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A hotel in Pirin is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Pirin hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Pirin are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Pirin hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Pirin hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Pirin have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Pirin
An upscale full service hotel facility in Pirin that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Pirin hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Pirin
Full service Pirin hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Pirin
Boutique hotels of Pirin are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Pirin boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Pirin may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Pirin
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Pirin travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Pirin focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Pirin
Small to medium-sized Pirin hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Pirin traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Pirin hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Pirin
A bed and breakfast in Pirin is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Pirin bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Pirin B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Pirin
Pirin hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Pirin hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Pirin
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Pirin hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Pirin lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Pirin
Pirin timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Pirin often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Pirin on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Pirin
A Pirin motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Pirin for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Pirin motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Pirin Mountains
Bulgarian: Пирин, Greek: Όρβηλος
Pirin scenery in winter
Highest point
Peak Vihren
Elevation 2,915 m (9,564 ft)
Coordinates  / 41.76361; 23.39944  / 41.76361; 23.39944
Length 80 km (50 mi) north-south
Width 40 km (25 mi) north-south
Area 2,585 km (998 sq mi)
Country Bulgaria
Type of rock granite, gneiss, marble, limestone

The Pirin Mountains (Bulgarian: Пирин, Greek: Όρβηλος, Orbelos, "snow-white mountain") are a mountain range in southwestern Bulgaria, with Vihren (2,914 m high) the highest peak, situated at  / 41.76389; 23.42500. The range extends about 40 km northwest-southeast, and about 25 km wide. Most of the range is protected in the Pirin National Park. The mountain is named after Perun (Cyrillic: Перун), the highest god of the Slavic pantheon and the god of thunder and lightning.

To the north Pirin is separated from Bulgaria's highest mountain range, the Rila Mountains, by the Predel saddle, while to the south it reaches the Slavyanka mountain. To the west is located the valley of the Struma and to the east of the Mesta Rivers. Pirin is noted for its rich flora and fauna. Much of the area is forested, with the best conifer woods in Bulgaria, holding important populations of the Balkan endemic species Macedonian pine, Bosnian pine and Bulgarian fir. Animals include the wolf and the brown bear.

The town of Bansko, an important tourism and winter sports centre, is situated on the northeast slopes of the Pirin Mountains. The town of Razlog lies in Razlog Valley between Pirin Mountains to the south and the Rila Mountains to the north.

Pirin: Geography

Pirin is the second highest mountain range in Bulgaria after Rila (2,925 m) and the eighth highest in Europe after the Caucasus, the Alps, Sierra Nevada, the Pyrenees, Mount Etna, the aforementioned Rila, and Mount Olympus when each is represented by its highest peak only. It has an area of 2,585 km and an average height of 1,033 m. Pirin is set in the southwest of the country between the Struma and Mesta Rivers, bordering Rila to the north at the Predel Saddle (1,142 m) and Slavyanka to the south at the Parilska Saddle (1,170 m). The distance between these two points is 60 km from the northwest to the southeast and the maximum width of Pirin is 40 km from the town of Sandanski to the village of Obidim. Other neighbouring mountains include Vlahina, Maleshevo, Osogovo and Ograzhden to the west, as well as the Rhodopes to the east.

Panorama of Pirin.
The Gazey peak looked from Polezhan and the Upper Gazey Lake.

Geologically and geographically Pirin is divided into three parts: a north, central and south one, which are however not equal in size and tourist attractivity.

  • North Pirin is the largest of the subdivisions and the mountain's downright part. It takes up 74% of the whole range's territory, being about 42 km long and ranging from Predel to the north to the Todorova Polyana Saddle (1,883 m) to the south. North Pirin is the most often visited part of the mountain, the only one to have an Alpine appearance, featuring many lakes, resthouses and shelters, and also the one where the highest peak, Vihren, is located. It is further subdivided into several parts due to its size: Mramor Part, North Central Part, South Central Part, Polezhan Part, Kamenitsa Part, Sinanitsa Part and Debeli Rid Part.
  • Central Pirin extends between the Todorova Polyana Saddle and the Popovi Livadi Saddle. It constitutes the smallest (7%) and shortest part, being only 7 km long. The highest peak is Orelyak (2,099 m), while the other peaks are under 2,000 m and heavily forested, usually deciduous. There are only two resthouses, Popovi Livadi and Malina.
  • South Pirin is the lowest and most round part, the highest peak being Svesthnik at 1,975 m. It occupies 17% of Pirin and is about 11 km long and wide. Well forested with coniferous and deciduous trees, it is the most rarely visited part of the mountains and thus lacks any resthouses.

