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Wednesday, October 26, 2016


There's no need one to be an eager fan of tourism or the nature to feel the energy and atmosphere when hiking between the peaks Big and Small Bears.  That's where you will find the amazing Macedonia Hut!

Macedonia Hut important information:
  • 2166 m.a.s.l. - South West parts of Rila Mountain
  • 40 people could be accommodated to sleep at the hut 
  • Tel.: 0889/077228, 0889/077212, 0898/564 977 [add +359 for Bulgaria country code if you are outside of the country when calling any of these numbers]
Even though that the Macedonia Hut is one of the highest based huts in Bulgaria and in the Balkan Peninsula, you will be surprised that there mobile coverage!

How to get there?
  • One of the ways to get to the hut is from Blagoevgrad city to Bodrost Hut and then walk for about 2.45 hours on a marked trail.
  • From Bodrost region you can catch the cabin lift "Kartala" to peak Ravnetz which will take you about 3 hours.
  • From Semkovo it will take you about 2 and a half hours.
  • From Dobyrsko village - around 4.30 hours.

​Interesting facts about the history of the hut:
  • The Macedonia Hut first opened doors in 1937!
  • It was first named after the region's name - Ajgidik. The word comes from Turkish and it means Bear's passage.
  • On September 9, 1945 the hut's name was changed to Stanoi Krekmanski who was member of the guerrilla squad of the region.
  • Since 1980 till nowadays, the hut the name of the hut remains Macedonia Hut

The region is extremely beautiful and it's great for hiking and hanging out with friends and your family. If you are a fan of huts and mountains, that's the place to be!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

High in the mountains: Zagaza hut

Zagaza Hut
1400 m.a.s.l. - North Pirin
Yanor ('66) - owner and mountain hut manager for the last five years

Zagaza hut attracted my attention with its interesting location in the less popular western part of Pirin. The hut is a private property, fully renovated, becoming popular around the tourist circles more than ever. Can be reached by car from Kresna from the area called “Varbite”. The stretch is 22 km long. Тhe road is in poor condition, so choose a suitable vehicle to go there. If you choose to walk to the hut the most convenient and easy to follow the path starting from the village of Vlahi and takes about 4 hours.

The hut was renovated. The rooms are clean and convenient. Apart from the tourists, many families with children and grandchildren also come here for relax and fun. The owner of the hut made a route for small children - path passing through two beautiful waterfalls that takes 20 minutes walking. Only 45 minutes walk from the hut leads to Nivcha, the area where there are magnificent views of the peaks Sharalia, Konski kladenec, Sinanitsa, Gergiritsa, Muratov peak, Muratova chuka, Vihren,Kutelo and others.


Saturday, October 22, 2016

High in the mountains: Gorski Rai hut

Gorski Rai Hut
1450 m.a.s.l. - Northwest Balkan Mountains
Private, family
Mitko (‘60) - owner and mountain hut manager for the last 10 years
Krasimira ('59) - owner and mountain hut manager for the last 10 years

Gorski Rai Hut is one of the first private huts in Bulgaria. It is located in North-Western in the Balkan Mountains, under Mount Midzhur and on boundary of the biosphere reserve "Chuprene." This is not the standard hut through which pass dozens of tourists coming from neighboring chalets. It is quite remote from other ones and still attracts many people. And as owners told me "once you’ve seen the place, you definitely want to return." I went there with a desire to understand what magic attracts tourists to this hidden corner. Although the hut can be reached by car, I wanted to walk to there. The eco trail starting from the area "Bekinska shoburka" a few kilometers above the village Chuprene leading to the ridge of Balkan Mountains, where it merges with the tourist trail to the peak Midzhur. Steep and overgrown, covered with blackberries and wild flowers. Аfter 1000 meters elevation difference just before the hut the vegetation overflows into pine forest and you can feel the amazing smell of pine trees and resin.


