Nature tourism and sustainable transport mobility in the districts of Vidin, Montana and Vratsa

Route Description

  • Length of the tourist route: 140 km (between start and end point)
  • Duration: 3 days (2 overnight stays)
  • Sequence of travel along the tourist route:
    • Starting point: Vidin
    • Intermediate destinations: Dimovo, Belogradchik, Varshets, Vratsa, Mezdra
    • End point: Sofia
  • Seasonal access: Year-round – except for the winter months, which are not appropriate to visit some natural sites and landmarks

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Spatial orientation

  • Municipalities in Vidin district:

Main sites to visit: Municipalities of Dimovo, Belogradchik

Additional sites and events: Municipalities of Vidin, Novo Selo, Belogradchik, Chuprene

Municipalities in Montana district:

Main sites to visit: Municipality of Varshets

Additional sites and events: Municipalities of Berkovitsa, Varshets, Montana, Lom

  • Municipalities in Vratsa district:

Main sites to visit: Municipalities of Vratsa, Mezdra

Additional sites and events: Municipalities of Vratsa, Mezdra, Byala Slatina, Kozloduy

Explore the natural wealth of the region. The opportunities for practicing personal sustainable transport mobility and various sports activities, will allow you to turn your vacation into an unforgettable experience.

Possible ways of transportation

  • Arriving at the destination:

To Vidin: By car, bus, train. Arriving from Romania – Bridge “New Europe” (Danube Bridge 2) – transport link between Vidin (Bulgaria) and Calafat (Romania)

  • Travel during the stay:
    • Personal car;
    • Public transportation to tourist sites and attractions planned for visit;
    • Possibility to rent a car and use taxi;
    • Sustainable personal mobility of tourists:
      • Eco-trails with different levels of difficulty
      • Cycling routes (incl. along the river Danube, mountain biking)


  • 1st day – municipalities of Dimovo and Belogradchik (Vidin District):

Dimovo municipality: Cave “Venetsa” – near Oreshets village

Belogradchik Municipality: Natural landmark “Belogradchik rocks”; Prehistoric settlement and cave “Magura” – near Rabisha village. Proposed overnight stay in Belogradchik.

  • 2nd dayMunicipality of Varshets (Montana district):

Municipality of Varshets: Natural Park “Vratchanski Balkan”. Opportunities to visit many additional sites and attractions in the district. Proposed overnight stay in Varshets.

  • 3rd day – municipalities of Vratsa and Mezdra (Vratsa District):

Vratsa Municipality: “Ledenika” cave – 16 km from Vratsa; Gorge “Vratsata” and medieval fortress “Vratitsa”

Mezdra Municipality: Natural landmark – Rock formations “Ritlite” – near Lyutibrod village

Additional sites to visit

  • Vidin district:

Vidin municipality, town of Vidin: Medieval castle “Baba Vida” (Fortress “Babini Vidini Kuli”); Ethnographic Museum “Krastata Kazarma”, Museum “Konaka”, Fortress System “Kaleto”; Mosque and library of Osman Pazvantoglu; Mausoleum of Antim I; Cathedral “St. Dimitar Solunski”, Chamber of Vidin Metropolitan; Vidin Synagogue

Belogradchik Municipality: Belogradchik fortress “Kaleto” (including the Ottoman fortification “Suleymanov fort / Latinsko Kale”); Belogradchik – Museum of History; Astronomical Observatory; Museum of Natural History; Art Gallery

  • Montana district:

Municipality of Berkovitsa: Museum and house “Ivan Vazov” – Berkovitza

Municipality Varshets: Historical Museum – Varshet; Klisurski monastery “St. St. Kiril and Metodiy “- 12 km from Varshets

Montana Municipality: Regional History Museum – Montana; Antique town Montana (Fortress “Castra ad Montanezium”); Archaeological exposition Lapidarium

Lom Municipality: Ancient fortress “Almus” – Lom, House of Krastyo Pishurka – Lom.

  • Vratsa district:

Vratsa Municipality: Regional History Museum – Vratsa; National Park of Hristo Botev – at the peak of Okolchitsa

Mezdra Municipality: Archaeological complex “Kaleto” – Mezdra

Kozloduy Municipality: National Museum “Steamship Radetzky” – Kozloduy, Monument of Hristo Botev and his troops and Botev Park – Kozloduy

Additional events to visit

Possibility of combining tourist visits to coincide with the timing of various cultural events

  • Vidin district:

Vidin Municipality: Festival of Arts “Danube Waves” – Vidin (July)

Municipality of Novo Selo: International Folklore Festival “Tupan bie, horo se vie” – Florentin village

Municipality of Chuprene: Tourla Folk Fest “kada kum prase I ti vrechu” – Chuprene village (June)

  • Montana district:

Municipality of Varshets: International Folklore Festival “Colourful Necklace” – Varshets (June)

Municipality of Berkovitsa: International Folklore Festival “Balkan sings and dances” – Berkovitza (September); International Children’s Art Festival “Patent Leather Shoes” – Berkovitza (June)

Municipality of Vulchedrum: National Folk Festival “Pesni i tantsi ot Zlatiyata” – Valchedram (October)

  • Vratsa district:

Vratsa Municipality: International Folklore Festival “Vratsa Spring” – Vratsa (late April – early May)

Mezdra municipality: National Folk Festival “De e bulgarskoto” – Ochin dol village (May)

Byala Slatina municipality: International Carnival Festival “Farshangi” – Bardarski Geran village

Entrance fees for visiting the sites and attractions included in the tourist route

The entrance fee to visit some tourist sites and attractions is in the price range “up to 5 BGN” and “from 5 to 10 BGN”

Other tourist services

Possibility to use a wide variety of additional tourist services along the route:

  • Individual and group guide, mountain guide
  • Rent a car
  • Bicycle rental
  • Rental of sports equipment
  • Practicing cave tourism
  • Visit to wine cellars – an opportunity for tasting and purchasing local wines

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