This is where Sofia goes for hiking, alpining and skiing. Heck, this mountain is the main reason tourism in Sofia even started. It is especially popular as a ski resort in the winter, when the top of the mountain offers stunning panoramas. Skiing season is from Decemeber – March. The mountain has two biosphere reserves - Bistrishko Branishte and Torfeno Branishte.
This great mountain massif is easily accessible thanks to the many bus routes and rope lines that ply there. The most popular starting destination is the Aleko area (about 7000 feet high), which is right below the mountain’s highest peak. It’s possible to stay at the many basic hotels and inns on the mountian.
- You can drive to the mountain by car in the summer - go through Dragalevtsi neighbourhood to the Aleko area.
- Take Bus 66 from Hladilnika Bus Terminal (BGN 6 round trip). It’s a 50 minute journey to the top. Stops at Hotel Moreni. Last bus back is at 6pm.
- Bus 64 takes you to Boyana Church, from where you can hike to Boyana Lake or Boyana Waterfall.
- Bus 122 to Simeonovo gondola lift.
- Bus 93 to Dragalevtsi chair lift.
- Bus 98 to Jeleznica village on the other side of the mountain.
- Taxis to the lift stops mentioned above are cheap too.
- Buses 64, 122, 93, 98, 66, to the Mountain.
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79.03% of people who visit Sofia include Vitosha Mountain And National Park in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
35.1% of people start their Vitosha Mountain And National Park visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Vitosha Mountain And National Park
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Vitosha Mountain And National Park
It was a great hike. You can feel the fresh air and enjoy the great views while exploring many of the tracks in the mountain. There is also a working lift on the weekends, so it can be a great place to make a picnic and go back with the lift if you don't feel like walking. I strongly suggest going there at least once if you haven't. You definitely won't regret it.
Forget about English.. if you're not coming with a map don't waste time - ask locals for guides. There are beautiful streams everywhere and the kids really enjoyed climbing on the rocks and the chair lift is a definitely must do... About 35 minutes from bottom to top with green and beautiful view all way through.
През юли 2018 опитах да направя кръгче от Боснек по билото до връх Асланов рид и после да се върна през Живата вода. След връх Големата могила на стесняване на билото се натресох на добре направена ограда. По-късно, като слязох до селото и тръгнах към Живата вода, видях подробна карта на местността с нанесена "зона за дивеч". Иначе Живата вода течеше обилно. В края на септември отидох до Черната скала през връх Балабана. Ходенето е без пътека и е доста трудно, има опасност от изгубване, нараняване и не го препоръчвам. Прибрах се през Конярника по малко използвана пътека. Иначе до Черната скала по-приемливото качване е от хижа Борова гора.
Vitosha is sitiated close to Sofia. There are convenient roads to reach all northern parts of the mountain. Vitosha is two face mountain - one face from north, steep and rocky; second face from south, gently sloping to Samokov valey. You could meet a brown bear there.
There are many paths that you can take for a walk, but keep in mind that it is a mountain so be sure to have comfortable clothes and waterproof shoes. It is very beautiful and definitely worth it.