When we imagine high mountain hut, our first association immediately evokes a feeling of warmth and comfort burning fireplace, delicious food and a clean bed. In reality, these huts are not much our mountains. We did a tour which starts from the Balkan Mountains to Pirin Mountains to take a closer look at the management of three prosperous high mountain huts, all private or leased for a long period of time.
Mazalat Hut
1620 m.a.s.l. - Central Balkan
Leased by SIP
Michaela ('31) - mountain hut manager for the last six years
George ('30) - mountain hut manager and former assistant manager for the last 10 years

Mazalat hut is one of the most popular high mountain huts in the Central Balkan Mountains. The place is a major stop for tour groups and starting point of a number of popular routes. Both Tuja hut (west) and Riviera hut (east) are nearby. The hut won the prize "Hut of the Year" for 2015 in the competition organized by planinar.org. After a three-hour trekking following a steep path among beautiful beech forests you will find yourself in front of impressive views of the Triglav massif. The building itself has nice architecture, typical hut stone walls and a pointed roof. It is equipped with solar panels and energy-independent.http://www.visitbulgaria.today/mountains-in-bulgaria-eastern-europe/high-in-the-mountains-mazalat-hut


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Due to the big interest from his fans in Bulgaria and quickly sold out tickets, the magnificent artist Sully Erna had 2 concerts last night at the National Palace of Culture in SofiaThe few of the team members of Visit Bulgaria Today had the great opportunity to see the first one which started at 5 pm and ended at 6:45 pm.

Who is Sully Erna?
Salvatore Paul "Sully" Erna was born on February 7, 1968 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Sully Erna is the vocalist and guitarist for the American hard rock band Godsmack. He is also a harmonica player, percussionist and pianist, performing these on albums and at live shows. He was ranked 47th in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader.

The concert
The tickets for the initial concert(started at 8 pm yesterday) were sold out so quickly, so Sully Erna decided to has a second concert(started from 5 pm) and the tickets for the second concert were sold out in matter of hours.These concerts were also his first performance outside of the United States for his new tour around the world tour.
Our crew went to the concert at 5 pm and we were extremely excited about Sully Erna's performance. It was awesome to see him playing The Metallica's song - Nothing Else Matters, 2 songs from Godsmack, few songs from Avalon, and also few songs from his new album Hometown Life. He also had few solo performances playing on a piano. 

The After party
Our team also went to club Terminal 1 bar for the official after party. We had so much fun and we will keep you posted for any coming concerts and music festivals happening in Sofia city and in Bulgaria.

The post originally appeared on http://www.visitbulgaria.today/festivals-bulgaria-eastern-europe/sully-erna-tour-in-europe-and-last-night-2-concerts-at-the-national-palace-of-culture-in-sofia-city

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Monday, October 17, 2016



Plovdiv is an amazing ancient city and it is also the second largest city in Bulgaria. When visiting Bulgaria, Plovdiv is a must see for any foreigner who likes history and archaeology. We would like to bring to your attention the Roman Stadium of Philippopolis when visiting Plovdiv city which was also recently appointed as European Capital of Culture 2019.

The Stadium of Philippopolis was built in the beginning of 2nd century AD during the reign Emperor Hadrian. It is situated in the Northern part of the fortified city surrounded by defense walls, in the natural terrain between Taksim Tepe and Sahat Tepe. The facility is approximately 240 meters long and 50 meters wide. Its capacity is up to 30 000 spectators. To honor the visit of the Roman emperor Caracalla in 214 the games held on the stadium were called Alexandrian while the games for the visit of emperor Elagabalus in 218 were called Kedrisian Games.

The games were organised by the General Assembly of the province of Thrace. 
Athletes competed in two age categories – men and boys. Agonothetes (organisers of the sport events) presided over the games.  Like the other imperial buildings for spectacular events, the Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis had its seats of honor preserved by inscriptions in the marble blocks. Seats with Greek inscriptions were found, proving the existence of special seats for members of higher public position.

