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From Sofia: Belogradchik Rocks Full-Day Tour

1. From Sofia: Belogradchik Rocks Full-Day Tour

Take a day trip to the northwestern corner of Bulgaria to see the Belogradchik rocks, located in the Balkan Mountains. You will drive 2.5 to 3 hours from Sofia until you reach this area. The rocks are grouped in various formations and are made up of primarily sandstone. In 2009, they were nominated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Many rocks have fantastic shapes and are associated with interesting legends. They are often named for people or objects they are thought to resemble, and on your tour, your guide might share some of these stories while pointing out the specific rocks and their names. The Belogradchik Rocks have also been declared a Natural Landmark by the Bulgarian government and are a major tourist attraction in the region. At the top of a hill near to some of the rocks is also a medieval fortress, known as the Belogradchik Fortress, built when the region was part of the Roman Empire. You will have the opportunity to visit the fortress and behold its well-preserved and menacing facade. Later, you will also be taken to the nearby Veneca cave, an incredibly beautiful cave with modern colorful lights. All entrance fees are included in the price and there will be time to stop for an optional lunch, which is not included.

Belogradchik Rocks and Fortress from Sofia

2. Belogradchik Rocks and Fortress from Sofia

The Belogradchik massif is a group of strange shaped sandstone and conglomerate rock formations, located on the slopes of the western Balkan Mountains. The rocks vary in color from primarily red to yellow and some of the rocks reach up to 200 meters in height. Many of the rocks represent fantastic shapes and are associated with interesting legends. They are often named after people or objects they are thought to resemble. The Belogradchik Rocks have been declared a Nature Landmark by the Bulgarian government and are a major tourist attraction in the region. Belogradchik Fortress is situated at a distance of 1.5 kilometers from the town of Belogradchik among the renowned rocks. It is a fortress that existed since the Roman times. In 1st – 3rd century AD the Romans built roads across the new provinces of the empire on the Balkan peninsula, as well as some fortresses to guard them. The mission of Belogradchik Fortress was to control the road from the town of Ratsiaria (nearby today’s village of Archar, in the region of Vidin). The Romans constructed the highest part of the fortress, called The Citadel. This one day tour allows you to witness one of the natural wonders of Europe and learn more about the history and culture of the picturesque Northwest of Bulgaria! The tour starts from your hotel. After a 3 hour transfer you will reach the town of Belogradchik. The tour of the town, along with the fortress and the amazing rock formations takes about 3 hours. Afterwards enjoy a transfer back to Sofia. The tour ends at your hotel.

From Sofia: Bizarre Belogradchik Rocks & Fortress Day Trip

3. From Sofia: Bizarre Belogradchik Rocks & Fortress Day Trip

The western slopes of the Balkan Mountains in Bulgaria are home to a bizarre rock formation which has fascinated and intrigued both locals and visitors alike for thousands of years. Often reaching several hundred meters in height, they vary in shade, as do the many legends which surround them. What makes the place even more interesting is the location of a fortress set within the rock formation.  The Belogradchik Rocks form a 3 kilometer wide and 30 kilometer long strip, and the rock formations reach some 200 meters in height. They were formed at the bottom of a sea as the product of compression some 230 million years ago and then through erosion over the last 45 million years. The rocks, made largely of limestone, also hold hundreds of caves. Each one comes with a story and each rock formation bears a name such as Adam and Eve, the Schoolgirl, the Bear, the Shepherd boy, the Dervish, the First Slabstone, the Camel, the Mushrooms, the Cuckoo, the Red Wall, the Madonna, the Horseman, the Monks, the Mental Stone, Rebel Velko, the Pine Stone and so on. Your trip will start in the morning from your hotel. Your professional guide will pick you up and later drop you off by car and in the afternoon.  

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What people are saying about Vidin

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 63 reviews

Venzislav is an excellent guide. I don't know where to start. I was picked up on time and travelled in a very comfortable and clean bus. He is also an excellent driver which made me feel safe and comfortable. The day when I subscribed I was the only guest. I think many companies would refuse a single guest. However he accepted and treated a single guest with unbelievable friendliness, thoughtfulness and kindness. We were very lucky and had an excellent weather- 17oC and blue sky - so unussual for january. Venzislav has an excellent knowledge of Bulgarian history and the time spend together was very informative and made me learn so much. The road to the Rocks was unbelievably beautiful. I recommend the trip because such formations in combination with history are rare. I am a world traveler from Chicago, US and this is one of the most impressive trips I have made. The combination of Roman and Byzantine history, the beauty of nature in combination with an excellent company is a must do.

A great day-trip! Maria, our guide, took great care of us. On the way to Belogradchik, she talked about the fortress and its history but also about Bulgarian culture. Along the way, she stopped and got us a nice treat of fresh raspberries from a local person selling by the road. Belogradchik Fortress is not only impressive but unique. Red rocky fingers of iron-ladden rock project upwards from the top of a hill where Romans began the fortress. Around that, are the remains from when it was expanded in medieval times. Then finally it is framed by stone walls erected during the Ottoman occupation. The view from the summit was breathtaking. On the way back, we stopped for a delightful lunch at a cafe in Montana. In summary, it was a fantastic trip. Maria was professional, knowledgeable and just good fun. I greatly recommend the tour, Maria, Zelanos and Get Your Guide.

We had the most amazing time. This tour is a must! The rocks are so beautiful. You don't have to be a good hiker to do it. The car ride is worth it. And after seeing the castle they bring you to an hidden space with a beautiful view. I reconment this so much. Our tour guide was really chill and had so many good stories/info!

The tour was great, the guide Tzveto is a friendly person and he explained very good a lot about the history about the place and about Bulgaria as well. The Rock formations are just amazing, impressive and breathtaking, i will recommend everyone to visit Belogradchik.

Very amiable guide and safe driver, excellent experience and very informative and interesting historical facts about the Belogradchik fortress/rock formation and the Venica caves