Rila National Park, Rila

4.8
#3 of 63 in Nature in Bulgaria
Visit Bulgaria's largest national park, Rila National Park, filled with meandering rivers, rolling mountains, and rich wildlife. Nestled on the highest mountain range of the Balkans, the park covers 81,046 hectares (200,269 acres) and reaches heights of 3,000 m (9,800 ft). Spend time hiking through landscape and observing some of the 172 animal species, including bears and abundant predatory birds. Alternatively, join guided nature activities like horseback riding, camping, and skiing. At certain parts of the park, you can visit mountains and forests during the daytime and dress up to experience Bulgaria's vibrant nightlife in the evenings. With our online itinerary creator, Rila attractions like Rila National Park can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • A group of us decided to do our next hiking trip in Bulgaria in Rila National Park in July and it easily met and exceeded all my expectations. We stayed in Samakov four nights which was the perfect lo...  more »
  • If you are visiting Bulgaria you should put Rila National Park in you to do list. The mountain and the park offer great ways to experience nature in any season. It is easily accessible from Sofia - an...  more »
  • It is a beautiful place to visit for sure and it is not challenging so if you have kids over 10 years old will not be a problem. There is a short way and long way. As soon as we got up with the lift w...  more »
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  • Probavly one of the most beautiful places in Bulgaria. If you are reading this, then you are about to make a great choice visiting the Rila National Park. The journey up hill will take you about 2.5hours. I am in terrible physical shape and I did it, and so can you. Slowly and steady you can climb to the highest lake which has a very rewarding view. Good luck on your way up
  • I recommend doing the tour in August. The day is long and you'll have time to climb up Musala pick, relax there and return on time for the working hours if the gondola. Be well equipped, this is high mountain, so take water and tracking shoes. Remember to leave Rila mountain clean!
  • Very nice park. Scenic chairlift, beautiful lakes and mountains. Lift costs 18lv for return. If you follow the red arrows from the lift it will be around 3.5 hours round trip hike.
  • One of the most beautiful mountains in Europe. Views are amazing and paths are completely not crowdy. There are many interesting huts, however they are usually not in good shape. Often times you can notice wild animals. There are plenty of mountain lakes and sources of water.
  • The highest Balkans mountain top is situated in this park. Getting there is not that hard, that makes it very attractive for tourists. Amazing nature, great for photographers, especially the ones that love to take shots of the sunrise.
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