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 at 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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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.

Sapareva Banya and the hottest geyser in Europe

Another must see in Bulgaria is the geyser of Sapareva Banya. Indulge in pampering spa of the healing thermal waters there and spend a day or two in full relaxation.

On the way to the Seven Rila Lakes, you will inevitably pass through the city of the hottest geyser in Europe. It’s a great place, a city famous for the hottest mineral water spring in

There is an active SPA centre with open-air mineral water pools – heaven on earth. You would love to indulge yourself in a hot mineral water pool after a long day of hiking or skiing. Relax your body and muscles in Sapareva Banya. It is one of the best places across the country for spa, only 1 hour by car from Sofia. There is a renovated public bath, which is now working every day.

The geyser in Sapareva banya is the hottest geyser in Europe
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The geyser in Sapareva banya

There is an active SPA centre with open-air mineral water pools – heaven on earth. Remember the latter, because you would love to indulge yourself in a hot mineral water pool after a long day of hiking or skiing. You may just relax your body and muscles and Sapareva Banya is one of the best places for that. There is a renovated old public bath, which is now working every day.

Location:

The resort Sapareva Banya is located in western Bulgaria, only 70 km south of Sofia, lying at the foothills of the awe-inspiring Rila Mountains. Its water jumps over 18 meters over the surface of the ground rhythmically, in 6-7 seconds, making the geyser even more attractive. Situated in a picturesque valley at 983 m.a.s.l., Sapareva Banya is a mountain spa resort and one of the biggest balneology centres in Bulgaria.

It is one of the most attractive tourist destinations as it offers hiking, skiing, religious and relaxing tourism. Some ancient relics from 1st and 2nd century BC have been discovered here, part of the Thracian settlement of Dzhermanezha. Sapareva Banya was an important town in Dacia province in the 3rd century. It was known as Germania, a former Roman town.

Panoramic view of Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria
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Panoramic view of Sapareva Banya

The thermal waters of Sapareva Bania are slightly mineralized and among the waters with the highest fluorine content. They are recommended for the locomotive and the nervous system, as well as for the treatment of gynaecological malfunctions and skin diseases.

Swimming pool with mineral water in Sapareva Banya during the summer
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Swimming pool during the summer, Sapareva Banya

Climate:

Continental climate with a Mediterranean influence. Moderately cold winter, moderately warm summer, autumn warmer than spring.

Best season for holiday:

All the year-round

Hot springs and their healing powers:

The mineral water in Sapareva Banya has the highest content of fluorine in Bulgaria and also of hydrogen sulphide in Bulgaria – 15.5 mg / l.

The mineral water is hyperthermal, weak mineralized (pH 9.3 with a total mineralization of 0.65 g / l), containing sulphate, hydrocarbon, hydrosulfide, sodium and fluorine ions, colloidal metallic acid and hydrogen sulphide.

Swimming pool with mineral water in Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria
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Swimming pools with mineral water, Sapareva Banya

For half a century in the sanatorium of Sapareva Banya, several diseases have been treated very successfully. The water treats musculoskeletal system, degenerative joint diseases, peripheral nervous system, skin diseases and others.

Healing procedures with thermal water in pearl bath, Bulgaria
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Healing procedures in bathtub

Patients after a heart attack cannot be treated with this water!

Contraindications:

  • arterial hypertension IV stage
  • IBS – up to three months from onset of the disease
  • frequent disturbances of rhythm and conductivity
  • unstable angina
  • heart failure with rheumatic activity
  • post-cerebral haemorrhage – up to three months after the onset of the disease
  • advanced stage of liver cirrhosis
  • chronic renal failure III and IV stage
Medical procedures on a woman in Bulgaria
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Medical procedures

Attractions to visit:

  • Situated at an altitude of approximately 2,000 m.a.s.l., the Skakavitsa Waterfall is the highest waterfall in the Rila Mountains. The water is falling down from 70 m.
Skakavitsa Waterfall Bulgaria is the highest waterfall in Rila Mountains falling from 70 metres
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Skakavitsa Waterfall Bulgaria
  • The Church of St Nicholas is a must-see attraction. Constructed from the 11th to the 14th century, it is a small medieval Eastern Orthodox church.
Church of St Nicholas, Sapareva Banya - Small medieval Eastern Orthodox church
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Church of St Nicholas, Sapareva Banya
  • Tsari Mali Grad is a cultural and historical complex located in Belchin village, only 20 minutes by car from Saparave Banya.
Tsari Mali Grad is a cultural and historical complex located in Belchin village
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Tsari Mali Grad

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

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