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Pirin National Park, Bulgaria

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Pirin National Park is a national park that encompasses the larger part of the Pirin Mountains in south-west Bulgaria, spanning an area of 403.56km2. It is one of the three national parks in the country, the others being Rila National Park and Central Balkan National Park. The park was established in 1962 and its territory was expanded several times since then. Pirin National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. The altitude varies from 950 m to 2,914 m at Vihren, Bulgaria's second highest summit and the Balkans' third.The park is situated in Blagoevgrad Province, the nation's south-westernmost region, on the territory of seven municipalities: Bansko, Gotse Delchev, Kresna, Razlog, Sandanski, Simitli and Strumyani. There are no populated places within its territory.Two nature reserves are located within the boundaries of Pirin National Park, Bayuvi Dupki - Dzhindzhiritsa and Yulen. Bayuvi Dupki - Dzhindzhiritsa is among the oldest in Bulgaria, established in 1934 and is included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves under the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme. The whole territory is part of the network of nature protection areas of the European Union, Natura 2000.
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  • July 24, 2017
    I went there over a weekend. The first day was great. We hiked to Popovo lake which is a must see. Then we headed to the closest place to stay for the night. The hike is tough even if you're in good p...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    The proximity to Bansko makes the park an excellent option for day hikes. The scenery is spectacular. We opted for some of the hikes to the alpine lakes. Popovo (or Priest's lake) makes for a great da...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    You mast going to see Bezbog, that means without good. That's the name of the top of mountain Pirin - high 2645m. There is beautiful likes, one of them near by Bezbog is named Bezdojko. I'll send you ...  more »

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