Rose Valley: Sopot = literary heritage (Ivan Vazov), spring water fountains, and paragliding

Language Bulgarian, English, Russian
Price 35 EUR for tour
Capacity Group of up to 10 people
Duration 8 hours

Sopot takes pride in having been the hometown of the Bulgarian classic Ivan Vazov called “the Patriarch of Bulgarian literature”. He was born and grew up there about one and a half centuries ago. Ivan Vazov House Museum attracts many tourists year round, and is a wonderful opportunity to have a glance at the everyday life of Bulgarian families around a century and a half ago. The writer based upon Sopot the principal action of his most famous work Under the Yoke novel depicting the epic Bulgarian April Uprising against the Ottoman Empire in 1876; it is also the most renown piece of classic Bulgarian literature. You can see some of the places included in Under the Yoke novel such as the old mill, the church and “the metoch” (nunnery) with the school, which is named “Rada’s School nowadays after the main female character in the novel.

Sopot has abundance of crystal spring water running from numerous public fountains (probably around thirty)and along some streets. They say that is where the name of the settlement has come, as “sopot” in Old-slavic language meant captured spring water. Locals well know which fountains provide the best and tastiest water; you may wish to degustate and find out yourself. The town also boasts about the wonderful parasailing and paragliding base [8], claimed to be the best on the Balkan Peninsula and in Europe; with adjustment the lift to the mountain, from where you can easily hike to Central Balkan National Park. The gorgeous countryside allows for extreme sports such as mountain biking. And last but not the least, the active local Craftsmen Association offers handmade memorabilia, such as ornamented knives and woodworks.

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