Zemen Tourism, Bulgaria

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Zemen (Bulgarian: Земен) is a town in Pernik Province, western Bulgaria. Located near the Pchelina Reservoir on the banks of the Struma River, it is the administrative centre of Zemen Municipality. The old name of Zemen was Belovo; it was renamed to Zemen in 1925. The new name was initially only given to the railway station nearby, but it was soon carried over to the village itself. The present name commemorates the medieval castle of Zemlangrad, which was located in the Struma gorge in the vicinity of Zemen. The fortress was first mentioned in the 11th-century Tale of Isaiah as ЗЄМЛЬНЬ ГРАД and as ЗЄМЛЪНЬ in a 15th-16th century Serbian chronicle. The toponym is derived from the Bulgarian word for "land" (земя, zemya) and refers, according to the locals, to the only arable land in the rocky surrounding area. Proclaimed a town in 1974, Zemen is famous for the medieval Zemen Monastery located on its outskirts. The population of the town is mostly Bulgarian Orthodox.


This is a comprehensive travel guide for Zemen in Bulgaria. From budgeting tips to finding the best spots, this travel guide has got all the insider information to explore Zemen like a local. After your splendid visit to Zemen, you can proceed to an important near-by city of Sofia. Take a short trip from Zemen and set some time aside to explore the Sofia. Dotted with places like Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski, Boyana Church, Vitosha Boulevard; it will definitely be a good idea. A holiday in Zemen can generally be of 1-2 days.

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Facts and Stats for Zemen*

  • Pollution Statistics in Zemen

    Know the pollution level of Zemen before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 75 (High)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • Living in Zemen - Quality of Life

    • Pollution Index 53.45 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.62 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Zemen

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Zemen

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.16 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.98 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 28.01 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 74.7 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 41.5 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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