Amazing Seven Rila Lakes

The Seven Rila Lakes are one of the most visited attractions not only in Bulgaria but the Balkan Peninsula. It is a must-see destination for everyone who will visit the country.

Located about 90 km away from Sofia Airport the Seven Rila Lakes are a natural phenomenon that gathers people from all over the world. The lakes offer stunning views during the summer and winter.

Panorava view of the seven Rila Lakes in Rila Mountains
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Beautiful landscape of the Seven Rila Lakes

Their beauty touches thousands of Bulgarian and international and visitors who visit them.

The Seven Rila Lakes are glacial lakes located stepwise between 2100 and 2535 meters high. Their names from the highest to the lowest are Tear, Eye, Kidney, Twin, Trefoil, Fish and Lower lake.

The Kidney, Seven Rila Lakes
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the Kidney, the 7 Rila Lakes

Their waters flow into each other and start the Djerman River. The lakes have been named for their shapes and qualities.

The Tear Lake (highest of them), gained its name for its crystal-clear water. The Eye Lake is the deepest of the seven reaching 37.5 meters.

It is oval and has an intense blue colour when the weather is good.

Lower than the Eye Lake is the Kidney Lake, named for its kidney shape, which has a surface area of 85 hectares and steep rocky banks.

Next comes the Twins.

The Eye, The seven Rila Lakes
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the Eye, the seven Rila Lakes

Wide at both ends and narrow in the middle the lake resembles an hourglass. During dry years, the lake becomes two smaller lakes, and this is the source of its name.

Further down the trail are the Three-leafed Lake and the Fish Lake.

The Seven Lakes Shelter is on the banks of the Fish Lake.

The lowest lake is appropriately called the Lower Lake, which feeds the Dzherman River.

All the lakes are well connected by narrow streams.

Whenever you are visiting Bulgaria must-see places to visit are the Seven Rila Lakes in the Rila Mountains and Sapareva Banya.

The famous Seven Rila Lakes in Sunrise - Rila, Bulgaria
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