THE RILA MOUNTAIN - sacred places of power
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The Seven Lakes
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Me and the Silence

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Bulgaria is a walkers' paradise. Thousands of kilometres of waymarked trails join a network of well maintained mountain huts, offering access to remote and beautiful alpine terrain. The meadows, forests, ridges and cirques of ranges like the Rodopi and Vitosha mountains are home to some of Europe's rarest plants and animals, and were the hideouts of the patriots, poets and revolutionaries who fought for the nation state that is modern Bulgaria.

Now that the communist inspired hiking movements have come to an end Bulgaria offers the walker an unspoilt solitude not to be found in other European ranges. With cheap flights to Bulgaria leaving from most European cities, it is easy to plan a beautiful walking trip here. Depending on how much time you have, you can organize anything from a long weekend to en entire month. There are so many gorgeous places to see and experience, any amount of time spent here will fly by.

Routes are spanning seven mountain ranges, from the 30-day crossing of the country via Stara Plania to the compact delights of the Vitosha traverse, which can walked in a long weekend from Sofia.

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The "Seven lakes" hut.Rila flower
View at the Seven Lakes.
Breathtaking panoramic view at the Rila ridges
 
PIRIN
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Tevno ezero (lake).   Situated in the heart of the mountain at 2512m a.s.l., it is one of the most beautiful places in Pirin.1 Tiyacite. The word means silent place in the dialect of the native people.1
PIRIN STARA PLANINA -- the backbone of Bulgaria
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People say that Sinanica
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Acting as a shield, Stara Planina splits the country into two parts.
High peaks, green valleys with soft and mild climat.
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VITOSHA    
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Mountain ecoesClick here to hear
"Mountain echoes" by Ludmil Egov

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1 --copyrighted photos donated by Ivan Cenov
2 --copyrighted photos donated by Kiril Anchev

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