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Winter sports; In the mountains; Among nature
The Rila Mountains in the west of Bulgaria are the highest mountains in the Balkans. The highest peak is the Moesala at 2925 meters. Rila National Park is located 100 km south of Sofia and is the largest national park in Bulgaria. It is the highest and most centrally located national park, situated in the mountains of Rilagebergte. In the park live (rare) wild animals such as bear, wild boar, deer, falcons and eagles. In addition, there are historical / cultural sites of which Rilaklooster (UNESCO's World Heritage list) is the most famous. This monument is an example from the Bulgarian Renaissance and symbolizes the Slavic cultural identity following centuries of occupation and oppression. The Rila Mountains have beautiful nature and two of the largest rivers in Bulgaria: the Iskar and Msarista. The area is well-developed with mountain houses, holiday villages and sports and health centers. The Rila Mountains offer numerous opportunities for an active holiday. For example, you can go hiking, cycling, mountain climbing, horseback riding, fishing and bird watching. Along the road to Sofia there is the large Lake Iskar where you can enjoy a summer swim. You can also try out various water sports such as water-skiing and wake-boarding. In the winter you can go skiing in Borovets. This is the most popular tourist ski resort with 18 ski runs (total length of 60 kilometers). A modern 6-person gondola lift takes you to the top of Musala Mountain. An excellently equipped ski resort (skiing from 2560 meters) in the midst of a lovely pine forest. Here you will find yourself in a white wonderland that too often seems to be reserved just for scenes on postcards. A cozy après-ski is guaranteed! The ski season starts in mid-December and runs to late April. Malyovitsa is a beautiful, wooded area ideal for nature lovers. This beautiful mountain is 2730 meters high and has 5 ski runs. A real Bulgarian ski resort where the local people also enjoy skiing.