We start our trip from Sofia at 9.00 o’clock in the morning in direction the town of Radomir. The town of Radomir is situated in Pernik District ( South-West Bulgaria ) at the west foot of the Golo bardo mountain, some 13 km away from the town of Pernik .
In an hour is our first stop near Pchelina Dam (Lobosh in the past), 68 km from Sofia. Pchelina Dam is one of the largest in Southwestern Bulgaria. It was built in the 1970s. The Struma and Svetla rivers flow into Pchelina. It hides the sunken village of Pchelintsi under its surface. … under today’s Pchelina Dam. It was sunken in the 70s of last century in order for the dam to be constructed.
St. Ioan Letni Chapel on Pchelina Dam is one of many abandoned chapels in Bulgaria. It was built in 1350year 14th century. To reach the Chapel we will take a walk on a dirt road for 30 min or about 1.5 km.
This small whitewashed Orthodox church is perched on top of rocky hill overlooking Pchelina Dam.
The view from above standing on the top of the cliff is marvelous and breathtaking. By wish some of you could light a small candle inside the Chapel. In 30 minutes we head our trip to next Orthodox monument from Bulgarian history The Zemen Monastery. The distance between Pchelina Dam and town of Zemen is 14km. The Zemen Monastery “Saint John the Evangelist “is one kilometer away from the town of Zemen.
We arrive around 11.30 at the gate of the Monastery. At first it was thought the monastery was built between the 9th and 10th centuries, but when earlier frescoes and other decorative elements were discovered, archeologists realized it had been founded sometime during The First Bulgarian Empire (681-1018 CE).
In the monastery’s yard is located the oldest and the only one cubic church in Bulgaria.
There is legend about how the church was built: master builder and his student decided to built simultaneously two churches to see which one will be perfect and do not visit each other before the end. The master was very curious he could not wait to see what his student’s work.
One day he sneaked in distance to see what’s going on. His student’s church was so simple so beautiful
So the master was staring at it and could not believe his student was built such a marvelous church.
He went back to his and destroyed it at once. Interesting story isn’t it?
There is local guide who could tell us more stories and we are going to translate them for you.
If our trip is in the weekend we can have lunch in the monastery arranged in advance with traditional Bulgarian soups and barbeque at 12.30
In a week days we can have lunch in a very nice and curious pub named “Kalenata pivnitza”(pub of mud, all its walls covered with mud with straw), 12.45-13.00 o’clock.
No matter where is our lunch we will take our time because there is only one stop right after.
We head our trip to last destination at 14.30. It is 42km direction to city of Kjustendil.
The Shegava’s river canyon. Shegava is a deep canyon in the Konyavo Mountains at the beginning of Zemen gorge, near Razhdavitsa village.
For this adventure good shoes are necessary and of course exploratory spirit. The canyon is about 200 meters deep and quite narrow – at certain places its width is only 1-2 meters. Over time nature has formed amazing rock formations more than 100 meters high. The entrances of several caves can be seen on the rocky left slope. The canyon itself is very picturesque and beautiful.
Our adventure finish 18:30 in Sofia.
Price: from 25€ per person;
- 3 – 4 people – 45€ per person;
- 5 – 6 people – 35€ per person;
- 7 – 8 people – 25€ per person;