Charm and romance and other things to do in destination Bulgaria
Destination Bulgaria – Melnik – beauty, emotions, antiquity! A quiet place, a mountain, rich history, coziness, stunning scenery, rich wine… This is what the thousands-year-old Melnik offers, and may be more. Well, a romantic and full of charm in destination Bulgaria. The smallest town in Bulgaria, Melnik is 130 km away from the capital of Bulgaria – Sofia, in the south-western slopes of the southern part of Pirin. It attracts with its ancient history, monasteries, natural landscapes…
And its wine, of course, for which the locals claim that even Sir Winston Churchill had tried it and estimated its merits appropriately;-) If you wonder what the things to do in Bulgaria are, remember this small town and its wine. Get your family or friends, travel to Bulgaria, Melnik and then indulge in a glass or two of wine.
Once a very lively place and an important trading centre, today this romantic place comprises of around 230 people and that makes it the smallest town in Bulgaria. That doesn’t make it less interesting, though. It even adds to the charm and magic of the place.
The Sand Pyramids – another reason to enjoy a Destination Bulgaria
Supposedly, the name of Melnik comes from the Slavonic word ‘Mel’, which means white clay. The first inhabitants of the place were the Thracians. Then the Romans – a few centuries later (a Roman bridge can still be seen today). And after them came the Slavs and they gave the name ‘Melnik’ to the place because of the peculiar, natural Sand Pyramids. Today Melnik and the Pyramids are among the favourite places to visit in Bulgaria and preferred destination Bulgaria.
The Sand Pyramids – they are rock formations scattered over an area of 50 square kilometres. More than 4-5 million years ago, at the place where the today Pyramids are, there was a big flat lake. On the bottom of the lake, time had deposited clay and sandy materials.
For thousands of years different processes took place, the result of which are the Melnik Pyramids – one of the most interesting natural attractions in Bulgaria. These fantastically sculpted rocks have assumed the most varied shapes and details, resembling stone mushrooms, haystacks, minarets, alpine ridges and peaks, swords, obelisks, Egyptian pyramids, and so forth.
The Melnik Pyramids became a natural landmark in 1960. Not only that but these same Pyramids that surround Melnik from all its sides, hold the wine cellars where the wine – this famous elixir stayed to ripen and mature. Choose your Bulgaria vacation among different destinations Bulgaria. Choose Melnik and you can enjoy the wine there together with many other things.