Immerse yourself in a multicoloured cultural palette
Relaxing moments are undoubtedly at the heart of any holiday. We also believe that the experience takes on added value when it succeeds in enriching and broadening our perceptions by exploring the cultural features of the destination visited. The surrounding area is dotted with significant sites from Bulgaria's rich cultural and historical heritage. The camping is a perfect starting point for many interesting short and day excursion destinations during your summer or winter holiday in Sapareva Banya. Particularly popular are the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the St. Ivan Rilski Monastery and the St. st. Nicholas Pantaleimon Boyana Church.
The locality has so much to show you. To make it easy for you we provide a list of our favourite heritage sites within a radius of about 70km.
SAPAREVA BANYA & THE GEYSER
The town is famous for its rich cultural and historical heritage and is distinguished by its hot mineral springs and their healing properties. The region has been inhabited since ancient times. The oldest known name of the town is Germanea, which means "hot water" in the Thracian language. It is here that the hottest geyser in mainland Europe springs – the symbol and pride of the city, featuring a stunning temperature of 103°C.
ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH
The St. Nicholas Church was built in the XII-XIII centuries and is located in the central town park of Sapareva Banya. It is distinguished by its architecture – a cruciform church of the free cross-type, with a large semicircular apse. The building has been declared an architectural and structural monument of culture of national importance. It is one of the few surviving and well-preserved medieval monuments in Western Bulgaria.
“ST. STEFAN’ SAPAREVA BANYA MONASTERY
The monastery is situated on the banks of the Dzherman River, near Sapareva Banya. The "St. Stefan" Monastery of Sapareva Banya was founded in the Second Bulgarian State and during the Turkish occupation it was burned several times. Today it is active, and is a complex of a church, residential buildings and a chapel. The area around the monastery is very beautiful and is a wonderful place for a short walk.
RESILOVO MONASTERY "POKROV BOGORODICHEN (Mantle of the Mother of God)"
The Monastery "The Mantle of the Mother of God" is located in the northwestern foothills of the Rila Mountain, about 1.5 km from the village of Resilovo and only a few kilometers from Sapareva Banya. A visit to the monastery can be combined with a walk to the charming Ovcharen waterfall. The temple is a permanent women's convent and is a complex of a church, residential and outbuildings.
MUSEUM COMPLEX "TSARI MALI GRAD"
Tsari Mali Grad is a museum complex in the village of Belchin and consists of: the medieval church of St. Petka, a museum under it and an ancient fortress. There are two periods of the fortress construction – the Thracians (7th-6th c. BC) and the Romans. The site has been declared a monument of national importance and is a great destination for a half-day walk from the camping. Behind the fortress is a children's playground with play equipment, there is the possibility to go horse riding or just relax.
SAMOKOV & VILLAGE OF GOVEDARTSI
Samokov and the nearby village of Govedartsi have a lot to offer culturally. In town you can explore the historical museum, which is part of the 100 national tourist sites. We also recommend you to see the Mantle of the Mother of God Maiden Monastery and the beautiful Chadar Fountain. On the territory of the village of Govedartsi there are remains of an ancient settlement dating back to the Roman Empire. In the surroundings there are monasteries, chapels and churches. In August the village hosts the unique festival of herbs "Gift of Nature".
PAUTALIA FORTRESS & KYUSTENDIL
Putalia is a late antique and medieval fortress built in the late 4th -early 5th century. It is located on the hill "Hisarlaka", rising 2 km from the city of Kyustendil. It is declared an architectural and construction monument of culture with "national importance". Pautalia was one of the major ancient Roman cities in the province of Thrace. The fortress has been restored and offers magnificent views of the city. You can combine it with a visit to the art gallery "Vladimir Dimitrov-Maystora" in Kyustendil or the unique cherry festival, held annually at the end of June.
“ST. ST. NICHOLAS AND PANTELEIMON” BOYANA CHURCH
The “St. St. Nicholas and Panteleimon" Church is located at the foot of Vitosha, in the Boyana neigbourhood of Sofia. It is one of the few medieval monuments of Christian art preserved to date. The building was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979 and owes its fame mainly to the frescoes from 1259, which reflect the outstanding achievements of Bulgarian medieval culture. Each of the more than 240 recreated images is distinguished by its individuality and high artistic value.
“ST. IVAN RILSKI” MONASTERY
“St. Ivan Rilski” Rila Monastery is one of the symbols of Bulgaria, included in 1983 in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Located at 1147m altitude in the heart of Rila, Southwestern Bulgaria. The monastery is believed to have been founded by the hermit Ivan of Rila in the 10th century, during the reign of Tsar Peter (927-968). Later it became the cultural and spiritual centre of the whole Bulgarian state. Today it is an active male monastery turned into a museum, with all the cultural treasures preserved over the centuries free for visitors.