BULGARIA WALKING HOLIDAYS GUIDE
Picture walking in the Alps – way back when. Affordable, locally run lodgings; not another soul in sight; fabulously fresh food, straight from the soil. This is what walking vacations in Bulgaria bring to the party: an authentic and slightly nostalgic sense of discovering an area before anyone else. What hosts lack in 5-star facilities, they more than compensate for with hearty fare and friendliness.
Bulgarian legend has it that any time a Greek hikes up Mt Olympus they leave a stone at the top; this is in hope that one day it beats Bulgaria’s Mt Musala as the highest point in the Balkans.
You can trek up the highest peak in the Balkans, Mount Musula (2,925m), in a day thanks to the cable car situated 2,000m below. Hiking trails pass by small traditional villages like Trigrad and Yagodina, and lead around glacial lakes to rocky crags and mountain ridges. Bulgaria has more thermal springs than Hungary, and spa resorts – such as Borovets in Rila and Bansko in Pirin – provide plenty of pick me ups. However, they might not be quite as potent as a cup of locally brewed Mursalski herbal tea… Find out more in our Bulgaria walking vacations guide.
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BEST TIME TO GO ON A WALKING HOLIDAY IN BULGARIA
Bulgaria covered in white is quite a sight. However, springtime on the Vitosha slopes near Sofia and autumn in the Rhodope Mountains are equally gratifying for walkers.
In winter, the Rhodope, Pirin and Rila Mountains are covered in snow. Far from being off limits to walkers, winters here, with the aid of snow shoes, are actually rather wonderful. To experience pine forest trails and shepherds' tracks without the white stuff, however, the best time to go on a walking vacation in Bulgaria is either side of summer. Spring finds rivers and waterfalls at their zenith; autumn is ablaze with fiery foliage and abundant harvest produce. Remember: the higher you hike, the colder and more unpredictable the conditions, no matter which time of year you set out on the trail.
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Find out where to go walking in Bulgaria as well as reading tips and advice from our tour suppliers. Bulgaria boasts some of the largest mountains on the Balkan Peninsula so if you’re looking forward to surveying the land from a whole new perspective right here’s where you put your best foot forward.