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Autumn days out: Bulgarian lakes

With 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.

At this time of year, the manmade lakes and dams are a much better choice for a day trip than the coast. The dams provide wonderful countryside and a greater choice of activities suitable for this cooler time of year.

Batak Dam
Batak is a small town in the western Rhodopi mountains, some 35 kms from the town of Pazardjik. The dam is about 3 kms from the town in a north westerly direction and is the third largest in the country. This is one of the most beautiful artificial lakes in Bulgaria. Rather than stay in Batak itself, the popular mountain resort of Tsigov Chark is right on the lake edge and there is even a ski piste for winter time, really suited to beginners. Plenty of hotels or villas to rent and good mehana (taverns) and restaurants. All around the dam there are opportunities for numerous sports. A wonderful place with ravishing countryside for those who love the mountains and nature.

Koprinka Dam
Only some 7 kms from Kazanlak and just a few kms from the spa resort of Pevel Banya, Koprinka is twenty kms long with stunning scenery. The autumn sunsets over the water are breathtaking. The dam has become famous for the sunken ruins of Seuthopolis town beneath the water and plans are to create a huge tourist attraction here, where visitors will be able to visit the ancient Thracian city. For more information on this fantastic project, visit the website  If you fancy water sports, then the conditions here are excellent with steady breezes and calm waters. Sports on offer are boating, wind surfing, hang gliding and paragliding. Fishermen will find carp, zander, barbel and chub. The dam is easily accessible by car and there is a regular bus service. 

Dospat Dam
In the Rhodope mountains in southern Bulgaria, this is a top location for angling. It is the highest altitude artificial lake in Bulgaria. Surrounding by spruce and pine forests there are several family b and bs on the slopes overlooking the lake. The dam itself covers 22 and is the second largest in capacity in the country. Most of the holiday hotels and cabins for rent are located on the southern part dotted in the pine forests. The dam is rich in fish, including perch, trout and carp. Accessibility is not the best but worth the effort. There are three mountain roads leading to the dam but two of them are in poor condition. This is a great opportunity to spend some time observing otters, which can be watched from a pontoon across the lake.