History & General Information
Melnik is widely known for its breath-taking Melnik pyramids that rank among the most remarkable natural phenomena in Bulgaria. Over an area of about 17 sq. km. millennia-long erosion has created a truly unearthly world. It is up to the visitor’s imagination to distinguish obelisks, ancient towers, pyramids, and giant mushrooms among the various forms of erosion. And while the sand-like rocks seem quite fragile at first sight, this natural phenomenon has proven extremely resistant to wind and water and has survived intact for ages now. What is even more intriguing is the practical use of a number of these pyramids around for nothing else but wine cellars!
Tour Duration: 7 – 8 hours
Tour Dates: Every day (private trip)
Starting Point: Sofia
After breakfast, at around 9 o’clock, our driver will meet you at the Reception desk of your hotel in Sofia for a pleasant and comfortable 4 hours drive to Melnik.
The town of Melnik is the smallest town in Bulgaria with just 230 permanent residents. It lies in the southwestern slopes of the Pirin mountain and 190 km to the south of Sofia. The town, together with the neighbouring Rozhen monastery is declared a cultural and historic reserve.
Apart from the unique natural surroundings, the town also boasts for the fascinating architecture of its old Melnik houses, most of which were built during the Bulgarian Renaissance to testify for the grandeur and richness of the commercial hub with 25,000 inhabitants, which Melnik once used to be. Some of these are the famous Kordopoulov’s House with its impressive wall paintings and huge private cellar and the Boyar House, the latter being the oldest house in Bulgaria.
At lunchtime or after the walk in Melnik, you will have free time for lunch in one of the famous Melnik taverns with specialties from the Bulgarian national cuisine. Tasting the famous Melnik red wine is a must!
The ruins of the St Nicholas monastery (12th century), Slav’s fortress (13-14th century), the Roman bridge and the old Turkish bath are other places of interest there. Moreover, some 7km away from the town, up in the Pirin mountain, one can ride to one of the largest and most beautiful monasteries in Bulgaria – the Rozhen monastery.
After visiting the Rozhen monastery we’ll drive back to Sofia and arrive at the hotel at around 18:00
Vehicle & Price Options
- CAR89€max. 3 pax
- MINIVAN119€max. 5 pax
- MINIBUS129€max. 8 pax
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Rates per vehicle, including:
- - Transportation with comfortable vehicle
- - Professional English speaking driver
- - Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- - Road taxes
- - Petrol cost
- - Parking fees
- - Insurance
- - 24/7 support