Natural Wonders of Bulgaria

Bulgaria, located in southeastern Europe, it is the 16th largest country in Europe.  Highlights of the country include the Balkan Mountains and the Danubian Plain.  These are just a taste of Bulgaria’s wonders of nature.  Water lovers have access to the Black Sea.

Read the information below and discover the natural wonders of Bulgaria:

Krushuna Falls

Krushuna Falls is located in Bulgaria’s northern part, near Krushuna village. It is 34 km away from Lovech city. Krushuna Falls is renowned to tourists for being picturesque. Tourists love going through a path that leads to a cave wherein it rises, and an eco-path was created especially to accommodate the vast number of visitors.

While visitors are walking through this path, they will be able to see spectacular views of the magnificent waterfall’s crystal clear water and the fresh environment. Krushuna Falls’ cold running water provides much adventure and its streamlets created from its river’s clear water make visitors feel calm and comfortable.

The Krushuna Falls’ main waterfall drops 20 meters, making the air near its surroundings watery and filled with water drops. Visitors can reach it quite easily by simply following the path coming from Krushuna village.

Central Balkan National Park

Central Balkan National Park includes 5 administrative district territories that include, Lovech which is 4128.000 km2 or 412,800 ha, Gabrovo which is 0.22 km2 or 22,000 ha, Stara Zagora which is 85.786 km2 or 8,579 ha, Plovdiv which is 102 km² or 10,200 ha and Sofia which is 1,349 km2 or 100 ha.

Central Balkan is situated in Bulgaria’s heart and includes the highest and central parts of The Balkan Mountain Range or Stara Planina Mountain. The park reaches the East-West direction to about 85 km that covers a width of 10 km and an altitude of more than 550 m to its highest peak the Botev peak in the Stara Planina Mountains that reaches 2,376 m. The park was created primarily to protect the area’s unique wilderness and its local livelihoods and traditions.

Ledenika Cave

Located 16 km away from Vratsa, Ledenika Cave is part of Vrachanski Balkan Natural Park territory. Ledenika Cave is situated 830m above e sea level in the Stresherski section (north-west) of Vratsa Mountain.

Ledenika Cave was first opened in 1961, and by 2005 the cave’s infrastructure was renovated entirely. A total of 53 species dwells and live inside the cave, among of which is the Light-hater insect that adapted to living in the darkness that it dies if it is exposed to light.

The name Ledenika, are based from icy stalactites, stalagmites, and columns formed during winter near the cave entrance. A small sinter lake can be seen and according to local beliefs, it fulfills the heart’s desire of anyone who place their hands in its waters. The cave tour takes about an hour, and covers 350m of cave galleries.

Belogradchik Rocks

Belogradchik rocks is measured at 30 kilometers in length, 3 to 5 kilometers in width and 200m in height. The most eye-catching rocks surrounding Belogradchik are the Madonna, The Monks, The Rider, The Student, The Bear, The Lion, Adam and Eva, and The Castle. Visitors can see views of rocks, peaks, precipices, cool streams, lush meadows, and calm lineaments from Old Mountain.

Each rock formation name is given or based on local folklore. Tourists are always left in awe upon seeing the view that Belogradchik rocks offers. Millions of years of nature sculpturing from shapeless stone figures to mythical creatures, animals, and people make Belogradchik rocks a tourist favorite. The flora surrounding includes many typical and rare species and visitors can even trek one of’ rambling paths which is also suitable for cycling.

Pobiti Kamani

The Pobiti Kamani consist of unique rock formations that is already part of UNESCO’s list in their natural phenomenon world catalogue. It is located 18 km away from Varna and has an area totaling to 70 sq. m. The semidesert-semisteppe measures at 32 km in total length and 230m to 4 kilometers in width.

The area’s microclimate is almost windy always, the soil is made of coarse granular carbonates that has an unusually increased coarse sands content, the clay is highly erosed, and the area’s vegetation is sparse, limited to only four vegetation species.

Pobiti Kamani features sand-lime columns that reach heights from 5 to 7m and are 30cm to 2 to 3m diameters in most cases. This look like temple columns, petrified trunks, vases, and thrones from ancient times. These were formed about 50M years ago when the area was still at the bottom of the sea.