Discover Bulgaria on Foot
For those searching new adventures, for whom sport occupies an important part of the daily life, whose idea of relaxing includes staying in motion and conquering high peaks and new territories, Bulgaria is an exceptionally attractive destination. Whether you are coming on a guided (escorted) walking holiday or you opt for a self-guided (“inn-to-inn”) hiking vacation you will always take advantage of the trekking along thousands of kilometers of waymarked trails, offering access to remote and beautiful terrain. Ancient mountain villages, spectacular granite peaks, soft green slopes, cool forests, quick-flowing rivers and crystal-clear blue lakes, mineral springs and bioreserves, rare plants and animals and an intact old world culture are some of the treasures of mountainous Bulgaria.
Three major European walking routes pass through our country: E3 follows the ridge of Stara Planina, E4 covers Vitosha, Verila, Rila and Pirin and E8 – Rila and Rhodopes. The Bulgarian part of E3 route is 720 km long and follows the main ridge of Balkan Mountains from Mount Kom at the border with Serbia to the Black Sea coast – Cape Emine.
Most people manage to cross this route for a period of 20-25 days.
|Day 1||Emona Village – Cape emine – Mount St. Ilia – Mount Cherkovishte – Pomoriyski Pass. Night in a tent.|
|Day 2||Pomoriyski Pass – Dyulino Pass. Night in a tent|
|Day 3||Dyulino Pass – Kozichino Village. Night in Kozichino Hut.|
|Day 4||Kozichino Village – Mount Balyovata Chuka – Mount Karabair – Nadarski Pass. Night in a tent.|
|Day 5||Nadarski Pass – Daskotna Village. Night in Daskotna|
You will certainly be most impressed by the village residents. They have managed to keep all traditions alive.
Over the past few years Kozichino turned into an attractive tourism destination, especially for foreigners spending their vacation in Bulgaria’s coastal resorts. Kozichino managed to develop ecological and rural tourism opportunities. St. Petka church is one of Kozichino’s landmarks. It was constructed from 1845 to 1848 and is one of the few fully preserved authentic churches. A functioning windmill can still be seen in Kozichino. Something anachronistic that you will spot in the village is an ostrich farm functioning there.
The trail is marked by special signs with the initials E-3 and paint marking – white-red-white lines for the summer marking. At many sites the paint marking coincides with winter one – pillars with yellow-black-yellow color. As most of the nights are planned to be outdoors in a tent, it is appropriate to organize the tour during the warm period of the year – from June to September. Interesting sights – the Valley of Luda Kamchia – with alternating pools and rapids, clean and full of fish; the Valley of Boazdere (Shivarovska) river – with meanders and gorge with multiple mills in the past; the Valley of Kazan gorge river – clean, with many rocky pools. There is an ancient castle fortress, dating from Roman times.
|Day 1||Sozopol – Arkutino – 13km Night in Arkutino|
|Day 2||Arkutino – Ropotamo Nature Reserve – Primorsko – 10km Night in Primorsko|
|Day 3||Primorsko – Lozenets – 10km Night in Lozenets|
|Day 4||Lozenets – Tsarevo – Varvara Village – 14km Night in Varvara|
|Day 5||Varvara – Ahtopol –Veleka River Outfall – Sinemorets – 11km|
The biggest events in Sozopol are The Apollonia Festival (September 1-10) and the July Celebration (June 30-July 1).
The border with Turkey is situated at a distance of only about 40 km south from Tsarevo. The town population is about 5,000 people.
Nowadays Tsarevo is divided into an old and a new part. During the 1880s a great fire destroyed a large part of the town, and nowadays there are a few buildings that had remained after the fire. The church “The Assumption of St. Mary” is situated on the south peninsula of Tsarevo. Another temple existed at the place of nowadays’ church. The church was built in 1831, and its contemporary appearance has existed since 1895. Some of the icons in the temple date back to the end of the 18th century.
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