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Rila National Park, Rila

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National Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • There are many picturesque landscapes, but this one is guaranteed to be one of the most beautiful experiences. In October 2020 I was lucky enough to make a great tour here by sunshine. I would like...  more »
  • I hiked in the National Park for 4 days at the beginning of winter. There was quite a bit of fresh snow, some of it on top of ice, and I needed my crampons. The mountains are outstanding, especially.....  more »
  • Very beautiful nature, a lot of things to do like Rila Seven lakes, Rila Monastery, Stobski Pyramides, Borovets Ski Courort and a lot of others. Food in this region is very delicious, people are very....  more »
  • Longest and cheapest chairlift ever! Simply amazing. Unspoiled. Lots of Bulgarians love to come here. Not a tourist trap! Great boiled corn on the cob. Beware the long return queue.
  • A must see for everyone, at least once in a lifetime. It is so beautiful and picturesque that can't be described, need to see it with your own eyes!
  • It's a wonderful national park, great for hiking. Pick a sunny day for your trip so there is no fog blocking the breathtaking view. You might need a warm jacket and a hat for the ride upwards.
  • The best place to go and have some 'zen' experience!! The lakes, the cliffs, the pines and the rocks, all the nature is just so fresh and sooting that you will feel calmer and trouble-free the moment you set foot in the mountain.
  • Amazing! No words how beautiful these mountains are and impressed how clean is kept despite loads of tourists on the trails. Rocky steep peaks, fairy tale flowery meadows counted over hundred of flower species, glaciar lakes, icy mountain springs and waterfalls, fresh trout ....just amazing!

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