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7 Mountainous Retreats to Escape to in Bulgaria

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Updated: 30 July 2017
Still a relatively off-the-radar destination, Bulgaria is a place full of surprises. While a few main attractions and resorts may be familiar, there’s also a number of hidden gems suited to those on a quest for tranquility. Venture high into the mountains, start the day with a bird song and pamper yourself with holistic spa treatments – here’s where to go.

Trinity Retreat House

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Trinity Retreat House is a place where body, mind and soul connect and reunite. Located in the small town of Apriltsi, at the foot of the highest parts of the Stara Planina (Balkan) Mountain, this place will make you feel revitalized, from the amazing mountain views to the yoga practices on offer. Relax in the aroma sauna after a long walk in the forest and try the delicious Bulgarian food, prepared by the hosts using local ingredients. You can come on a personal yoga journey or join a group retreat.

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Cosy, Countryside, Unusual

Bakyovo Retreat Center

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This cozy yoga house is located just 40 km from Sofia, nestled on the Eleshnitsa river bank in a tiny village with less than 10 inhabitants. The surrounding mountains and the chatter of the river create a serene environment to soothe and calm guests. The house sleeps up to 15 people and the yoga practice takes place in the hall with panoramic windows or, weather permitting, outside in the yard. A jacuzzi, outdoor pool and sauna are available too. Check Bakyovo Retreat Center’s events calendar for the next yoga retreat or contact them directly, all instructors speak English.

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Cosy, Countryside, Relaxed

Omaya Eco Village

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Omaya Eco Village is a one of a kind place in Bulgaria where urbanites can find peace and a close connection with nature. The complex comprises a few houses built using different natural materials such as wood, stone and clay, but with all modern conveniences inside, as well as a pool in one of the corners of the woods. The houses are relatively far apart from each other so guests have privacy, surrounded by the beautiful forest. A few lakes add to the magical atmosphere of the eco-complex.

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Countryside, Relaxed, Cosy, Eco friendly

Stara Planina Meditation Center

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Stara Planina Meditation Center is located at the foot of Stara Planina (Balkan) Mountains, in a small village called Vetrintsi in central Bulgaria. Whatever holistic healing therapy you need, you will find it here – art and music therapy, Bowen, Reiki, Massage, Tachyon, Bio Energy and Reflexology. There’s also a variety of options when it comes to reconnecting with nature – walking and hiking opportunities, secluded river beaches, in addition to a vast green space in the patio of the meditation center.

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Boutique, Countryside, Relaxed

Melanya Mountain Retreat

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The Rhodope Mountains are a favorite among Bulgarians and once you visit them, you’ll understand why. Melania Mountain Retreat is located in the heart of the wild landscapes of Lyubino village, three hours driving from the city of Plovdiv. Here you’ll find not only find the perfect setting to reinvigorate your body and soul, but also an endless supply of mountain walks plus the option to visit a beach, grab a bike or a kayak and explore the area at your own pace. You can request your kitchen to be supplied with local organic produce, or even ask for meals to be cooked for you (homemade bread, anyone?).

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Countryside, Eco friendly, Boutique

Malina Villas

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Malina Villas (meaning Raspberry Villas) are cozy wooden houses situated just 150 m from the ski slopes of Pamporovo ski resort. All villas have a homey feeling; with a spacious living room, two bedrooms (for four people maximum to share) and a veranda where you can sip your morning coffee overlooking the pine woods. There is a grill barbecue located close to every villa, for cooking dinner. Malina Residence is another property of the chain situated nearby, with a more decadent hotel atmosphere. Both the villas and the residence are available throughout the year. Early bookings are a good idea as the place is very popular.

Malina Villas, Pamporovo, Bulgaria

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Cosy, Ski, Traditional

The Wild Farm

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The Wild Farm is the place to head to if you crave adventures in the Rhodope Mountains. You’ll find yourself in the middle of a mountain range bursting with life – one of the few vulture colonies live nearby, you can see semi-wild horses or go kayaking in the beautiful Arda River. You can spend your time relaxing, surrounded by amazing nature, or dive into it. Join a bird-watching tour or extract gold nuggets from the Arda River by sieving gold-bearing sand using the old-fashioned bowl method. This is also one of the best places to try traditional Rhodope cuisine and learn how to cook it.

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Eco friendly, Countryside, Relaxed, Traditional, Adventure