The Rose valley is situated in the heart of Bulgaria and is one of the most visited places. The valley is beautiful and colorful not only because of the roses, but also because of the lavender, sunflower and the various fruit trees grown there. The rose is grown only in this region and blooms for only 1 month between mid-May and mid-June. Every year, people from all over the world visit the famous Rose Festival in the town of Kazanlak. The main purpose of rose oil is to be used as the main ingredient in perfumes but it is also very beneficial to the skin and stomach. It produces many creams, lotions, drinking water, jams, even alcoholic beverages. However, be careful with its use because it is a strong laxative.
Besides the rose, which is a symbol of Bulgaria, the valley is also famous for its ancient heritage left by the first European culture – that of the Thracians. The most beautiful Thracian tomb, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, is located in the town of Kazanlak. Several other tombs surround the city, and the capital of the Great Odrissian Kingdom is submerged under the waters of the city lake.
Near one of Kazanlak is one of the most famous Bulgarian monuments – Buzludja . This is the most grandiose Communist monument built in 1981 on the ridge of the mountain to celebrate the 1300th anniversary of the creation of Bulgaria and the 90th anniversary of the creation of the first so-called. Communist Party in Bulgaria. The monument was abandoned in 1989 and has since collapsed. However, it continues to impress with its peculiar shape and the perfectly preserved and beautiful mosaics inside the main hall. The monument is at the forefront of the world’s most beautiful abandoned places and attracts thousands of young visitors from all over the world. Keep in mind that access to the inside of the monument is forbidden, and anyone who enters the risk of being fined or injured because the only entrance is through the labyrinth in the basement.
The Rose Valley is the ideal geographic center of Bulgaria and ideal for one-day tours from anywhere in Bulgaria.