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$72.17 Tours & Sightseeing

Belogradchik Rocks and Belogradchik Fortress

The Belogradchik massif is a group of strange shaped sandstone and conglomerate rock formations, located on the slopes of the western Balkan Mountains. The rocks vary in color from primarily red to yellow, and some of the rocks reach up to 200 meters in height. Many of the rocks represent fantastic shapes and are associated with interesting legends. They are often named after people or objects they are thought to resemble. The Belogradchik Rocks have been declared a Nature Landmark by the Bulgarian government and are a major tourist attraction in the region.Belogradchik Fortress is situated at a distance of 1.5 km from the town of Belogradchik among the renowned rocks. It is a fortress that has existed since the Roman times. In 1st – 3rd century AD, the Romans built roads across the new provinces of the empire on the Balkan peninsula, as well as some fortresses to guard them. The mission of Belogradchik Fortress was to control the road from the town of Ratsiaria (nearby today’s village of Archar, in the region of Vidin). The Romans constructed the highest part of the fortress, called The Citadel. This one-day tour allows you to witness one of the nature wanders of Europe and learn more about the history and culture of the picturesque Northwest Bulgaria.Itinerary: This tour starts from your hotel. After a 3-hour transfer, we will reach the town of Belogradchik. The tour of the town, along with the fortress and the amazing rock formations, takes 3 hours. Transfer back to Sofia – the tour ends at your hotel.

$91.37 Tours & Sightseeing

Belogradchik Full-day Tour from Sofia

Belogradchik is in the North-Western part of Bulgaria, so we usually take a scenic but mountainous 2h 30 min drive through Petrohan Balkan range pass (if you don't mind the turns). After a short view point stop right before the town, we arrive at the parking lot in front of Belogradchik Fortress around 11:30 and go for a walk uphill to the top part. On the way we can enjoy the funny-looking forms of the rocks and use our imagination to "see" the figures of the Madonna, the Rabbit, the Turtle, The Ice-Age Squirrel, the Rebel and many more, learn the history of the Fortress during the different periods, hear the frightening legends of prisoners and rebels. The parking lot offers some nice souvenir shops, a good variety of wine and rakia (local strong brandy) from the Magura cave wine cellar. After the visit of the fortress we could stop for a lunch in a local restaurant (optional, not included in the price).At this point you will have two options: A. We drive further north to Magurata Cave, famous for its pre-historic drawings. The visit takes over one hour and is divided in two parts - the main part of the cave with the natural formation and the one with the prehistorical paintings. B. We drive to a nearby newly-opened cave Venetsa (The Wreath), smaller in size than Magura cave but more impressive and shorter drive from Belogradchik. It contains only natural formations. Please note that the drive to Belogradchik is fairly long and mostly mountainous and with turns on the way to Belogradcik. The return leg is on a straight road. We come back to Sofia around 19:00h.At 3.30pm, depart back to Sofia via the main road. If time allows, make a quick stop close to the town of Vratsa to see and admire Vratsata Gorge, the highest gorge in the Balkan Peninsula.

$851.27 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Hot-air balloon trip above Belogradchik

Your tour starts when our driver pick you up from your hotel in Sofia. He will wait you at the reception with "TOUR 4 FUN " sign. The driver will give you a ride to the town of Belogradchik. There he will drop you and your family or friends off and your adventure with the hot-air balloon is going to begin. The town of Belogradchik (Vidin district) has a population of 6 000 inhabitants and lies at a distance of 54 km southwest of Vidin. Belogradchik is a municipal center with 17 component settlements. Belogradchik is situated in Western Bulgaria at the foot of the western part of Stara Planina. The average altitude of the town is 522 m. The flight is above the city and the Fortress, also the Belogradchik Rocks. The duration of the flight is one hour. After that the driver will bring you back to your hotel in Sofia.

$90.22 Day Trips & Excursions

Belogradchik Rocks and Venetsa Cave Day Tour

We will start early and at 8 o’clock will pick you up from your hotel in Sofia. After a 2 and a half hour journey, we will reach the town of Belogradchik and enter the fortress. The gigantic rock formations, some of which are more than 150m high, will leave you speechless. Using your imagination, and depending on how creative you are, you will see the Cobra, the Mask, the Rabbit, Eve and Adam and many other rock formations, not made by a human hand but by nature itself. Our guide will take you to the top of the fortress where you can enjoy the spectacular view. In front of you will be the Balkan mountain range, standing as brave guardian of the valley, in which the Belogradchik rocks are situated. The figures of Luka and Bithynia, engraved in the rocks, will remind you of their eternal love.After the fortress, we will head to the Venetsa cave, which is 20 minutes away from the Belogradchik rocks. On the way, we will stop at two places where you can take pictures of the beautiful surroundings. The name “Venetsa” means “wreath” in Bulgarian. The name was given by a group of National Geographic explorers that declared the cave to be the most beautiful in the region. It was accidentally found in 1970 by miners and open to tourists in 2015. Once inside, you will be mesmerized by the cave formations and can even see a small model of the Belogradchik rocks.After the cave we will proceed towards the small village of Falkovets. There you can enjoy traditional Bulgarian cuisine prepared in a small family restaurant. Torlak cuisine is typical for the region, it uses basic ingredients but it is delicious and filling.At four o’clock we will depart back to Sofia with lovely pictures and memories from one of the most beautiful places in Bulgaria.