Bulgaria

Why choose a Bulgaria Walking Holiday? Bulgaria is one of the few countries in Europe which is a EU member but still excites as an exotic destination. The country is rich in traditions and culture. Bulgaria features notable diversity with the landscape ranging from the snow-capped peaks in Rila, Pirin and the Balkan Mountains to […]

Bulgaria Walking Holidays

From wild, wooded mountain ranges speckled with remote villages and enchanting monasteries to vibrant modern cities and long sandy beaches hugging the Black Sea coast, Bulgaria rewards exploration. Do it at your own pace with our self guided Bulgaria walking holidays. 
 
The Natural Adventure Company’s Bulgaria self guided walking holidays include the mystical Rhodopes, one of Europe’s oldest mountain ranges, the Rila Mountains with the Balkans’ highest peak and seven lakes and the lesser known Pirin mountains and national park, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Seven Rila Lakes and Mount Musala Short Break
Moderate

Seven Rila Lakes and Mount Musala walking holiday is a short self guided hiking tour in the most beautiful parts of Rila Range. Rila is the most famous Bulgarian mountain with impressive peaks and beautiful glacial lakes, including the famous Seven Rila Lakes. Mount Musala (2,925 m) is the highest summit in the entire Balkan peninsula. Another highlight is the famous Rila Monastery. Accommodation is in hand-picked 3 or 4-star hotels.

Rhodope Mountains Walking Holiday
Moderate

Visit the impressive Buinovo Gorge, then hike to the Eagle’s Eye viewing platform offering spectacular views of the whole Rhodopean Range. Trace the footsteps of Orpheus through the mighty Devil’s Throat cave in the Tirgrad Gorge, said to be the mythical Hall of Hades, walk to Chaira Lakes and then take in the splendour of the Canyon of Waterfalls before moving to the comfort of your spa hotel. Accommodation is in hand-picked 3 or 4 star hotels (spa facilities available on Days 5 and 6).

Eagle’s Eye & Canyon of Waterfalls
Easy

A self-guided walking holiday in the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria, appropriate for novices to walking holidays and all those who enjoy their vacations at a slower pace. Trace the footsteps of Orpheus through the mighty Devil’s Throat cave in the Tirgrad Gorge, said to be the mythical Hall of Hades, then take in the splendour of the Canyon of Waterfalls before moving to the comfort of your spa hotel. Accommodation is in hand-picked 3 or 4 star hotels (spa facilities available on Days 5 and 6).

Bulgarian Alps: Rila and Pirin
Moderate

Walk through some of Europe’s most spectacular alpine scenery, including the highest summits in the Balkan region. Visit the impressive Pirin Mountain and the lively resort town of Bansko; climb Pirin’s highest peak, Vihren. Then move to Rila Mountain with a stop at the famous Rila Monastery. Hike to the beautiful Seven Rila Lakes and reach the highest peak in the Balkan Peninsula, Musala (2,925 m). Accommodation in hand-picked 3 or 4 star hotels.

Slow-Paced Spa Walking Holiday in Bulgaria
Easy

Our walking and spa adventures are specifically designed to allow you to re-connect with nature and experience the wilderness and great outdoors. The holiday includes hikes around the forests of the unique village of Shiroka Laka, famous for its distinctive Rhodopean houses, and finishes in the spa town of Devin. The trip is mostly centre-based and features hand-picked accommodation in 3 and 4 star spa hotels on all days.

Bulgaria Walking and Spa Adventure
Moderate

The holiday includes circular hikes from the unique village of Shiroka Laka (famous for its distinctive Rhodopean houses) and includes the village of Gela, set in one of the most beautiful parts of the Rhodope mountains. The trip is mostly centre-based and features hand-picked accommodation in 4-star hotels spa hotels on Days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and finishes in a mineral water spa resort in Devin (known as the spa capital of Bulgaria).

Why choose a Bulgaria Walking Holiday?

Bulgaria is one of the few countries in Europe which is a EU member but still excites as an exotic destination. The country is rich in traditions and culture. Bulgaria features notable diversity with the landscape ranging from the snow-capped peaks in Rila, Pirin and the Balkan Mountains to the mild and sunny Black Sea coast; from the typically continental Danubian Plain (ancient Moesia) in the north to the strong Mediterranean climatic influence in the valleys of Macedonia and in the lowlands in the southernmost parts of Thrace.

