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Rila Mountains, Bulgaria

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Rila is a mountain range in southwestern Bulgaria and the highest mountain range of Bulgaria and the Balkans, with its highest peak being Musala at 2,925 m. The massif is also the sixth highest mountain in Europe (when each mountain is represented by its highest peak only), coming after the Caucasus, the Alps, Sierra Nevada, the Pyrenees and Mount Etna, and the highest between the Alps and the Caucasus. More than one-third of the mountain is occupied by the Rila National Park, the rest lies within the Rila Monastery Nature Park.The mountain is believed to have been named after the river of the same name, which comes from the Old Bulgarian verb "рыти" meaning "to grub".Rila is abundant in glacial lakes (about 200) and hot springs in fault areas at the base of the mountain. Some of the Balkans' longest and deepest rivers originate from Rila, including Maritsa, Iskar and Mesta.Culturally, Rila is famous for the Rila Monastery, Bulgaria's largest and most important monastery, founded in the 10th century by Saint John of Rila. Alongside the cultural landmarks the mountain is also famous for the Seven Rila Lakes.
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  • In winter, beautiful mountains to snow walks in. Steep but not too heavy. A lot of lifts you already on height. Beautiful views. Also fixed one more time in the summer ...
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  • lots of snow, beautiful place ! the lifts were great and in working order, we didn't ski but I saw lots of happy faces around so I imagine is a great spot for skiing.  more »
  • We have the highest peak Mussala of Rila mountains in August climbed, 2 925 m. The weather was good, the main no rain. The views are beautiful-one combination between Sun, blue sky, eternal lying snow, mighty rocks. It is worth to this climb. We want like to do it again.
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3 days in Rila BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Bulgaria BY A USER FROM CHINA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Rila BY A USER FROM SERBIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Bulgaria BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Bansko BY A USER FROM SPAIN June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Sofia BY A USER FROM BULGARIA April, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Sofia Region BY A USER FROM BULGARIA April, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Borovets BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Plovdiv BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Bansko BY A USER FROM MACEDONIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 25 days in Sofia Region BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in Sofia BY A USER FROM BULGARIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
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