Accommodation in Rila
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Rila Vacation Packages
Sofia, Bulgaria's capital, lies 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Rila.
The Rila Monastery must be number one on your list if you are interested in religious sanctuaries.
Don't go back home without touring the American University in Bulgaria and Church Vavedenie Bogorodichno, in Blagoevgrad, just 10 miles (16 kilometers) to the southwest.
If you're visiting Rila, you should consider heading to Samokov, 20 miles (32 kilometers) away. Here, you'll discover many attractions, such as the Musala Peak, Borovets Ski Resort and Malyovitsa Ski Resort. If you've still got time to burn, the Tsarska Bistritsa and Sarafska Kâshta Museum are also close by.
Regional fare is often a vital aspect of any culture, and a tasty way of getting a feel for an area.
Explore the unique taste of authentic ingredients, such as kiselo mlyako (yoghurt) and kashkaval (yellow cheese).
Taste a few of the popular dishes here, such as shkembe chorba (tripe soup) or tarator (cold soup).
For a delicious dessert, or even a secret afternoon bite, order mliako s oriz (rice pudding), a popular sweet treat.
The local experience is not complete without grabbing a zagorka, a local beer.
There are a number of drink choices on offer here that are suited to those who are looking for something non-alcoholic. Mineral water is popular with locals and tourists alike.
Learning a new language will enhance your traveling adventures. Take the chance to memorize some basic terms in Bulgarian before you visit the area. For instance, "Iskate li da tancuvame?", which translates into "Would you like to dance with me?", can be heard spoken from time to time. Add "Otkãde si" ("Where are you from?") to your notebook and increase your ability to converse.
If you love festivities and you're touring the area close to the 3rd of March, look into the nationwide celebration of Liberation Day.
When you are ready to say, "Doviždane," you will leave with some great memories and perhaps some souvenirs to take home.
The nearest major airport to Rila is Sofia Airport, situated 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the north.
Packages in Rila
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