Rila National Park, Rila

4.9
#3 of 56 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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  • The bus company Traventour there picks up at the hotel and takes us towards Rila where c is a natural park with 7 glacial lakes. The group is mixed: there are British, American and German and then the Italians for a total of 16 people. Jordan our guide gives us all the info you need. The journey takes about two hours with a brief stop to buy water and something to eat, because we'll be out all day. Reach your destination we take a short walk to the cable car that will take us up to an altitude of 2000 meters. The climb is lovely and relaxing and takes about half an hour. From here you walk for hours on streets of rocks, climbing and jumping like goats for about 6 km (according to our Guide) and you can reach the various Lakes. The path is not complicated, but definitely not for everyone, whereas the seventh Lake is at an altitude of 2900 metres. The scenario that occurs however repays the whole fatica...si can breathe clean air and you find yourself in an oasis of peace. The descent lasts very little and is smooth, qjindi recovers the gondola and return home around 18.00. Along the way we encounter a geysers in the Centre of town but don't remember the soundof uns name, but that seems to be the only one of the whole Bulgaria. Total cost shuttle and cable car €70.00
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  • We walked to the chair lift of the Panishiste station by car. After 25 minutes from chairlift (2 places) we went to the top that takes about 1 h 30, along the way we discovered a lake and at the top a view on the whole. It was a Saturday and there was a lot of people, 1 h 30 from tail to the chairlift to go and 1 hour for the return, so focus on rather the visit in week. To make absolutely
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  • Disclaimer: This rating is for the amazing nature which left us breathless. It is not for all the accommodations, staff, and service which deserves 0 stars. Four of us decided to visit the national pa...  more »

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