The main entrance to the Stadium is formed by masonry pillars decorated with marble pilasters and reliefs. On the pilasters there are busts of Hermes (hermai) with placed above them prize vases with palm sprays, accompanied by Hercules’ attributes – lion skin, a mace and a quiver. There you can dive underground at the original level of the Ancient town. The space open for visitors includes a part of the track, the semi-circular part of the spectator seats (sfendona) and a panoramic wall with hypothetical reconstruction of the missing space of the facility. Some of the discovered elements of the Stadium are identified along the main street of Plovdiv. The Roman Stadium was pronounced a national cultural value in 1995.



Veliko Tarnovo is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province. Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. 

The old part of the city is situated on the three hills Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, and Sveta Gora, rising amidst the meanders of the Yantra. On Tsarevets are the palaces of the Bulgarian emperors and the Patriarchate, the Patriarchal Cathedral, and also a number of administrative and residential edifices surrounded by thick walls.

Trapezitsa is known for its many churches and as the former main residence of the nobility. During the Middle Ages, the city was among the main European centres of culture and gave its name to the architecture of the Tarnovo Artistic School, painting of the Tarnovo Artistic School, and to literature.


Bachkovo monastery is the second largest monastery in Bulgaria. It is beautifully situated on a ledge, on the right from the Valley of Chepelarska River, close to the village of Bachkovo, 10 km from Asenovgrad and 30 km from Plovdiv.
Bachkovo monastery is the second most visited monastery in the Bulgaria. During the weekends or on orthodox holidays, there are large groups of pilgrims and tourists. The climate is mild because Bachkovo monastery is in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains. The summers are breezy and the winters are mild. Therefore, most vegetables and fruits could be successfully grown in the valley yards.

The Bachkovo monastery is almost 8000 sq.m and about 440 meters above sea level. It includes two yards and 4 churches. The monastery has 18 chapels, 10 in Asenovgrad and 8 in its surroundings.

Close by is the the National reservation park “The Red Wall”. It is famous for its fauna which includes quite a few rare animals and the plant Haberlea Rhodopensis, a prehistoric in nature, whose sky blue flowers enchant the visitors every spring. Near by is the Chepelarska river named by the locals as ‘Chaja’. Chaja has been the monastery trout fish supplier for a long time. Keen fishermen patiently wait on the shores with hopes to get lucky. For those willing to try the fish without catching it yourself, it is served in most restaurants in the village. Visitors could stay at the monastery or at the many hotels and houses that are close by.

           The monastery is part of the Bulgarian Heritage. It is open to visitors at all times.


The Belogradchik Rocks are a group of strangely shaped sandstone and conglomerate rock formations located on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains (Stara Planina) near the town of Belogradchik in northwest Bulgaria. The rocks vary in color from primarily red to yellow; some of the rocks reach up to 200 m in height. Many rocks have fantastic shapes and are associated with interesting legends. They are often named for people or objects they are thought to resemble. The Belogradchik Rocks have been declared a Natural Landmark by the Bulgarian government and are a major tourist attraction in the region.

The Belogradchik Rocks extend from the village of Rabisha in the west to the village of Belotintsi in the east.
The central group of rocks is situated just to the south and adjacent to the town of Belogradchik. Here are located the most interesting and impressive formations which are as follows:
  • Adam and Eve
  • The Mushrooms
  • The Schoolgirl
  • The Bear
  • The Dervish
  • The Shepherd Boy
  • The Lion
  • The Camel
  • The Madonna
  • The Horseman
  • The Monks
  • The goddess Bendida
  • The Rebel Velko
The second group of rocks lies to the west of Belogradchik. The rocks are of the Alpine variety and are surrounded by steep precipices. The most famous of these rocks are:
  • Zbegovete 
  • Erqupriya
  • Boritch

The third group of rocks lies 4 km. to the east of Belogradchik and includes the rocks around the Latin Gate and the Lipenik Cave.

The fourth group of rocks lies between the villages of Borovitsa and Falkovets. These rocks include:
  • The Pine Stone
  • The Bee Stone
  • The Torlak
  • The Maid’s Rock.

The fifth group of rocks lies between the villages of Gyurgich and Belotintsi.

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