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Belogradchik

Belogradchik is a city in North Bulgaria. Located in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains, the town is famous throughout Bulgaria for its unique rock formations.

Belogradchik is a city in North Bulgaria. Located in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains, the town is famous throughout Bulgaria for its unique rock formations.

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Buy

In the center, there is a small souvenir shop which offers the typically selection of trinkets, pottery, embroidery and knickknacks. For a more unique purchase, try the wine shop next door which features wines and spirits from the surrounding region.

Buy

In the center, there is a small souvenir shop which offers the typically selection of trinkets, pottery, embroidery and knickknacks. For a more unique purchase, try the wine shop next door which features wines and spirits from the surrounding region.

Do

  • Hike. Spend a day exploring the area's unique rock formations on one of the many marked trails through the surrounding hills. Ranging in length from 4 km to 24 km round trip, the trails are perfect for a leisurely afternoon stroll or a full day adventure. They offer beautiful views of the surrounding hills and rocks and opportunities for viewing local wildlife and exploring local caves. For trail maps and information about local guides visit the Visitor's Center on the main square.

Do

  • Hike. Spend a day exploring the area's unique rock formations on one of the many marked trails through the surrounding hills. Ranging in length from 4 km to 24 km round trip, the trails are perfect for a leisurely afternoon stroll or a full day adventure. They offer beautiful views of the surrounding hills and rocks and opportunities for viewing local wildlife and exploring local caves. For trail maps and information about local guides visit the Visitor's Center on the main square.

Drink

There are numerous small cafes and bars located along the main street of town. Most of these only serve drinks or occasionally a light snack. In the summer, a small outdoor cafe just off the main square provides the perfect spot to relax in the shade and offers one of the best views of the Belogradchik Rocks.

For a taste of the local drinks, try a bottle of Magura wine made in the neighboring village of Rabisha. Or for something stronger, try a shot of domashno rakia, homemade brandy, the national drink of Bulgaria and always a source of local pride.

Drink

There are numerous small cafes and bars located along the main street of town. Most of these only serve drinks or occasionally a light snack. In the summer, a small outdoor cafe just off the main square provides the perfect spot to relax in the shade and offers one of the best views of the Belogradchik Rocks.

For a taste of the local drinks, try a bottle of Magura wine made in the neighboring village of Rabisha. Or for something stronger, try a shot of domashno rakia, homemade brandy, the national drink of Bulgaria and always a source of local pride.

See

  • Belogradchik Rocks, Bulgaria's most spectacular rock formations covering an area of 90 sq. km. Some of the best views of the rocks are from the main square, the top of the fortress, the town park or along one of the many hiking trails. Belogradchik Rocks is nominee for New7Wonders of Nature
  • Belogradchik Fortress, built into the towering rocks on the hilltop overlooking the town. Open Daily: June-Sept 8AM-9PM; Oct-May 9AM-5PM. The fortress, also called Kaleto, was begun by the Romans in the 1st-3rd centuries, continued by the Bulgarians and later completed by the Turks in the 19th century. From the top of the fortress, there are spectacular views of the surrounding hills and rock formations.
  • There is an defunct Ottoman Mosque nearby to and easily visible from the fortress. It was supposedly built in 1751. It's not in the best repair these days and the building itself is not very remarkable, but the minaret and Arabic artwork above the door are beautiful. Worth taking a bit to admire.
  • History Museum, in town center on the main street. M-F 9-12PM & 2-5PM. A small museum containing exhibits of local history and folklore. The museum is housed in a well-preserved national revival period home (c.1810).
  • Art Gallery, in the town center on the main street. M-F 9-12PM & 2-5PM. A small gallery featuring the work of local and regional artists. Its collection includes over 180 paintings and drawings.
  • Natural History Museum, in the town park. M-F 8-12AM & 2-5PM. A small museum featuring wildlife native to the region.

