The road from Sofia to Koprivshtitsa (around 2 hrs drive) follows the southern foothills of the majestic Balkan Mountains providing spectacular views of its snow-capped alpine peaks.
Panoramic pastoral views, coupled with more than numerous colorful Revival-Period houses, make the teeny town of Koprivshtitsa memorable for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike. Traipse along the narrow cobbled streets for a guided look at some of its most inspirational attractions.
We start the walk at the monumental mausoleum, located on Koprivshtitsa’s central square. It was built in memory of those killed during the 1876 April Uprising. Venture along to the stunning home of the local merchant Nencho Oslekov. We will marvel its ornately painted facade and see how a well-off Bulgarian family lived during the 1850s–1900s. We will visit the homes of symbolist poet Dimcho Debelyanov, the Karavelov family, and revolutionary leaders Todor Kableshkov and Georgi Benkovski. The tour also includes a stop at the famous Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church. Sample some of the local organic dishes such as stomna kebap.
- Take this tour of inspiring landscapes and ultimate cultural discovery
Walk among over 250 types of architectural masterpieces dating back from the Bulgarian Renaissance Period and discover how Bulgarian merchants lived during the 19-th century
Be captivated by exceptional natural sights of the Balkan and Sredna Gora Mountains
Fully enjoy the tranquility of the easy-going life of Koprivshtitsa, where horse or donkey-pulled carts are still commonly used for transport
Learn about Koprivshtitsa’s turbulent history during the Ottoman yoke
Enjoy the benefits of a small group tour
The town of Koprivshtitsa is located at 1060 m a.s.l. some 110 km south-east of Sofia. It is a 2-hour transfer along a road, which passes via small valleys and traces the southern foothills of the Balkan Mountains. Probably, the best way to understand the roots of the Bulgarian Renaissance Period, is to learn more about Koprivshitsa’s 19th houses with their colorful courtyards, surrounded with high stone walls and gates. The disorderly built curved and narrow cobblestone little streets and plots and the numerous stone fountains contribute to the attractiveness of the little town. Many of these houses are turned into museums, but each one has its own identity, which correspond to the main business and the size of the family of its owner. Another place of interest is the church “The Assumption of the Virgin” and the “Mausoleum – Ossuary – 20 th April” devoted to those who died during the April Uprising. The walking tour is about 2-hours and you will also have free time for lunch and shopping.
Small group tour, which other people may join (we try to limit the number of participants up to 8, but we also handle larger groups upon request):
Transfer time: 4 hrs in total
Sightseeing time: 2-3 hrs
Tour offered: all year
Prices: 1 pers. -160 Euro; 2 pers. – 85 Euro/pers.; 3 pers. – 60 Euro/pers.; 4-7 pers. – 50 Euro/pers.; 8-12 pers. – 45 Euro/pers.
The price includes: All transportation and parking costs; English speaking guide throughout the tour.
The price does not include: Entrance fees to house-museums in Koprivshtitsa; Meals & drinks, gratuities, other personal expenses
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Koprivshtitsa streets are covered with cobble stones. The tour is not suitable for disabled people. Children between 5 and 12 years old are entitled to a 5 Euro/person discount.