An area the size of London, beautifully located along the Black Sea Coast in Eastern Europe. Still, only 7000 people live here…. Strandja Nature Park in Bulgaria is one of those unspoilt, undiscovered areas in Europe where man has had very little influence.
A landscape of rolling hills is perfect to explore on foot. There is a lot to discover during a walking holiday to Strandja in South-East Bulgaria!
Bulgaria’s most varied nature park
Strandja is Bulgaria’s largest and most varied nature park. You can explore a wide variety of landscapes during a walking holiday here. In the west of the park you can walk through karst landscapes with wide views and hike through deeply cut, wooded valleys with murmuring crystal-clear streams and rivers.
In the middle of the nature park the landscape is dominated by extensive beech and oak forest. And there is also the lush valley of the Veleka river. The Veleka is one of the cleanest and unspoilt rivers in Eastern Europe.
The eastern border of Strandja Nature Park consists of large areas of almost unspoilt Black Sea coast. Here you can go walking around the completely natural estuary of the Veleka river, along quiet, undiscovered beaches, impressive coastal landscapes and volcanic rock formations.
Deep in the heart of Strandja you will find small secluded villages where time has stood still. You can walk past traditional Strandja houses and experience the rich Bulgarian culture and cuisine. You can also come across culture along the walking routes. A beautiful walk for example leads to a chapel and spring hidden in the woods. Such chapels were often built near a spring where the water, according to local legend, has healing properties.
The rich history of this part of Bulgaria is still visible in the landscape; Thracian temples and Roman graves and hill-tombs have been preserved. They are silent witnesses of the turbulent past of this part of Eastern Europe.
Autumn – perfect for walking in the Strandja Mountains
Strandja Nature Park in Bulgaria has a Mediterranean climate. Because of the influence of the Black Sea the weather is still very gentle late in the year and great for walking. The Autumn is perfect for a walking holiday in this part of Eastern Europe! An autumn walking holiday to Strandja means enjoying beautiful panorama’s, the turning colours of the woodland, and a fantastic Bulgarian ‘Indian’ summer.
In the autumn you can try local specialities such as wild mushrooms. The excellent Bulgarian tomatoes are still available. And you can also taste many other fruit en vegetable varieties until late autumn.
The temperature of the sea water in Bulgaria is very pleasant until October. A plunge in the Black Sea during a coastal walk is recommended! The best time for an autumn walking holiday to Strandja in Bulgaria is the period from mid-September until the middle of November.
Spring walking holiday to Strandja in Bulgaria
The spring is an ideal time for a walking holiday to south-east Bulgaria. In de spring, Strandja is lush and green. During a spring walking holiday you can enjoy a stunning landscape full of flowering orchards and budding leaves.
The sky is filled with birdsong of nightingale, bee-eater and golden oriole. The grasslands are full of wild-flowers and the weather is already very good early in the year. The best time for a spring walking holiday to Strandja is the period middle of April until the middle of June.
Walking holiday to Strandja Nature Park in Bulgaria
Interested in getting to know the beautiful Strandja area on foot? We organise walking holidays for small groups to this part of Bulgaria. But if you prefer to explore the area at your own pace, our tailor-made walking holidays are ideal. With pre-booked Bed & Breakfast, rental car and detailed walk descriptions and information you will not miss anything.
As a bonus, by coming on holiday here you help protect the beautiful Strandja area. For every visitor to Strandja, we make a donation to the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation. For more than 10 years already, this organisation does a lot of good work and makes a real difference in protecting and raising awareness about Strandja’s unique nature.
Please contact us for more information, we would love to tell you more about our walking holidays to Bulgaria!