See

  • Belogradchik Rocks, Bulgaria's most spectacular rock formations covering an area of 90 sq. km. Some of the best views of the rocks are from the main square, the top of the fortress, the town park or along one of the many hiking trails. Belogradchik Rocks is nominee for New7Wonders of Nature
  • Belogradchik Fortress, built into the towering rocks on the hilltop overlooking the town. Open Daily: June-Sept 8AM-9PM; Oct-May 9AM-5PM. The fortress, also called Kaleto, was begun by the Romans in the 1st-3rd centuries, continued by the Bulgarians and later completed by the Turks in the 19th century. From the top of the fortress, there are spectacular views of the surrounding hills and rock formations.
  • There is an defunct Ottoman Mosque nearby to and easily visible from the fortress. It was supposedly built in 1751. It's not in the best repair these days and the building itself is not very remarkable, but the minaret and Arabic artwork above the door are beautiful. Worth taking a bit to admire.
  • History Museum, in town center on the main street. M-F 9-12PM & 2-5PM. A small museum containing exhibits of local history and folklore. The museum is housed in a well-preserved national revival period home (c.1810).
  • Art Gallery, in the town center on the main street. M-F 9-12PM & 2-5PM. A small gallery featuring the work of local and regional artists. Its collection includes over 180 paintings and drawings.
  • Natural History Museum, in the town park. M-F 8-12AM & 2-5PM. A small museum featuring wildlife native to the region.

Sleep

While several larger hotels are currently under construction, at the moment the only available accommodations are smaller family-run businesses.

  • Guest House Viko Hostel (Viko Hostel), 5 Tsar Ivan Sratsimir Str,  +359878364306. 11 beds in 3 rooms and 1 apartment, each with satellite TV and a separate bath, Wi-Fi Internet
  • Hotel Dalia (Hotel Dalia), 1 Saedinenie Bul (Belogradchik),  +359 888 641 528. 2 apartments and 6 rooms, each with satellite TV and a separate bath, Wi-Fi Internet
  • Hotel-Restaurant Skalite +359-898-733-818. 18 beds in 8 rooms, each with separate bath.
  • Hotel-Tavern Madonna +359-936-5546. 11 beds in 5 rooms, each with satellite TV and a separate bath.
  • Guest house Near The Oak at Plamen +359-896-795426. 15 beds in 6 rooms.

Visitors can also find accommodations in a number of private "guest homes" which typically offer 2 or 3 rooms for tourists. For a complete list of these guest homes with contact information see the 'Travel and Lodgings' section on the town's official website,

Sleep

While several larger hotels are currently under construction, at the moment the only available accommodations are smaller family-run businesses.

  • Guest House Viko Hostel (Viko Hostel), 5 Tsar Ivan Sratsimir Str,  +359878364306. 11 beds in 3 rooms and 1 apartment, each with satellite TV and a separate bath, Wi-Fi Internet
  • Hotel Dalia (Hotel Dalia), 1 Saedinenie Bul (Belogradchik),  +359 888 641 528. 2 apartments and 6 rooms, each with satellite TV and a separate bath, Wi-Fi Internet
  • Hotel-Restaurant Skalite +359-898-733-818. 18 beds in 8 rooms, each with separate bath.
  • Hotel-Tavern Madonna +359-936-5546. 11 beds in 5 rooms, each with satellite TV and a separate bath.
  • Guest house Near The Oak at Plamen +359-896-795426. 15 beds in 6 rooms.

Visitors can also find accommodations in a number of private "guest homes" which typically offer 2 or 3 rooms for tourists. For a complete list of these guest homes with contact information see the 'Travel and Lodgings' section on the town's official website,

Get around

Belogradchik is a small town and is easily and most enjoyably experienced on foot. Limited taxi service is also available.

Get around

Belogradchik is a small town and is easily and most enjoyably experienced on foot. Limited taxi service is also available.

Get in

By bus

From the Central Bus Station in Sofia, direct buses run to Belogradchik about once a day. (Trip time: 4 hours) The town is most easily reached by bus from Vidin, 50 km to the north. Regular buses run between Belogradchik and Vidin throughout the day. (Trip time: 1 hour) The bus station in Belogradchik is conveniently located just below the main street.