Pirin: Geology, relief and peaks in Pirin

Panorama from (Golyam) Polezhan – 2851 m.
peaks from Pirin
View of a lake and marble peak.

By its geological structure Pirin is a massive elevation with granite nucleus (the granite surface is 62%) covered mainly with ancient metamorphous rocks. It forms as a mountain during the Tertiary. Its hoisting alternated with long tranquil periods. Glaciation occurred in the beginning of the Quaternary. According to some scientists there were even two glaciations, during which the lower line of the ice was at 2,200-2,300 metres. These glaciations lead to partial crushings in the granite peaks and gradually formed beautiful alpine edges, moraine fields and vertical cliffs dropping to dizzy abysses. During that very period the granite peaks lowered and the present marble peaks took a leading position in height, because of the specificities of the marble. As a result of the ice many cirques were formed most of which now contain shining glacial lakes.

The main Pirin ridge is clearly distinguished; it begins in Rila, passes through the Predel saddle and all the saddles as far as the Parilska saddle. It links the separate smaller ridges of the mountain into one system with the highest peaks situated on it. Although it curves a lot, its main direction is from the northwest to southeast and it is also a watershed between the Struma and Mesta valleys. There are many spurs but four of them are so large that they create the appearance of the mountain: Sinanishko, Todorino, Polejansko and Kamenishko.

The Sinanitsa Peak.

There are two peaks above 2,900 m, Vihren and Kutelo; seven above 2,800 m; 17 above 2,700 m; 32 above 2,600 m and 40 above 2,500 m. The highest granite peak is the Banderishki Chukar (2,732 m). The 20 highest peaks are:

The Todorka Peak.
Kutelo peak.
  1. Vihren – 2914 m
  2. Kutelo – 2908 m
  3. Banski Suhodol – 2884 m
  4. Polezhan – 2851 m
  5. Kamenitsa – 2822 m
  6. Malak Polezhan – 2822 m
  7. Bayuvi Dupki – 2820 m
  8. Yalovarnika – 2763 m
  9. Kaymakchal – 2763 m
  10. Gazey – 2761 m
  11. Todorka – 2746 m
  12. Banderishki Chukar – 2732 m
  13. Dzhengal – 2730 m
  14. Momin Dvor – 2723 m
  15. Bashliyski Chukar – 2720 m
  16. Bezimenen Vrah – 2712 m
  17. Malka Todorka – 2712 m
  18. Chengelchal – 2709 m
  19. Disilitsa – 2700 m
  20. Kamenishka Kukla – 2690 m

Pirin: Waters and lakes

The Upper Vasilashko Lake.
The Popinolashki waterfall.
View of the Popovo lake.
The Okoto Lake.

Pirin is known with its abundance of water. Many rivers take their sources from the mountains; they belong to the Struma and Mesta catchment areas. The rivers are short, turbulent and with high waters, with high inclination which forms many leaps and rapids. There is only one distinctive waterfall, the Popinolashki waterfall, which is 12 m high. The main ridge is the watershed between the two catchment areas.

Noticeable rivers which flow into the Mesta are:

  • Iztok (East) which runs through the Razlog Valley and have numerous smaller tributaries.
  • Pleshka river, which passes through the village of Dobrinishte.
  • Bezbozhka river.
  • Retije river which pours out from the Popovo Lake.
  • The rivers Kamenitsa, Breznitsa, Korpitsa.

Noticeable rivers which flow into the Struma are:

  • Vlachina river which pour out from the lakes of the same name.
  • Sandanska Bistritsa, which forms a large valley, takes many tributaries and runs through Sandanski.
  • Melnishka river.
  • Pirinska Bistritsa, which serves for a border between Bulgaria and Greece to the south.

