Blagoevgradis the largest city of Southwest Bulgaria,
located about 90km south from Sofia and is famous for its
beautiful center. Only a bridge separates Varosha form the center of
Blagoevgrad. Narrow cobble stone streets, unique architecture diverse arts and
crafts and historical monuments welcome residents and guests to the old
district of Blagoevgrad. Bachinovo Park is located only 3.5 km away from
Blagoevgrad, in the Valley of Bistritsa River.
The Monastery of Saint
Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most
famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated in the
southwestern Rila Mountains, 117 km south of Sofia in the deep valley of Rilska
River. Founded in the 10th century, the Rila Monastery is regarded
as one of Bulgaria’s most important cultural, historical and architectural
monuments and is a key tourist attraction for both Bulgaria and Southeastern
The Stob Pyramids are located near the village of Stob, in the western
approaches of the Rila Mountain next to the Rila Monastery.