Blagoevgrad is one of the most popular and preferred cities for living and for a holiday. It is surrounded by three big mountains : Pirin , Rila and Vlahina, located along the Struma and Bistritsa rivers, the city with its favorable climate and clean air impresses the tourists from all different parts of our and the other countries.
The places you should visit are:
It is one of the most memorable sights in the city. Narrow cobblestone streets, unique architecture, various crafts and historical monuments welcome residents and guests of Blagoevgrad in the old quarter Varosha. It has kept awake the spirit of the Renaissance in lively small houses. Varosha means history, tradition , and a place for walking relaxation.
Bachinovo is a favorite place for relaxation, walking, sports and entertainment for the citizens and the visitors of the Blagoevgrad. It is located 3 km. over the city center. You can go to the village of Bistritsa, Bodrost resort, the "Parangalitsa" reserve and the "Macedonia" hut. There's a pedestrian alley on the other side of the Bistritsa river so you can walk to the park. Bachinovo has also a lake, with pedalos in the shape of swans. Since this spring you can see there two couples of white and black swans, and а flock of wild ducks. Near the lake is the rope park, named "Kokolandia". The attraction is unique in the region and represents a line of rope obstacles on 4 levels for the different ages of the kids - from 3 to 5, from 5 to 8, from 8 to 14 and over 14.
The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated in the southwestern Rila mountains, 117 km south of the capital Sofia in the deep valley of the Rilska River at an elevation of 1,147 m above sea level. The monastery is named after its founder, the hermit Ivan of Rila (876-946 AD). Founded in the 10th century, the Rila Monastery is regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments and is a key tourist attraction for both Bulgaria and Southeastern Europe.
THE STOB PYRAMIDS
The Stob Pyramids are located near the village of Stob, in the western part of the Rila Mountain, next to the Rila Monastery. These are stone andearth formations, 30-40 m deep. The sediments are colored rusty-brown, reddish and dark yellow and, because of their location, the pyramids are especially beautiful at sunset or at moonlight. Many of the formations are crowned with rock “hats” – large stone blocks sizing 120 by 80 cm. Under the influence of wind, rain and snow, the form of the pyramids changes, some of them vanish, the stone hats fall and new pyramids are born.
SKI- CENTER BODROST
Bodrost ski centre is situated in Kartala site, just 30 km away from Blagoevgrad city in Bulgaria. Bodrost is a small ski centre in the southwestern part of the Rila Mountain, at approximately 1300 m height. It is a starting point to numerous hiking routes in Rila Mountain, and also offers perfect conditions for skiing for beginners.
Parangalitsa Reserve is part of Rila National Park. It is situated in the southwestern part of Rila Mountain, at only 30 km away from Blagoevgrad. The reserve is with a total area of 1 509 hectares. In 1977 it was included in the "Man and biosphere" UNESCO Program. The reserve was created to preserve the centuries-old natural spruce forests and the only herd of red deer in Bulgaria.