of the volcano Kozhuh (not active) is a special energizing place, chosen by the famous Bulgarian prophet Vanga for her home.
This is a great opportunity for people who do not ski to get into the winter mountain. It is a magical winter adventure on snow shoes around Bansko. There are different itineraries suitable for all level of ability and fitness. We could offer tours for complete beginners and also for people who have experience in the winter mountains to the most demanding level. The tours are selected for you in stunning locations in Pirin National Park and could include - frozen lakes, frozen waterfalls, river valleys, centuries old pine trees etc. We could add extra value to your day after the hike - optional stop at the hot thermal springs where you could fully relax.This is voted by many travelers as a bestseller, highly recommended tour.
Rila is one of the most beautiful mountains in Bulgaria. Its nature and beauty are continuously attracting thousands of people every year. Once you visit Rila, you’ll want to come back again and again!In order to make sure all of the above is true, we’ll embark on a route to Belmeken hut and the Belmeken peak. The peak is 2626m above sea level and the region is famous for its ecological and picturesque environment. During spring and mid-summer there are many rare species of high mountain flowers to be seen. At the end of August and beginning of September, there are lots of blueberries and raspberries.Nearby are Sokolov peak and Cherni vrah peak. An outstanding view can be observed from Belmeken towards Rila, Pirin, Rhodopes, Stara Planina, and its hiking is fairly easy during the summer.This tour is suitable for beginners and medium-advanced hikers.The overall length of the tour - 11.5kmDisplacement: +/- 1075m
Melnik is considered the smallest town in Bulgaria, nested in the South slopes of Pirin mountain, among sand pyramids with queer forms. The findings from the antiquity discovered upon the archaeological diggings testify for its centuries-old history. The wine which is produced by the unique Bulgarian brand Wide Melnik Vine has a wonderful quality, scents of ripe cherry, herbs, and in the presence of oak it develops nuances of tobacco and leather. You will have time for a lunch break in a local restaurant and after it you will continue to the nearby “Rupite” area, located about 30 km. away from Melnik. This place is considered as sanctuary because it is associated with the famous Bulgarian prophet Vanga, who spent the last years of her life there. Near the house where she was living in 1994 was built the church Saint Petka, which is interesting with its different style of frescoes and icon paintings.
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