Rila Mountain is located in southwest Bulgaria, about 1 hour drive from Sofia. The highest and significant in size, Rila is one of the most beautiful mountains in Europe. For us, the Bulgarians are special because of three things.
Mount Musala – the highest in southeast europe. The peak is extremely popular for hiking. A relatively easy transition, which starts from the last station of the gondola lift in Borovets and takes between 3-4 hours in one direction. The view from the top is memorable and in clear weather you can see the Aegean Sea. Dozens of adventurers take not only a winter climb, but also a nightly winter climbing.
The Seven Rila’s lakes – the most beautiful place in Bulgaria. Rila is rich in lakes with more than 200, but these seven are the most famous. They are located at an altitude between 2100 and 2500 meters above sea level. From the top you can see a panoramic view of the surrounding area and all of the lakes. The name of each lake comes from its shape or position – for example, The Tear, The Eye, The Kidney, The Lower lake, etc. Besides its beauty, the area is famous for its energy. According to experts in the field, there is one of the strongest energies on earth. For this reason, the esoteric “White Brothers” organizes each year a special meeting on the meadows near The Kidney. They celebrate the cosmic new year by dancing a special dance called Paneurhythmy, trying to get as close as possible to nature and open their hearts to goodness.
Rila Lakes are a perfect day trip from Sofia, Borovets or Bansko. Depending on your physical condition and training, the route may be medium to very tough, especially in the last part. It takes a total of 8 hours, but every minute of it is worth it. If you choose to enjoy this beauty, prepare a good mountain shoes and a jacket depending on the season. For the summer season, sunscreen and hat are required because the sun high up is ruthlessly strong. The same rules and conditions apply to Mount Musala.
Rila Monastery – the oldest Bulgarian monastery, founded by the followers of the first and most famous Bulgarian saint, Ivan Rilski. The monastery was founded in the 10th century as a center of literature. This role is fundamental throughout its life. For centuries, not only the Bulgarians, but also the neighboring Orthodox peoples, worship the monastery’s activities, visit it, and that is why it is often called the Bulgarian Jerusalem. The one-day visit to Rila Monastery is extremely convenient and easy from Sofia, Plovdiv, Borovets and Bansko. If you are on the coast, you need at least two days.