Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery is not only the largest Bulgarian monastery, but also the most famous one. It was founded in the 10th century by the hermit St. Ivan of Rila. The monastery is located in 1147 meters altitude in the heart of Rila Mountains. Rila Monastery was listed as a UNESCO List of Global Cultural Heritage in 1983. The architecture of the monastery, especially in the church, is very impressive, because of its unique mural paintings and icons. There is a museum in the building of the monastery, where ancient sceptres, weapons, icons, coins and other historical objects are being kept.

Cave of St. Ivan Rilski

This is the place where St. Ivan Rilski has spent seven years of his life in prayer. To get there, you have to drive a few km after the Rila Monastery and then you have to walk through a steep pathway ( around 20 min). The legend says that who manages to pass through the hole at the end of the cave has no sins. There is a little church next to the cave, where is situated the grave of St. Ivan Rilski. Next to the church and the cave is situated The wall of the wishes. Local people believe that if you write your wish on a piece of paper, then hide it somewhere inside the stones and wash your hands and face, the wish will come true.

Seven Rila Lakes

Seven Rila Lakes are a group of lakes of glacial origin, situated between 2,100 and 2,500 metres elevation above sea level. Each lake was given its name, because of its shape. The lowest one is "The Lower Lake" (2095m), then - "The Fish Lake" (2184m), "The Trefoil" (2216m), "The Twin" (2243m), "The Kidney" (2282m), "The Eye" (2440m), "The Tear" (2535m).

Reservoir Kalin

Reservoir Kalin (2394m) is not only the highest reservoir in Bulgaria, but also the highest one on the Balkans. To get there you have to go in Pastra, where you will see signs and you will get to Hydroelectric plant Pastra. From this point you will have to continue on foot, unless you own a jeep or other passable car. From the reservoir you can get to Kalin peak for about 20 minutes. For an hour you could reach Otovishki vrah, from which opens out a fine view of Seven Rila Lakes.

The Devil's Water

The Devil's Water is a cascading waterfall, which is located near the village of Pastra. It is quite hard to get to The Devil's Water, although there is a path. We recommend that you visit this natural attraction in spring or summer.

The Stob Pyramids

The sandstone pyramids of Stob are near the village of Stob in The Rila Mountains. The pyramids vary in height from 7 to 12 meters. They have different shapes and size and they continue changing in shape, because of weather conditions (wind, erosion, evaporation). In the course of time some pyramids disintegrate and new ones spring up. The Stop Pyramids are definitely one of the most popular natural attractions in Bulgaria, which you must see.

Natural Park Rila Monastery

In 2000 Rila Monastery and the territory around it were declared a Natural Park Rila Monastery. The unique nature and the ancient historical records make the natural park a desired destination for many Bulgarian and foreign tourists. Over 90% of the forests in the territory is primeval, which it is rare to see in Europe.