The Most Stunning Lakes in Bulgaria

Seven Rila Lakes | © borosara / Pixabay
Seven Rila Lakes | © borosara / Pixabay
Photo of Maria Angelova
1 February 2018

There is nothing like a serene panorama over a lake at sunset. If you are in Bulgaria, you can add exciting birdwatching opportunities, cycling routes, or a free open-air spa treatment to this idyllic view. Read on to discover the most stunning lakes in Bulgaria.

Urdini Lakes

The Urdini Lakes are a group of six mid-sized lakes located in the Rila Mountains. They are not a busy tourist attraction like the Seven Rila Lakes because of their location in one of the most inaccessible parts of the mountain. A view from the nearby peaks to them, however, is one of the most amazing sights you will remember from your hiking in Rila.

Urdini Lakes, Rila Mountains, Bulgaria

Tevno Lake

Tevno Lake is one of the most beautiful places in Pirin National Park. There is a mountain chalet on the banks of the lake where tourists can spend the night or have a bite after a long day of hiking (reservations are required). To reach the lake, be prepared to hike for at least four hours. A mountain guide is advisable for inexperienced hikers.

Tevno Lake, Pirin National Park, Bulgaria

Atanasovsko Lake

Atanasovsko Lake is one of the favorite weekend outdoor spa destinations for the inhabitants of Burgas – it is located on the outskirts of the city and features curative mud and lye, both available for everyone for free. After you apply mud on your skin and float in the pink lye pools, you can go straight for a jump in the sea, which is two minutes away. You can get to the lake by bike, by car or walking.

Atanasovsko Lake, Burgas, Bulgaria


Atanasovsko Lake in Burgas | © OSCAR1/Flickr

Pomorie Lake

If you have decided to spend your beach vacation a little farther north, in the seaside town of Pomorie, you have another chance to explore a salt lake and to enjoy an open-air spa with healing mud. Pomorie Lake is in the town itself. It has been a salt-producing town since ancient times and remains such today. You can visit the Salt Museum on the banks of the lake, or take a look at the nearby wildlife center where you can learn about the amazing biodiversity the lake attracts.

Pomorie Lake, Pomorie, Bulgaria

Srebarna Lake

Srebarna Lake spans along the bank of Danube River and is the biggest riverside lake in the country. Srebarna is a biosphere reserve and has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1983 because of its great variety of bird life: more than 200 species of rare or endangered birds live or nestle at the lake annually. There’s a small natural history museum by the lake where you can take a look at the bird life through the live cams installed among the birds’ nests.

Srebarna Lake, Srebarna, Bulgaria

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