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Rugged snow-capped peaks and beautiful green slopes, cool forests carrying the aroma of herbs and wild fruit, quick-flowing rivers and crystal-clear blue lakes, curable mineral springs and bio-reserves, rare plants, large climatic and ski resorts and small picturesque villages with living traditions and folklore - every Bulgarian mountain has its own characteristic appearance, fascination and beautiful name.
Bulgarian Mountain Climate
The mountainous climatic region includes the mountain parts at elevation above 900 -1000 meters. Temperatures decrease with height, whilst the snowfalls and winter-fun increases. The snow cover stays for about 5-6 months and is over 1.5 meters thick. The average January temperatures on the high mountain peaks reach up to -20°C and are around -5°C in the valleys and ski resorts. Average summer temperatures vary between 14°C and 19°C.
There are about 250 sunny days a year. The air is very clear and fragrant with the smell of pines and herbs. There is no aerosol pollution and the atmosphere abounds in ultraviolet rays.
The most majestic Bulgarian Mountain, featuring the highest peak Moussala /2925 meters/; 219 high-mountain lakes with crystal-waters and variety of fishes, over two thousand plant varieties and a rich animal world.
The mountain is also a natural setting for Bulgaria's most famous monastery - Rila Monastery, and the country's oldest winter resort - Borovets.
Bulgaria’s second highest mountain (highest peak Vihren - 2914 meters) with 176 mountain lakes and about hundred varieties of rare plants, including the edelweiss and the famous Baikousheva fir, which is almost 1300 years old. Location of the well-known climatic and spa resort of Sandanski and the latest Bulgarian ski center Bansko.
Rhodopes (Rodopa) is the greenest and most picturesque Bulgarian mountain, linked with the legend of the mythical singer Orpheus. Snow and sun, clean air, mild climate with a Mediterranean influence. Original folklore and superb cuisine, cordial and hospitable people. Home to the largest ski resort – Pamporovo and the most popular place for ecotourism - Momchilovtsi.
The green mountain of the Bulgarian capital - Sofia, the most frequented Bulgarian mountain, attractive during any season. Featuring 2 wildlife reserves, three climatic zones, highest peak Cherni Vruh (2286 meters), varied flora and fauna, curative mineral springs and a rare natural phenomenon - eight Moraines. The mount is a popular resort for winter holidays and skiing, modern hotels and ski facilities.
The Balkan Range Mountain
The mountain which gave its name to a peninsula - THE BALKAN PENINSULA, and life to a state – BULGARIA!!! It is the biggest and longest mountain chain crossing the entire country from west to east, with highest peak Botev (2376 meters). There is 700 kilometers long mountain ridge, which is ideal for hiking tours, steep rocks and thrilling caves, of equal attraction to tourists, mountaineers and speleologist. Picturesque National Revival towns and museum villages, offering excellent possibilities for ecotourism - Kotel, Zheravna, Tryavna, Arbanassi, Bozhentsi, Etura.