Most of the country is situated within the humid continental climate region, with Alpine climate in the highest mountains and subtropical climate in the southernmost regions.

The Rilo-Rhodope region where our self guided walking holidays take place covers the south-western regions of Bulgaria and includes the Rhodope Mountains, Rila, Pirin, Osogovo, Vlahina, Maleshevo, Ograzhden and Belasitsa, as well as the valleys of the rivers Struma and Mesta. The Rhodopes are the most extensive mountain range in Bulgaria, spanning an area of 14,730 sq km with an average altitude of 785 m, characterized with gentle and densely forested slopes. Their length from west to east is 249 km and reach width of 100 km. The altitude decreases from west to east.

To the west are Rila and Pirin, Bulgaria’s two highest mountains. Rila includes Mount Musala, whose 2,925 m peak is the highest in the Balkan Peninsula, while Pirin’s highest peak Vihren at 2,915 m is the third-highest in the Balkans. Both Rila and Pirin have rocky peaks, stony slopes, extensive Alpine zone and hundreds glacial lakes.

Exploring Bulgaria with a self guided walking holiday will give you a chance to experience people’s hospitality and enjoy spectacular scenery. The lower prices (compared to other EU member countries) are only a bonus to what will certainly be an epic holiday!

Bulgaria Walking Holidays: Rhodope Mountains

Our Rhodope Mountains self-guided itineraries include visits the impressive Buinovo Gorge, then hikes to the Eagle’s Eye viewing platform offering spectacular views of the Rhodopean Range. Trace the footsteps of Orpheus through the mighty Devil’s Throat cave in the Tirgrad Gorge, said to be the mythical Hall of Hades, walk to Chaira Lakes and then take in the splendour of the Canyon of Waterfalls before moving to the comfort of your spa hotel. Accommodation is in hand-picked 3 or 4 star hotels.

Bulgaria Walking Holidays: Rila and Pirin

Hike through some of Europe’s most spectacular alpine scenery, including the highest summits in the Balkan region. Our Rila and Pririn self-guided walking holidays  include the impressive Pirin Mountain and the lively town of Bansko; climb of Pirin’s highest peak, Vihren. Then move to Rila Mountain with a stop at the famous Rila Monastery. Hike to the beautiful Seven Rila Lakes and reach the highest peak in the Balkan Peninsula, Musala. Accommodation is in hand-picked 3 or 4 star hotels.

Bulgaria Walking Holidays: Spa Adventures

Our walking and spa adventures are specifically designed to allow you to reconnect with nature and experience the wilderness and great outdoors. Included in the majority of nights are some hand-picked 4 star hotels with spas, so if you feel like a bit of pampering after your days hiking it’s all here too! The holiday also gives you the opportunity to experience the unique local culture and try some traditional Rhodopean food and wine. As these hiking adventures are self-guided, maybe you’ll have the chance for a little self discovery along the way…

Bulgaria: Country Info

Timezone: GMT +2

Language: Bulgarian/Cyrillic In big cities many people speak English, but in remote areas this might not be the case. However most of the hotel staff where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. Road signs/markers are normally in both Cyrillic and Latin alphabet – and you can always call our 24/7 help line if there are any problems.

Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two pin round plugs.

Currency: Bulgarian Lev (BGN), pegged to the Euro (1 Euro equals 1.96 BGN) and therefore fluctuates directly with Euro/GBP rate. We strongly recommend taking adequate cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and in big petrol station chains, but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.

Cost of living: in Bulgaria is lower than in the UK or Western Europe. Some sample prices follow:
• 3-course meal in a standard restaurant: BGN 10-30 pp (£4-12)
• A flask of mineral water from a street shop: BGN 1 (40 p)
• A cup of coffee: BGN 1.50 – BGN 3 (£0.5 – 1.5)

Up-to-date travel advice on Bulgaria is available here.

Route Navigation

You will walk mostly on unpaved timber roads and hiking trails; some sections may include walking on asphalt. Most of the trails in Bulgaria are well-marked and sign posted. Still, we will provide you with detailed road notes and map, and you will have a 24/7 help phone number. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

Late spring, the whole summer and early autumn are beautiful in the Bulgarian mountains with colourful foliage in late spring, gorgeous sunsets in summer and warm panoramas in autumn.

Additional Reads about Bulgaria

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