Vitosha Mountain, the treasure

Vitosha Bulgaria private tours

Doesn’t Vitosha Bulgaria private tours sound like a flying carpet to you? One that likes to take you on an imaginary journey around the mountain Vitosha. This is the fourth highest mountain in Bulgaria after Rila, Pirin and Stara Planina (Old Mountain or the Balkan). The mountain is relatively young and it’s in close proximity to the capital of the country, Sofia. That makes the city unique because it is situated at the foot of the mountain. Not many places can be that lucky. Sightseeing Sofia can be successfully combined with a tour around Vitosha.

On the territory of Bulgaria there are 37 mountains. 36 of them are in the southern part of the country. There are biggest and highest, most beautiful and alpine mountains. Vitosha mountain is one of these 37 mountains (Vitosha Bulgaria private tours), as well as the symbol of Sofia. The mountain is also the oldest nature park on the Balkan Peninsula. In addition, Vitosha is the only dome-shaped mountain of volcanic origin in the country. The mountain has the shape of a big dome. Cherni Vrah (or Black Peak) is Vitosha’s highest peak (2290 m). It is one of the 10 peaks in Vitosha over 2000 m high. Characteristic of the mountain are the stone rivers. They are heapings of rock blocks, in the shape similar to that of a cube. They are a result of the water flowing which gradually smoothened their edges.

Interesting legends

People used to praise Bulgarian mountains in the old songs. Mountains were always people who later turned into rocks. Not only songs but legends as well are likely to animate mountains and thus making them part of human relationships.

Let me not postpone it any longer but tell you the legend that lies behind Vitosha Mountain. Once upon a time there used to be two ridges, The Big Ridge and The Long Ridge. In the nearby villages lived a girl named Vita. She was a shepherd and used to take the herd of sheep to the Big Ridge. She had a beautiful voice and could sing. On the other ridge, the Long Ridge, there was a quiet and humble boy, a shepherd as well. He could play the rebec. His name was Lyulin. Whenever he heard Vita’s strong voice, he accompanied her. If the girl didn’t sing, the villagers would hear the boy calling her, ‘Vitooo!’. To that Vita would say. ‘Shtoooo?’ (meaning ‘What?’) And what actually villagers could understand was ‘Vitoshoooooo’. In short, these two young people became the reason for Vitosha Bulgaria private tours. Funny, isn’t it?

Love at first sight

Vitosha Bulgaria private tours, Vita’s mother cursed Vitosha and Lyulin to turn into rocks. The reason for that was the fact that Vita declined all the good marriage proposals for Lyulin. Eventually, she ran away from her family. That day the villagers heard the young people in love calling each other from the Big and the Long Ridges. It was a clear and sunny day. All of a sudden, a scary thunder split the earth where Vita was standing, the Big Ridge and Vita fell. A thunder hit Lyulin on the other ridge. Since then people call the Big Ridge – Vitosha and the Long Ridge – Lyulin. The peak, where the thunder hit Vita, is Black Peak (Cherni Vrah).

Vitosha mountain, educational site

People know Vitosha mountain as ‘the lungs of Sofia’. Usually Sofia tours are combined with Vitosha Bulgaria private tours. The mountain has very well-developed tourist infrastructure with many huts (there are more than 20 working huts), paths and alleys. It also has rich diversity of flora and fauna. The conditions for trekking all the year round are another good thing. In addition to that is the ski sport in all of its varieties (there are 6 ski-run of 13.6 km total length). These are rock and ice climbing, paragliding, mountain biking, riding tours. Vitosha is also good for alternative, environment-friendly winter sports, such as snow-kiting, kite-winging, etc. As a result, Vitosha mountain is the best choice for one-and-more days hiking tours. Being the most frequented protected territory and the fact that it is so close to Sofia, Vitosha mountain is the ideal place for education in responsible attitude towards nature. Green and sports schools in the mountain are something common and preferred.

Children learn how to know and love nature. Close to Sofia is also the first mountain resort in Bulgaria and on the Balkans, Borovets. (Borovets Bulgaria tours) Natural and cultural sights are part of Vitosha mountain. Vitosha Bulgaria private tours present you The Golden Bridges (Zlatnite Mostove) – a stone river; Boyana Waterfall – the highest waterfall in the mountain; Boyana Church – a medieval Orthodox church… Contact Us for more information about different tours, customized tours.

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