Stob Pyramids (Стобски пирамиди) or Stobski Pyramids are probably the most distinctive and lesser identified and crowded sights in Bulgaria. It is situated about an hour and half from Sofia and 45 minutes from the city of Blagoevgrad. It is true on the way in which to probably the most visited attraction in Bulgaria- The Rila Monastery and is totally definitely worth the sidetrack for a fast leg stretch if you’re within the space or planning a go to to the monastery.
We recommend you do put the Stob Pyramids in your GPS as a remaining vacation spot however when you enter the village of Stob to show it off and observe the indicators. If you select to observe the GPS one can find your self in an space from the place you’ll overlook the pyramids from a distance however will be unable to do the hike for a greater and nearer view of the distinctive sand formations. See bellow:
This is a good choice if you’re seeking to consumption a picturesque surroundings with out the trouble of mountaineering, breathe contemporary mountain air and possibly take pleasure in a picnic with a view when you have picked one thing alongside the way in which or packed a scrumptious meal in your picnic basket.
However if you’re in search of a superb exercise and a few coronary heart pumping, observe the indicators to the doorway to the path for the pyramids. The parking zone is loads massive and it is possible for you to to discover a spot with no downside. The highway resulting in it’s comparatively nicely paved with a number of velocity bumps alongside the way in which and few potholes however that won’t be something you have not already encountered in some unspecified time in the future whereas driving within the nation.
Although many of the hikes in Bulgaria are free right here you can be requested to pay the small quantity of two levas (youngsters are free) or 1 leva if you’re a pupil. The girl on the small sales space in the beginning of the path will gather your cash and that is the spot the place you can too buy a memento if you’ll prefer to take one thing residence to remind you of this lovely spot.
The first a part of the path is comparatively simple. Just observe the cleared vast highway that weave by the forest. There are a number of benches alongside the way in which the place guests can sit for somewhat breather whereas having fun with the views surrounding them. Make certain to carry numerous water alongside for the hike. It does take one to 2 hours to finish the entire trek and there may be not a whole lot of shade alongside the way in which the place you possibly can conceal from the rays particularly on a sizzling summer time day. In case of climate and rain there’s a shelter about half manner the place you possibly can conceal and wait it out if want be.
You will see somewhat path going into the woods to your left whereas on the principle highway. If you select to take it one can find this little church right here. If that is one thing that pursuits you, be certain that to take the detour and test it out. If it is not your factor simply observe the principle path and proceed as much as the place the earth pyramids are discovered.
You will know you’ve gotten reached the second a part of the path when you begin climbing straight up and are available out of the woods to the open. Make certain to make frequent stops and switch round to gaze on the lovely views behind you. I personally love the way in which again from the highest of the pyramids for the reason that complete manner down you’ve gotten the prospect to be wanting on the lovely valley and the mountains within the distance.
If you’ve gotten youngsters and pets with you be certain that to maintain them shut by when you enter the second a part of the path. There is barely any railing and in direction of the final part there may be really none. As thrilling and adventurous this path is it is usually extraordinarily harmful and a fall down the ravine won’t be enjoyable. The final part of the path is probably the most harmful. It is basically a small slender path with nothing however the cliff on each side so we don’t advocate trying this half with youngsters in any respect. If you might be cautious and prepared to threat it all of the views from the highest are undoubtedly price it.
The locals have given these rock formations many various names from tent rocks to fairy chimneys to the perfect identified naming for them – earth pyramids. Most of the formations seem like mushrooms. They sometimes encompass comparatively gentle rock topped by a more durable, much less simply eroded stone (on this case right here – a flat onerous stones) all of them with the only objective of defending the column from the weather and all created by nature itself.
The tallest rock formation right here is as tall as 40 toes and over 200 toes vast on the backside, however just about all of them are totally different sizes. They consist principally of aleurolite, clay and sandstone and their colours are similar to the colours of the pyramids on the Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah USA. It is believed that there was a shallow lake right here that accrued numerous segments and a whole lot of clay. The erosion and rainfall than performed a giant roll by eroding the facet of the mountain and creating the ultimate outcome – this little canyon.
The manner again from right here is just about all downhill with the added bonus of lovely views all the way in which down. If you’ve gotten time be certain that to sit down again and benefit from the vistas. Wildflowers are considerable right here by the path, bunnies run freely about and also you may be fortunate sufficient to see a herd of sheep and goats grazing by within the distance.
If you have labored out an urge for food after the hike there are a number of small eating places on the town the place you possibly can seize a chunk to eat. If you might be in search of one thing extra particular popping out of the ton of Stob and heading within the course of the Rila Monastery one can find few very nice riverside “mehanas” that provide conventional bulgarian meals and freshly caught fish made to your liking.
If you visited the Stob Pyramids early within the morning and there may be nonetheless time within the day be certain that to take a look at Bulgaria’s most visited attraction – Rila Monastery. If there is not sufficient daylight left however you’ll nonetheless prefer to discover the Church there may be the choice of spending the night time there nonetheless the one strategy to test if there are rooms obtainable is in case you name and ask in Bulgarian (as they don’ t communicate English) or in case you go to the Monastery and ask in individual. Either manner the difficulty is unquestionably price it because the one of many largest and most well-known Orthodox Monasteries on this planet.
If the Monastery is not one thing you may be within the city of Blagoevgrad is a brief simple drive from Stob Pyramids and has lots to supply. You will discover many sights, eating places, bars, nightlife and purchasing. We extremely advocate a cease there as that is considered one of our favourite spots to kill a day whereas in Bulgaria.
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