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The Caves and Ridges of the Northwest Balkan Mountain

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A great mountain escape for a weekend if you are in Sofia or would simply like to explore a corner of Bulgaria. Enjoy the impressive landscapes of the Vratsa Balkan, embracing the Ledenika Cave and the natural wonder of the Belogradchik Rocks. A visit to Vidin on the banks of the Danube River and to the Magura Cave, with its wall paintings from different eras will simply complete your Bulgaria travel experience.

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Day 1

Locations: Sofia Belogradchik (165km, 2Hr30min)

Depart for the this little town in the NorthWest corner of Bulgaria. Explore the famous Belogradchik Rock Formations and the Kaleto fortress. The Fortress dates back to 1st-3rd century AD and was built by the Romans to guard the roads of the new provinces of the empire on the Balkan Peninsula. The fortress was used in Ottoman times and during the Balkan War in 1885. Visit the Magura Cave, with rock paintings from different eras – the early Paleolithic, early and later Neolithic and the Bronze Age. A solar calendar from the late Neolithic era is the earliest solar calendar discovered in Europe.

Day 2

Locations: Belogradchik Vidin (55km, 55min)

An hour drive takes us to Vidin, situated on the bank of the Danube river. The most interesting site in town is the Baba Vida Fortress, Built in the 10th century, and later expanded through 12th -14th century, this medieval palace was home to the last Bulgarian King, Ivan Strashimir, before Bulgaria’s fall to the Ottoman Empire and also served as a defensive fort. Also visit the Konaka museum or simply stroll along the banks of the Danube River.

Return to Belogradchik for overnight.

Day 3

Locations: Belogradchik Vratsa Balkan (105km, 1Hr30min) Sofia (111km, 1Hr30Min)

On the way back to Sofia, take some time to explore the Vrachanski Balkan Natural Park. Choose from the many eco paths around the Vratsa Balkan and enjoy the spectacular ridges and breathtaking views. Visit the Ledenika cave with its impressive karst stalactites and stalagmites formations dating back for thousands of years. With abundance of galleries, the cave is about 300m long and contains ten separate halls.
Early evening arrival in Sofia

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