The weekends are for walks in nature and exploring new places, and this is all the more true for the summer season. Long days are the perfect time to indulge in mountain excursions, picnics or conquer eco-paths and go sightseeing.
The team of Lost in Plovdiv took a walk around the city and found 3 places you can reach quickly and easily, but are definitely worth it to take the time on your day off.
We start with perhaps the most well-known and preferred destination of the citizens of Plovdiv when they are looking for coolness on the hot summer days - the area of eco hotel Zdravets, where the possibilities for fun for countless. Eco Hotel ZDRAVETS is also one of the few destinations that offer a mix of extremely different forms of tourism, and at any time of the year - ski area with modern equipped wardrobe and ski school, recreation and spa center, hunting outings, horseback riding in the mountains, an adventure park, a football field, a tennis court and a lot of more fun. For children, there is a spacious playground with inflatable trampoline as well as a mini-golf course available in the courtyard of the complex. The lawns around are turned into a pleasant relaxation area with stretched hammocks under the shade of centuries-old trees, and they offer complete rest not only to the body but also to the senses. In the restaurant and tavern, you will try not only the best of the Bulgarian culinary traditions, but you will also enjoy real homemade food from the farm and dairy of the hotel. Because in Zdravets they not only create delicious and fresh food, but they also work with responsibility for the health of their guests, using domestic products of their own production. The picnic in the meadows, covered with herbs and a scent of greenery, is also a guarantee for a pleasant time spent with family and friends.
Our second suggestion is right on the way to Pamporovo and you have often passed it without knowing that you missed some incredible views. Slivodolsko padalo is one of the highest waterfalls in the Rhodope Mountains and the trail starts right after the first tunnel after Bachkovo on the Asenovgrad - Smolyan road, opposite the fishpond. The walk along the trail is relatively light and pleasant as it runs along a river and through the forest. It takes a maximum of an hour to go up. The road is marked and maintained. The waterfall is 50 meters tall and isn’t of the powerful ones with high waters, and its stream is narrow. The waters of the Slivodolsko padalo fall vertically from very high rocks with a reddish hue, from where the name of the place - the Red Wall Reserve – probably comes. Just right in front of the waterfall is a wooden bench with a panoramic view of the Red Rock and the falling waters.
Our third route takes us to a village which acquired tourist popularity along with the ancient Thracian tombs and temples, which are found near it. The village of Starosel is located in the central part of the municipality of Hissar, under the southern slopes of Sashtinska Sredna Gora.
Archaeological findings in its area testify to ancient settlements of 7 to 8 millennia ago. In the 5th century BC, there was an ancient Thracian settlement with powerful tribal leaders and rich local aristocracy. The settlement existed during the Second Bulgarian State. The tomb under Chetinyova mound near Starosel is the largest similar structure in Thrace and the region, built in the middle of the 4th century BCfor a Thracian ruler. It is part, along with other tombs in the vicinity, from a mound necropolis, located on the southern slopes of Sredna Gora. The monument is open to visitors and is among the 100 National Tourist Sites. It impresses with the imposing fence of stone blocks that surrounds the entire mound. In the southeast, there is an impressive entrance, from which a monumental staircase leading to a playground begins. To the left and to the right of the site start two stairways, beginning and ending the alley that had been surrounding the mound.
Each of the three destinations offers something for everyone - adventure and good food, a walk in nature, and a journey back in time and history. It's only up to you where you prefer to spend the weekend, so we challenge you to tighten your backpacks and enjoy the summer