Bulgarian Mountains


The mountains are the most impressive natural assets of Bulgaria. They occupy almost half of its territory and are situated mainly in the middle and the south parts of the country. It is worth mentioning that except for the most popular and most frequently visited mountains as Rila, Pirin, the Rhodopes, Stara Planina, Sredna Gora etc., there are a lot of small and not very well known mountains.

By origin and appearance Bulgarian Mountains are highly varied, forming chains and domes or being strongly segmented. A common feature of theirs is that they have a specificity of their own which makes them unique. One can see a mosaic of small and low or high-rising mountains such as Rila and Pirin with well expressed alpine landscapes and circuses, glacial lakes and trough valleys. Significant differences can be observed in their natural conditions and resources. Certain mountains are high, with inaccessible rock peaks and hard-to-cross passes. Others are lower, easy to approach, with round ridges and mitigated contours of land forms. The greatest assets of the high Bulgarian Mountains are the snow-covered slopes and summits, suitable for winter sports.

The mountains of Bulgaria are closely associated with the development of tourism. Throughout the year thousands of nature-lovers visit the attractive beauty spots, seeking for joy, health and peace of mind.