8. From Varna: Rock Sanctuaries Hiking Tour
The Shumen Plateau is filled with numerous beauties and mystery. Within a day we will try to unravel and enjoy some of them. Rock monasteries in that area, keep many secrets for the life of the monks. There is no exact information about the time these monasteries were created, but some surviving frescoes show that they were the center of spiritual life during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (13th – 14th century). If you desire historical places and nature, then you are in the right place.
We leave from Varna at 9:00 o'clock in the direction of Shumen and in particular - the village of Osmar. We will arrive around 10:00 o'clock and without losing any time we will begin our adventure. There is a dirt road at the end of the village, that we will take. After about 30 minutes, we reach Kostadinov Monastery, where we will take a complete inspection of this beautiful, sacred place.
Once done, we head to the rock phenomenon the Eye, which is the fourth -most powerful energy center of Bulgaria after Rupee, Tsarichina and Madara.
Next in line is the Direclia. To get to this monastery, we have to make a slight detour and return along the path to the Kostadin Monastery. We take the other path until we reach our desired destination. Here we will enjoy not only the cells of the monastery, but also the incredible view that opens in front of us.
After we have charged with another dose of positive energy, we head along a path through the forest to Momina skala. Walking there is easy and very pleasant.
When we are ready, we set off again through the forest to perhaps the most mystical of all the monasteries in the area, namely the Cell. To enter it, it is necessary to climb a wooden ladder, which is fixed at the entrance to the site itself.
For dessert, there is Khankrumovsky monastery - a holy place imbued with mystery and mysticism. After exploring the area in detail, it is time for a short rest, photos and even meditation against the backdrop of the beauties before us.
We rest well, drink a sip of water and head back to the village where we left our cars. We will go on a dirt road, which will take us down to the village of Troitsa.
From there we have about 3 kilometers on the road to the village of Osmar and the place where we parked.
An adventure in which, in one way or another, we were able to touch the lifestyle of the hesychast monks who lived in these magical places. Energized and smiling, we say "See you soon" and look forward to our next challenge.