Namely the awesome scenery of the Pirin inspired us to choose the name of our hotel – MURITE – in honor of the majestic tree, a symbol of the beautiful Bulgarian mountain. For anyone interested, we will provide a guide to visit the Baykusheva fir – the oldest trees in Bulgaria, survivor over 1300 years of contemporary Bulgarian state.
Razlog Valley is a unique natural corner of Bulgaria, huddled between the three most beautiful Bulgarian mountains – Pirin, Rila and Rhodope Mountains. These are mountains in the southwest of the country with a completely different character.
While the Rila and Pirin – two of the highest mountains and raw in the Balkans nearly 3000 meters above sea level – are pure alpine style, it Rhodope Mountains in the south fascinate them with nice rounded and clearly the influence of the southern breeze from the Aegean.
While visiting a MURITE Park Hotel, depending on your interests you can visit historical landmarks in the area, various music festivals, folklore events and local festivals.
Only 180 km south of the capital, a Bulgarian village, tucked away in Pripetsite the southern slopes of Rila Mountain, our meeting with the virgin nature, history and culture of an entire region. Dobarsko is located 1070 m. Above sea level. In the land of the village begins the protected territory of Rila National Park.
Old trees, sunny slopes, endless views of the Pirin and Rhodope mountains, picturesque meadows and centuries of trails fascinate hearts and dreams. Natural resources, mild climate and tranquility will cut off every visitor from the hectic daily grind and he will dive into the purity of the mountain.
Rila Monastery is located at 1,147 m. Altitude in the fragrant coniferous forests of Rila Mountain.
The monastery is a complex of religious, residential and agricultural buildings with a total area of 8800 square meters Rila Monastery has an unique architecture. Outside, 24-meter high stone walls of the main buildings that form an irregular pentagon, the monastery looks like a fortress. So the pilgrim or tourist enters inside in one of the two iron gates he is surprised by its architecture: arches and colonnades, covered wooden stairs and carved balconies, behind which are the cells – 300-400.
In the middle of the cobbled courtyard in a strange symbiosis coexist raw battlements of the fortress tower and baroque silver domes of the main church. In the middle of the courtyard stands the oldest building in the complex – an impressive stone tower, built by the local feudal Sevastokrator Hrelyu in 1334-1335, the Next to it stands a small church, which is only a few years younger (1343 ).
In more recent times (1844) to the tower belfry was added. Around that time, the monastery’s main church “Virgin Mary”. One of the most valuable things inside is the iconostasis with its incredible carving. The murals were completed in 1846 and are the work of many masters, but only the famous Zahari Zograf has signed his paintings. In the church there are lots of icons created between the 14th and 19th century.
Nestled at the foot of the mountain with exciting views of Gotse Delchev valley and the ridge of Pirin, Leshten offers a unique combination of beautiful nature, great architecture, modern amenities with the romance of a bygone time. White houses with large verandas, spacious yards and stone roofs, scattered around the glen, a maze of stone streets, rustic inn in the center – all this brings unique charm of Leshten.
The main street is covered with pavement called cobblestones. The most remarkable architectural monuments dating from 1833 are the monastery and the village school house “Sveta Paraskeva”. The main livelihood of the population in the past were masonry, blacksmithing and gold mining. Leshten is today a tourist resort.
The village is situated on 1500 m. Altitude. Nearby run Kanina, known for its deep pools, the abundance of trout and magnificent waterfalls. Charming cobbled streets and the timeless beauty of the big houses with their white facades and cuddled each other eaves – a great example of Bulgarian architecture through the ages.
The village has about 110 Renaissance houses, some of which have been converted into small hotels offering specialties from the Rhodope cuisine. Today, the village has preserved its unique and exceptional character, and in 1977 was declared an architectural reserve.
If you like mountains, but Rodney commercial resorts are not your taste, visit Razlog. At arm’s length from Bansko and opening roads to Rila, Pirin and Rhodope Mountains, Razlog is mountainous Portal of Bulgaria – life than authentic.
Razlog is a lively and vibrant mountain town combined spirit of the Renaissance with contemporary architecture. There is no shortage or buildings with cultural and historical value, nor possibilities for fun or modern amenities. You can not impress you lavish lawns and maintained city center, typical local pubs (of which carries the aroma of traditional dishes kapama) and of course, the typical local dialect.
Remarkable townscape of Razlog are numerous fountains, each of which is individually radiation. Built on the initiative of the local mayor and with the support of the municipal government, these fountains give a more European atmosphere of a mountain town and become a favorite place for leisure guests in the hot summer days.
The pleasant murmur of the water fountains harmonize and blissful tranquility of the park in Razlog. It offers visitors a tangle of alleys, squeeze between artificial rockeries, beautifully landscaped lawns and neat institutions and leading to the main attraction of the park – lake with numerous cascades, which became the center of the events of Mount Epiphany.
Razlog is a wonderful destination to welcome the New Year. New Year’s Eve, the city traditionally organizes the carnival, accompanied by lots of laughter, games and symbolic prizes. Suits procession is long and twisted dance, which include all residents. Key operating figures mummers who chase away evil spirits with dancing and bells, and on 1 January ritual circling the city for health and prosperity. The winter air is filled with clamor and festive mood, because in Razlog traditions alive.
The individual spirit that brings Bansko intertwined in a unique and compelling way old Bulgarian style with modern architecture and contemporary culture.
The roots of the city go far in the years of the Turkish invasion in our land. Since then Bansko and occupies a prominent place in the historical and spiritual development of Bulgaria. The past has left a clear mark on the overall appearance of the city – is now one of our most popular ski resorts.
Bansko is a picturesque mountain town situated at the foot of the Pirin Mountain. It spreads over the northwestern part of the Western Rhodopes, south of Razlog valley and on the part of the valley of the Mesta River, which passes through the municipality.
Bansko today occupies a leading place among winter ski resorts in Bulgaria. Increasingly, the preferred destination for visiting and recreation, both Bulgarian and foreign tourists.