By train

Trains on the Sofia-Vidin line (leaving from the Sofia Central Railway Station) stop at the village Oreshets, which is about 10 km to the east of Belogradchik. On the way to Mezdra, the train crosses a mountain range and travels through the Iskar Gorge, and is described by some as one the most scenic trains in the Balkans. People may tell you there is a bus service connecting the train station to Belogradchik. If you find one, great, but count taking a taxi, many of which wait at the station for every train. A fair price is 6 Leva (3 Euro) or 3 Leva if at least 3 person in the taxi. To return, get the taxi number from the Tourist Office and call them long in advance (sometimes you may receive a negative answer and miss your train back to Sofia), or ask in the bus station.

By car

Belogradchik lies just off the main road between Montana and Vidin. From Sofia, the trip time by car is about 3 hours.

Get in

By bus

From the Central Bus Station in Sofia, direct buses run to Belogradchik about once a day. (Trip time: 4 hours) The town is most easily reached by bus from Vidin, 50 km to the north. Regular buses run between Belogradchik and Vidin throughout the day. (Trip time: 1 hour) The bus station in Belogradchik is conveniently located just below the main street.

By train

Trains on the Sofia-Vidin line (leaving from the Sofia Central Railway Station) stop at the village Oreshets, which is about 10 km to the east of Belogradchik. On the way to Mezdra, the train crosses a mountain range and travels through the Iskar Gorge, and is described by some as one the most scenic trains in the Balkans. People may tell you there is a bus service connecting the train station to Belogradchik. If you find one, great, but count taking a taxi, many of which wait at the station for every train. A fair price is 6 Leva (3 Euro) or 3 Leva if at least 3 person in the taxi. To return, get the taxi number from the Tourist Office and call them long in advance (sometimes you may receive a negative answer and miss your train back to Sofia), or ask in the bus station.

By car

Belogradchik lies just off the main road between Montana and Vidin. From Sofia, the trip time by car is about 3 hours.

Go next

  • Explore the Magura Cave, located 25km to the northwest just outside the village of Rabisha, which is one of the most impressive caves in Bulgaria and contains some of the oldest cave paintings in Europe.
  • Visit the village of Chiprovtsi, located about 35km to the south, which is famous for its hand-woven carpets.

Go next

  • Explore the Magura Cave, located 25km to the northwest just outside the village of Rabisha, which is one of the most impressive caves in Bulgaria and contains some of the oldest cave paintings in Europe.
  • Visit the village of Chiprovtsi, located about 35km to the south, which is famous for its hand-woven carpets.

Eat

  • Inn +359 888 727 687. offers the best in traditional Bulgarian dishes. Situated near the town uder The Rock.
  • Tavern Madonna +359-936-5546. offers the best in traditional Bulgarian cuisine and features many local and regional specialties.
  • Restaurant Skalite +359-898-733-818. standard Bulgarian fare.
  • Restaurant Elite +359-936-4558. standard Bulgarian and European dishes.

Eat

  • Inn +359 888 727 687. offers the best in traditional Bulgarian dishes. Situated near the town uder The Rock.
  • Tavern Madonna +359-936-5546. offers the best in traditional Bulgarian cuisine and features many local and regional specialties.
  • Restaurant Skalite +359-898-733-818. standard Bulgarian fare.
  • Restaurant Elite +359-936-4558. standard Bulgarian and European dishes.

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При Иван (At Ivan's)
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Annie Petkova
Ivan is very kind. The kitchen is Serbian (which means a lot of meat) but there is various choice for vegetarians. The Serbian rakia is great. A great new place to eat in Beligradchik.
Distance: 0.73 km
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Distance: 0.33 km
Ресторант Мислен Камък
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Tsvetelin Pavlov
Невероятна гледка, вкусна кухня на ниски цени
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Georgi Petrov
Working hours: 09:00 - 18:00, every day. Entrance fee: 4.00 lv. (№ 15.2 in 100th NTO)
Distance: 0.64 km
Петър Славов
Working hours: 09:00 - 18:00, every day. Entrance fee: 4.00 lv. (№ 15.2 in 100th NTO)
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Виенски Салон Хотел Скалите
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Hristo Marinov
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Караванката
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katya trifonova
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Distance: 0.23 km
Esa Ruoho
Екстра механа, вкусна храна и хубаво наливно вино!
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механа "Мадона"
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