Children’s ecological park

Koprivshtica is an attractive town for children. In the very center of the town, near the museum-house of Luben Karavelov, the children will find an amazing place for entertainment.
The biodiversity of the Srednogorie region is presented with interactive boards: calendar of the time, the water cycle in nature, guess the footprints, edible and poisonous mushrooms, wild animals, plants, medical herbs and others.
In the children’s ecological park green schools and lessons on the environment in the open air are held.

The Path of Health

The path of health is built in the close surroundings of Koprivshtica, on the “Voyvodenets” meadows where the national folk festival takes place every five years. The route to the path is well marked and you may reach the starting point either on foot or by car.
Sport facilities with instructions for their use are mounted in the freshness of a young pine forest, on St. Dimitar site. If you so desire you may hire a sport animator from the “Bogdan” visitation center.

Photo tourism

Animal world in the surrounding of Koprivshtica

Different species of wild animals live in the picturesque surroundings of Koprivshtica. The animal world of the Srednogorie region is represented by deer, partridges, wild cats etc.
The land of Koprivshtica is inhabited by different protected species including the rare imperial eagle (in danger of extinction), owl, cuckoo, wood-pigeon, woodpecker, otter, brown bear, salamander, grass snake, marten, badger, kite and many others.
In Topolnitsa river you may fish trout, barbell, gudgeon and chub.

Plant life in the surroundings of Koprivshtica

Plant life is represented mainly by broad-leaved and coniferous trees which occupy 60 % of the total territory of Koprivshtica land. You may see natural trees as beech, hornbeam, durmast, aspen, osier, flowering-ash etc. The beech forests give the forest its predominant appearance. The beech forests in the maintained preserve “ Bogdan” and the preserved site “Barikadite” are one century old. The weeping beech called the “crooked tree” is 200 years old and has been declared a natural landmark. The oak tree in the preserved site “Kaleto – Smilovene” is also a natural miracle.
The higher sites around the town are afforested with coniferous trees including white pine, spruce, black pin, fir etc.
Many of the herbaceous plants have healing properties and 78 plant speciments are protected.
Medical herbs used in the pharmacology are milfoil, rose hips, hazelbush, hawthorn, wild geranium, hellebore, tutsan, cowslip, mountain ash,coltsfoot and others.
Various kinds of edible mushrooms including the parasol mushroom, field mushroom, edible boletus, puff-ball etc grow in Koprivshtica region.
Fragrant and delicious wild fruit as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are in abundance in the close and more distant surroundings of the town.

Hike Routes

With a rucksack on the trails of the beautiful Sredna Gora

Eleven marked walking trails, with built shelters on some of them, are a perfect opportunity for fans of nature. The trails are around 3-4 hours each with different levels of difficulty. The starting point for all trails is the “Bogdan” tourist center, where you may get all relevant information, buy a tourist map or hire a mountain guide.
The surroundings of the town are safe, but walking in groups is preferable. Meeting sheep flocks is very probable pastoral happening, but you should be careful with their guards – the sheep dogs.

1.Climb the highest peak of Sredna Gora

Koprivshtica – Bogdan peak – Koprivshtica

Follow “H. Nencho Palaveev” Blvd. southwards, then go round the dairy on the left side along the dirt road, going against the stream of Topolnitsa river and continue south-east. Once you reach Gatsova fountain (small shelter) turn left. Cross Kriva River and climb a forest path, which leads to Plachkov spring (shelter). Upwards, a century old beech forest leads to the peak. This is the maintained preserve Bogdan. Here is the historical landscape Detelinova Gramada. The itinerary continues to Bogdan peak – the highest peak in the Sredna Gora mountains ( 1604 m.), one of the 100 national tourist sites. Keeping the same direction you reach an open area with a unique view of the Stara Planina (Botev and Vezhen peaks), Rila, Pirin, Vitosha and the Thracian plain. The chalets Srednogorets and Chivira are an hour walk. When turning left you go round the entire preserve and you reach Plachkov spring again. Following the same path you come back into the town of Koprivshtica.

2.In the heart of the Sredna Gora

Koprivshtica – Sopolivi kamani – Stramonos peak – Koprivshtica

The itinerary follows the asphalt road to the south in the direction of Strelcha. After the Avrelian monument (5 km. to the town), the road curves to the southwest towards the Sopolivite kamani site. Then westwards, through an open area and beech forest (Boev Shamak) you reach Cherniovi bachii site. To the right of the peak, through a pine forest, you go to the Shamatsite col and afterwards you reach the Chemerikite site. Stramonos peak is a 10 minute walk from there. To the north rises Bunaya peak (the second highest peak in Sredna Gora – 1572 m.) On the way back, cross Cherniovi bachii site (small shelter) and Boev shamak for about an hour you reach the Crooked tree – a 200 year old weeping beech, declared a natural landscape. Following the asphalt road you go back to koprivshtica (7km.)

3.With the blessing of the Christian Saints

Koprivshtica – chapel St. Spas – St. Ilia peak – Chumina – Biloto – St. Atanas peak – Koprivshtica

Follow the boulevard in the direction of Strelcha. Go round the dairy and along a steep dirt road, eastwards from a factory, you reach the chapel of St. Spas. Acart road leads to St. ili peak. Trough an open area and pine forest you reach Chuminska reka (small shelter). From there crossing the Biloto ridge you reach Vodopoya site (shelter) where the view over the peaks Bogdan and Bunaya, the Central Balkans and the town of Koprivshtica is indescribable. Southwards, trough a pine forest, following a steep path, crossing St. Atanas peak and Arnaout quarter, you go back to Koprivshtica town.