One of the most picturesque parts of Pirin's landscape are 176 crystal-clear mountain lakes which are called the eyes of the mountain in the Bulgarian folklore. All of them have glacial origin and are usually situated at the bottom of spectacular cirques surrounded by rugged marble slopes and snow-capped peaks. The largest lake is the Popovo Lake, which is also the deepest one in Pirin. Other beautiful lakes include Banderishki Lakes, Valyavishki Lakes, Vasilashki Lakes, Vlahini Lakes, Kremenski Lakes, Samodivski Lakes, Sinanishko Lake. The lakes are extremely popular among the tourists. The largest lake in Pirin by surface area is fourth in Bulgaria, the deepest lake is second in the country, which the highest lake is also the highest not only in Bulgaria but also in the Balkans.

The largest and most important lake groups are:

  • Popovo Lakes-11
  • Kremenski Lakes-5
  • Banderishki Lakes-16
  • Vasilashki Lakes-12
  • Valyavishki Lakes-10
  • Chairski Lakes-10
  • Vlahini Lakes-5
  • Malokamenishki Lakes-20
  • Prevalski Lakes-4
  • Bashliiski Lakes-4
  • Tipitski Lakes-2

There are also many lakes which are not part of groups: Sinanishko, Bezbozhko, Dautovo and others.

There are also tiny glaciers (ice which does not melt throughout the year): Snezhnika in the Golemiya Kazan (The Big Cauldron) under Vihren (90x40 m), Banski Suhodol Glacier under Kutelo and under Kamenitsa.

Vlahini Lakes

Pirin: Nature

The Baikushev's pine is the oldest evergreen tree in Bulgaria.
Edelweiss under the Koncheto slope.

Pirin has rich and varied flora and fauna. More than 1,300 plant species have been found up to this moment, which is roughly 1/3 all plant species to be found in the country; 320 lichen species; several hundred algae species. There are 18 endemic plant species which include Pirin poppy, Pirin meadowsweet, Pirin thyme, David mullein and other. Many plants are extremely rare and under protection such as the beautiful edelweiss. The vegetation is vertically zoned into three elevation lines: tree, subalpine and alpine. The tree line is covered predominantly with coniferous species such as European black pine, Scots pine, Macedonian pine, Bosnian pine, spruce, Bulgarian fir and reaches approximately altitude of 2,000 m. Up to 2,500 m is the subalpine line, dominated by mountain pine and juniper whose size decrease as the altitude rises. The alpine line is situated above 2,500 m, covered with grass, moss, lichen and abundant in bilberry. The vegetation around the streams and the lakes is more specific with pinworm being common. The most famous tree in Pirin is the Baikushev's pine, names after the forest-guard who found it. This tree is more than 1,300 years old which makes it almost as ancient as Bulgaria.

There are more than 2,000 invertebrates (spiders, centipedes, insects, snails) and 250 vertebrate species. The latter include 177 bird, 45 mammal and only 6 fish species. Many of these are endangered and need special protection: The most common animals include: chamois, brown bear, wolf, roe deer, red deer, wild boar, Eurasian badger, red fox, eagles and falcons, capercaillie, Eurasian eagle-owl, woodpeckers.

In order to protect the rich wildlife in the mountain the Vihren National Park was created in 1962, which was renamed Pirin National Park in 1975. It has an area of 403,32 km. The park protects the largest forests of Macedonian and Bosnian pine in the country as well as many rare and endemic species. There are several nature reserves which account for 15% of the total area. The National Park was designed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

Pirin: Honour

Pirin Glacier on Graham Land in Antarctica is named after Pirin Mountain.

Pirin: References

  1. Rashev, N.; Martin Glovnya (1987). What do we know about ... the continents (Какво знаем за... континентите). Izdatelstvo Otechestvo. p. 40.
  • Pictures and images from Bansko Ski Resort in Pirin Mountains
  • Pirin National Park
  • Hiking in Pirin Mountains
  • Todorka peak and Bansko – interactive panorama shot from the ski-track (QTVR)
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