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Mountain Tourism: Bistritsa

The village of Bistritsa lies just 15km to the south of Sofia, in the skirts of the Vitosha mountain. Despite its proximity to the capital city, Bistritsa is not one of Sofias quarters yet. The village, however, is one of the favorite suburban settlements for citizens of Sofia, who choose it for its beautiful nature, hiking opportunities, and relatively easy and fast transport to the city.

The village is crossed by two rivers, Yanchovska and Stara, which merge in the centre of the village and form a new river, Gurbeshnitsa, that flows into the Iskar River. The village is used by many as a starting point for hikes in the Vitosha mountain, as from here, one can reach the Aleko chalet, the mountains highest peak - Cherni Vrah (Black Peak), as well as many chalets.

Bistritsa is one of the oldest villages in the skirts of Vitosha and is also the biggest. During the Second Bulgarian State (up to 1396) the village appears on old maps as a fortress of the same name. There are two monasteries in and close to the village, respectively, both known as the Bistritsa monastery.

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