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water, mountains, mountainThe mountains occupy half of Bulgaria’s territory. They are extremely diverse in kind. Rugged snow-capped peaks and soft green slopes, cool forests carrying the aroma of herbs and wild fruit, quick-flowing rivers and crystal-clear blue lakes, mineral springs and bioreserves, rare plants and game, large climatic and ski resorts and small picturesque villages with living traditions and folklore - every Bulgarian mountain has its own characteristic appearance, fascination and beautiful name.

The Rila Mountain is the highest mountain on the whole Balkan Peninsula. It is a part of the Rila-Rhodope Massif and occupies its north-eastern end. Rila seems to be a piece of the Alps thrown into the heart of the Balkans with its 130 Alpine peaks above 2000 m, glacial valleys and lakes. Rila is the most majestic Bulgarian Mountain with the highest peak Mussala (2,925 m), 219 high-mountain lakes, over 2,000 plant varieties and a rich animal world. It is the natural setting for Bulgaria's most famous monastery - Rila Monastery, the country's oldest winter resort - Borovets, as well as several smaller but charming resorts, such as Govedartsi, Maliovitsa, Semkovo.

bulgarian map, map, bulgariaThe Pirin Mountain is the country's second highest mountain. It is situated in the southwest of the country between the rivers Struma and Mesta. Pirin mountain, a glorious glacial landscape of peaks and lakes, offers some of the finest walking routes in Europe. Northern Pirin is the home of the highest peak, Vihren (2914m), of 60 others above 2500 m, and of all glacial lakes. It is also the place where the well-known climatic and spa resorts of Sandanski and Dobrinishte and the latest Bulgarian ski center Bansko are located.

The Rhodope Mountain can be called the greenest and the most picturesque mountain. It is located in the southern part of the country. Snow and sun, clean air, mild climate with a Mediterranean influence, original folklore and superb cuisine, cordial and hospitable people, the largest ski resort - Pamporovo, the beautiful town of Chepelare, numerous mineral springs and the most popular place for ecotourism, Momchilovtsi, provide essential advantages for the development of tourism and investment.

rila, lake, lakesThe Balkan Range is the longest mountain chain crossing the entire country from the border with Serbia to the Black Sea coast. This range is also known as Stara Planina or “The Old Mountain”. The 550 km-long Balkan Range has become emblematic for Bulgaria - a birthplace of the Bulgarian nation and a place where Bulgarian traditions and culture have been preserved during the Ottoman occupation. It also serves as a climatic barrier, separating Bulgaria into two parts and providing milder climate for the southern part of the country. The most picturesque towns and museum villages on the Balkan Range offering excellent possibilities for ecotourism are Kotel, Zheravna, Tryavna, Arbanassi, Bozhentsi, Etura. The geographical centre of Bulgaria, Uzana, is also situated here.
There are several more smaller but beautiful mountains on the territory of Bulgaria, such as Vitosha with the famous Vitosha ski resort, Strandzha, Sakar, Osogovo, Liulin.

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