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

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

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[edit]

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. There is no hotel whatsoever in Oreshets. Regular buses and taxi service connect the railway station to Belogradchik. There are no bus or taxi in Oreshets in the evening; you must call or walk round asking someone hoping they can give you a lift to Belogradchik if you need somewhere to stay.

By car[edit]

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

Belogradchik Fortress

Get around[edit]

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

See[edit][add listing]

  • 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 [3]
  • 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.
  • 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.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • 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.

Buy[edit][add listing]

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.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Inn, ++359 888 727 687, [4]; offers the best in traditional Bulgarian dishes. Situated near the town uder The Rock.
  • Tavern Madonna, +359-936-5546, [5]; offers the best in traditional Bulgarian cuisine and features many local and regional specialties.
  • Restaurant Skalite, +359-898-733-818, [6]; standard Bulgarian fare.
  • Restaurant Elite, +359-936-4558; [7]; standard Bulgarian and European dishes.

Drink[edit][add listing]

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.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

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, [1]. 11 beds in 3 rooms and 1 apartment, each with satellite TV and a separate bath, Wi-Fi Internet  edit
  • Hotel Dalia (Hotel Dalia), 1 Saedinenie Bul (Belogradchik), 888 641 528, [2]. 2 apartments and 6 rooms, each with satellite TV and a separate bath, Wi-Fi Internet  edit
  • Hotel-Restaurant Skalite, +359-898-733-818, [8]. 18 beds in 8 rooms, each with separate bath.
  • Hotel-Tavern Madonna, +359-936-5546, [9]. 11 beds in 5 rooms, each with satellite TV and a separate bath.
  • Guest house Near The Oak at Plamen, +359-896-795426, [10]. 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, [11]

Get out[edit]

  • Explore the Magura Cave[12], 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.

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