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Rhodope Mountain Towns and Villages

incredible beauty in shiroka lakaThe majestic Rhodope Mountains are home to some wonderful towns and villages, which offer all of the rustic charm that the real Bulgaria has to offer. This is an area with welcoming friendly folk, tasty regional cuisine, panoramic scenery and a sunny climate – even when it snows! We take a look at some of the best areas to holiday or invest in Smolyan district.

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Melnik Bulgaria

romantic melnikMelnik Bulgaria is a blend of unique nature - the cliffs clustered around the houses on the hills, history, culture and wine. It is reputed to be the most romantic town in Bulgaria! With its history, winding streets and ancient houses it really is like a picture postcard and utterly charming. It’s also the smallest town in Bulgaria with around 230 inhabitants. Set in the most south-westerly corner of Bulgaria in the municipality of Blagoevgrad, which covers 25 villages, Melnik lies in the warmest and sunniest part of the country. It is surrounded by three of the country’s largest mountains, Rila, Pirin and the Rhodopes and consequently offers clean, clear air and wonderful mountain spas.

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Colourful Kovachevitsa: the filmmaker’s paradise

at the heart of the Rhodope MountainsThe museum village of Kovachevitsa lies in a remote corner of the south western Rhodope Mountains. It is a village, which oozes old-world architectural charm and has changed little since its foundation in the 17th century, making it a popular choice with film crews. All of the houses here, are constructed from stone and wood and in 1977, the village was acknowledged as an architectural and historical reserve. Its population numbers only 50 inhabitants who live amongst its narrow, cobblestone streets - the well- preserved houses are testimony to the pride the villagers display for their home. Houses with tall white facades with stone-slab roofs and crowded eaves make you feel like you stepped back in time.

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Belogradchik, the Small White Town

the beautiful rocks at belogradchikThe name Belogradchik is becoming widely known as one of the most interesting and most beautiful natural rock formations in the world as it competes for a position as one of the New Wonders of Nature along with household names like the Grand Canyon and Ayers Rock. Yet there is so much more to Belogradchik that the incredible rocks. This city in northwestern Bulgaria, which sits at the foothills of the Balkan Range to the east of the Serbian border and 50 km south of the Danube River is offers a rich cultural life along with the peace and quiet associated with this part of the country.

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Autumn days out: Bulgarian lakes

the beauty of bulgarian lakesWith the heat of the summer gone yet the cold of the winter still to descend, autumn days out are great to visit one of the Bulgarian artificial manmade lakes. The thrill of the wonderful autumnal colours in the trees and fresh air will have you feeling in top form in no time. There are over thirty large dams / artifical lakes in Bulgaria, so there is plenty of choice and inevetably one to be found near you, most of them offering accommodation in the holiday village right on the water. An escape for the weekend can be enjoyed simply doing nothing or walking, cycling, horse riding and angling. For fishing enthusiasts, the lakes in Bulgaria are brimming with perch and carp.

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Sandanski, Home of Spas and Spartacus

sandanski centreThis pretty spa resort is said to be the warmest and sunniest town in Bulgaria. It’s a picturesque place arranged in tiers amidst beautiful nature with a very healthy climate. This is the warmest point in Bulgaria and throughout the year local temperatures remain higher than inland - having watched the Bulgarian weather forecast for the last two years, we can vouch for this! Winters are mild and short and it has the lowest annual rainfall in Bulgaria.

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Therapeutic Velingrad: Bulgaria’s Best Spa Town

spa town wonderlandVelingrad is undoubtedly the most picturesque and most renowned of all of the Bulgarian spa resorts. It is situated in Southern Bulgaria, tucked away in the Chepino Valley in the captivating Rhodope Mountains. What is amazing about Velingrad is that it has 70 separate sources of healing mineral water with a variety of therapeutic properties. But this is not the only interesting natural phenomenon here; Velingrad is also home to the largest karst spring in the country, the Kleptuza.

Velingrad lies at an altitude of 750 to 850 m above sea level and is home to 26,500 people. It has a temperate climate with warm summers mild winters. The town is enveloped by pine forests and is an area prone to masses of sunshine with roughly 2,000 hours a year. This rare combination positively affects the ionization process and creates the grounds for the therapeutic miracles in this area.

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Historic Koprivshtitsa

beautiful koprivshtitsaKoprivshtitsa lies on the Topolnitsa River surrounded by the majestic Sredna Gora Mountains. It is one of the country’s museum towns renowned for its 19th century Revival architecture and with a staggering 383 well-preserved historic monuments it is a busy tourist attraction. On display here there are large ethnographic collections containing ancient weaponry, Renaissance art, household items and fine jewellery. It is perhaps best known for its role in the 1876 April Uprising against the Turks and its international folk festival.

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A Weekend Visit To Velingrad

Velingrad is Bulvelingradgaria's leading spa resort with over 70 mineral springs in the area as well as many natural and cultural sights including the UNESCO heritage site known as the

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Bansko - A Destination For Year Round Tourism

banskotownThe quaint town of Bansko is situated on the boundaries of three mountain ranges Rila, Pirin and Rhodope, which provide amazing views of towering snow capped peaks, fertile meadows and lush

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