Location: Bulgaria – Vidin
Route type: Hiking
Route length: 32.30km
Near the Bulgarian town of Belogradchik is the main tourist attraction of the area and one of the best preserved medieval fortresses in Bulgaria, the Belogradchik Fortress, an old fortress situated on the northern slopes of the Balkan Mountains. It is a cultural monument of national importance with the walls of the fortress more than 2 meters thick and up to 12 meters in height. The fortress has three separate fortified courtyards connected by gates and a total area of 10,210 square meters. It has been rebuilt in recent years to become a cultural monument.
Belogradchik rocks represent a group of strange sandstone formations and conglomerate formations, situated on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains (Stara Planina), near Belogradchik in northern Bulgaria. The rocks vary according to color, from red to yellow in the first place; some stones reach up to 200 m high. Many rocks have fantastic shapes and are associated with interesting legends. They often bear names of people or objects that are believed to resemble them. The Belogradchik stones have been declared a natural monument by the Bulgarian government and represent a major tourist attraction in the region. They are the only habitat of the endemic Bulgarian Hieracium belogradcense plant, which is endangered.
The cave is situated in northwestern Bulgaria, near the village of Rabisha, 25 km from the town of Belogradchik in the province of Vidin. The prehistoric murals in Magura are very similar to those of Grotta dei Cervi in Italy, which have an exceptional expression and a great artistic depth and are considered to be the most significant works of art in the post-Paleolithic age of Europe. In 1984, the site was induced into the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Baba Vida is a medieval fortress in Vidin in northwestern Bulgaria and the main landmark of the city. It consists of two concentric curtain walls and about nine towers, three of which are preserved at their height in the medieval period, including original tents, and are said to be the only medieval castle fully preserved throughout the country. The construction of the fortification began in the tenth century, instead of the ancient Roman castle Bononia. The Baba Vida building is linked to a legend that a Danubian Bulgarian king who led to Vidin had three daughters: Vida, Kula and Gamza. Prior to his death, he divided his land into the three. Vida, the eldest, was given Vidin and the countries from the north to the Carpathians, Kula was distinguished with Zaječar and the Timok Valley, and Gamza had to lead the countries westwards to Moravia. Although Gamza and Kula married noble men and warriors, Vida remained unmarried and built the city in her own city. The name of the castle means Grandmother Vida.
Project "Green Tourism Products" (Green Tour Pro) ROBG291 is co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund under the Interreg V-A Romania – Bulgaria Programme.
Total eligible value of the project: 498 884.65 euro
Amount of EU contribution: 424 850.04 euro ERDF
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