4.On the ancient way to Plovdiv – Koprivshtica – Kemera – Kaso Bardo – Mede dere – Koprivshtica

Go in the direction of Strelcha. After 4 km. turn eastwards towards Barikadite site. 2 km away (200 m after Bobeva fountain – shelter) the road turns right, continues through a beech forest, where small waterfalls of Baziovo dere are murmuring. On the way southwards, pavement stones may still be found. Here was the ancient road to Plovdiv. The road leads to a pretty glade – Kemera area an Mede dere. Here you may see remains of an old stone bridge. Continue though a century old beech forest, you descend again to Mede dere. Cross the mountain stream twice and after about an hour you reach Hadzhi Valchova fountain. Cross a wooden bridge of Mede dere northwards and followinf the asphalt road passing ext monument the Shestnadesette (shelter) and Bobeva fountain go back to Koprivshtica.

5.On the way of the bloody letter

Koprivshtica – Ravna poliana – Bich peak – Karavelova poliana – Koprivshtica

The itinerary passes by the First Shot bridge, against the stream of the Biala reka. On a dirt road through a pine forest you reach Ravna poliana site. Turn south, pass through a beech forest, and reach the foot of Pop peak, an open area with a view of Bogdan, Bunaya and the Central Balkans. To the west you cross the watershed and through a beech forest (small shelter) you reach Bich peak. The chalet Pavel Deliradev is an hour walk from here and the Panaguirski kolonii tourist site is a two hour and a half walk. The way back is along Ravna poliana. After a fence on the right, the itinerary curves through a beech forest in the direction of Karavelova poliana, bearing the name of the great son of Koprivshtica – Liuben Karavelov (shelter). To the east, through a pine forest, along a rose scented rock (by a fountain), cross Gergiovden site and Holy Ghost peak, you come back to Koprivshtica.

6.“You are so beautiful my forest”

Koprivshtica – Raynovo dere – Pop peak – Karavelova poliana – Koprivshtica

Go southwards in the direction of Strelcha. After the petrol station you cross Raynovo dere at Nenchova fountain. Go up a forest path to the television tower. Continue through a pine forest on the north slope of Ppadia peak and you reach a flat area behind Pop peak (shelter). From here a nice view opens over Bogdan, Bunaya, the Central Balkans and the surroundings of Koprivshtica town. Westwards, through a century old beech forest, you go down to Ravna poliana site. After the fence on the right, on a path through a beech forest, you reach Karavelova poliana ( built small shelter). Go back to Koprivshtica through a pine forest leading to Gergiovden site and Holy Ghost peak, situated in the vicinity of the town.

7.Farewall to the Koprivshtica merchants

Koprivshtica – Sopolivi kamani – Krivoto darvo – Koprivshtica

Go southwards in the direction of Strelcha on the asphalt road. After around 5 km., before Otets Paysii fountain, below the Avrelian monument, you go westwards to Sopolivite kamani (summer house). According to the legend, at this site the Koprivshtica woman saw off their husbands trading abroad in Minor Asia and Egypt. The itinerary continues westwards crossing Boev shamak, after that it goes to the natural phenomenon – Krivoto darvo (the Crooked tree). Following the asphalt road (7 km) you go back to Koprivshtica.

8.On the houdouk paths Koprivshtica – St. Dimitar peak – St. Luka peak – Haidoushki kladenets – Ravna poliana – Biala reka – Koprivshtica

The itinerary passes by the left side of the First Shot bridge, crosses Biala reka, turns to the right and on an asphalt road continues to the Voyvodenets site. On a dirt road, through pine and beech forests, crossing an open area, you reach the blend to St. luka peak. Continue to the left, south-west, following a steep road through a beech forest, you reach Haidushki kladenets (spring) (shelter). You cross an open area and you go to Vododela (Bialoto) between Koprivshtica and Dushantsi village (summer house). The itinerary continues southwards in the direction of Ravna poliana. You go through a pine forest and following Biala reka you go backt o Koprivshtica.

9.Path of health

Koprivshtica – St. Dimitar peak – Koprivshtica

Go in the direction of the 20 April square. Pass by Naiden Gerov monument, follow Doganova street, go up a forest path and you reach the meadows of Voyvodenets – the place where the national folk festivals take place. A beautiful view of the Blaksans and Koprivshtica opens from here. To the east is St. Dimitar peak, around which curves the path of health with sport equipment among the nature. Close to the place a cold spring runs. The way back is to the right of the path which leads again to Doganova street.

By car the itinerary passes close to the First Shot bridge, along the right bank against the stream of Biala reka, turns right, then left and on an asphalt road continues to Voyvodenets.

10.Following the footsteps of the ancient history of Koprivshtica

Koprivshtica – chapel St. Spas – peak St. Petka – Thracian tumulus – peak St. Nicholas – Koprivshtica

Walk against the stream of Topolnitsa river, along the right bank. At the end of the town you go around the dairy to the left and on a steep path you reach the St. Spas chapel. The itinerary continues up to peak St. Petka and the Thracian tumulus. Northwest you continue through a pine forest to St. Nicholas peak. Just below it is Arnaout quarter and the town of Koprivshtica.

11.“The even waiting mother”

Koprivshtica – Reynitsa – Koprivshtica

Go in the direction of Strelcha. 200-300 m after the curve to Barikadite, you turn south and up a cart road you reach Reynitsa site (summer house), from where there is a unique view of the entire area of Koprivshtica and the Central Balkans. On that place the nature has created bizarre shapes of rocks, resembling the monument “The even waiting mother”. You continue along the ridge to the southeast, turn west and descend towards Novi Livadi site. Following the asphalt road you go back to Koprivshtica.