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Hotels of Rila
A hotel in Rila 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 Rila hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Rila are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Rila hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Rila hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Rila have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels in Rila
An upscale full service hotel facility in Rila that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Rila 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 Rila
Full service Rila 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 Rila
Boutique hotels of Rila are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Rila boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Rila may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels in Rila
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 Rila travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Rila 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 Rila
Small to medium-sized Rila 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 Rila traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Rila 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 Rila
A bed and breakfast in Rila is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Rila bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Rila 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 Rila
Rila 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 Rila 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 Rila
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Rila 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 Rila lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs in Rila
Rila 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 Rila 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 Rila on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels in Rila
A Rila 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 Rila for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Rila motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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Rila (Bulgarian: Рила, pronounced [ˈriɫɐ]) is a mountain range in southwestern Bulgaria and the highest mountain range of Bulgaria and the Balkans, with its highest peak being Musala at 2,925 m. The massif is also the sixth highest mountain in Europe (when each mountain is represented by its highest peak only), coming after the Caucasus, the Alps, Sierra Nevada, the Pyrenees and Mount Etna, and the highest between the Alps and the Caucasus. More than one-third of the mountain is occupied by the Rila National Park, the rest lies within the Rila Monastery Nature Park.
The mountain is believed to have been named after the river of the same name, which comes from the Old Bulgarian verb "рыти" meaning "to grub".
Rila is abundant in glacial lakes (about 200) and hot springs in fault areas at the base of the mountain. Some of the Balkans' longest and deepest rivers originate from Rila, including Maritsa, Iskar and Mesta.
Culturally, Rila is famous for the Rila Monastery, Bulgaria's largest and most important monastery, founded in the 10th century by Saint John of Rila. Alongside the cultural landmarks the mountain is also famous for the Seven Rila Lakes.
Rila is a dome-shaped horst mountain, part of the Balkans' oldest land, the Macedono-Thracian Massif. It was formed by granite and gneiss rocks and crystal schists during the Paleozoic (250,000,000 years ago). Rila's alpine relief was formed during the Pleistocene by a series of glacial periods. During the most recent, so-called Würm glaciation, 10-12,000 years ago the permanent snow line was at 2,100 m above sea level. Above this line glaciers radically changed the existing relief, carving out deep cirques, sharp pyramid-shaped peaks, rock pinnacles, various valleys, moraines and other typical glacial formations.
Rila: Borders and climate
Rila has an area of 2,400 km². The dome of the mountain rises over the surrounding mountain valleys, with the Borovets Saddle (1,305 m) connecting the main Musala Ridge with the Shipochan and Shumnatitsa ridges that connect to the Ihtiman Sredna Gora mountains through the Gate of Trajan pass. The Yundola Saddle (1,375 m) and the Avramovo Saddle (1,295 m) link Rila with the Rhodopes to the east, while the connection with Pirin is the Predel Saddle (1,140 m), the one with Verila being the Klisura Saddle (1,025 m).
The climate is typically alpine, with 2,000 mm of precipitation on Musala yearly, about half of which is snow. The lowest average temperature ever measured in February on Musala is –11.6 °C and the absolute minimum is -31.2 °C. An average temperature for August is 5.4 °C, the maximum being 18.7 °C.
Map of Rila mountains in English
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Rila: Flora & Fauna
The flora of Rila contains three local endemics which are seen only in this mountain. These plants are Primula deorum (with the largest population), Rheum rhaponticum and Alchemilla pawlowskii. In the mountain thrives also 36 plants as Campanula lanata, Centaurea mannagettae which are endemic for the Balkans. Some of the plant species have survived the last glacial period by turning into relict organisms.
Some of the animals, which live in Rila, are in danger as well. 24 of the species that inhabit Rila are listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. There are 172 types of vertebrates living in Rila and 121 of them are registered in the Bulgarian Red List of Threatened Species, 15 are recorded in the European Red List of Threatened Species, 24 are listed in the International Union for Conservation of Nature and 158 of 172 are included in the Bern Convention lists. Such animals are Barbus cyclolepis (which is rare because of the habitat loss and the river pollution), Triturus alpestris, Spermophilus citellus (European Ground Squirrel) and others.
Rila: List of mammals in National park Rila
Rila as seen from space
Malyovitsa Peak, Rila
There are 48 mammal species in National park Rila
• Eastern European hedgehog
• European rabbit
• Wild mice
• Water vole
• Spermophilus citellus
• Grey wolf
• Red fox
• European pine marten
• Eurasian badger
• Least weasel
• European otter
• Brown bear
• Wild cat
• Wild boar
• Roe deer
• Red deer
• Alpine ibex
• Wild goat
The average annual precipitation in Rila is several times the average for Bulgaria
The Seven Rila Lakes
The source of the Maritsa under Marishki vrah
Rila as seen from Kostenets
The Rila Monastery
Rila is subdivided into several parts depending on their geographic position.
East Rila or the Musala Ridge is the highest and vastest part. The highest peak, as well as 12 of the 18 peaks over 2,700 m are located there - Musala, Yastrebets, Irechek, Deno Mancho, etc. The Musala Lakes lie in this part of Rila, as well as Ledeno ezero ("Icy Lake"), the highest lake of the Balkans at 2,709 m. Other lakes in East Rila include the Maritsa Lakes and the Ropalitsa Lakes. The renowned mountain resort of Borovets is also located in this part of the mountain.
Central Rila or the Skakavets Ridge is the smallest part (1/10 of the total area), most famous for the glacial lakes - the Fish Lakes, Dzhendem Lakes, Monastery Lakes. The largest glacial lake of the Balkans, Smradlivo ezero ("Stinky Lake") with an area of 21.2 km² is located in Central Rila, as well as the peaks Kanarata, Cherna polyana, Malak Skakavets and Golyam Skakavets, Rilets. The ridge of the Skakavtsi (the peaks of Golyam Skakavets and Malak Skakavets, Pchelina and Sveti Duh) rises isolated between the Levi and Beli Iskar rivers. Another well-known ridge in the area is the one of Marinkovitsa and Vodniya chal, extending to the forest reserve of Kobilino branishte.
Northwest Rila takes up 25% of Rila's total area. The highest peak is Golyam Kupen at 2,731 m. The Seven Rila Lakes are an important landmark in this part, as well as the many remote peaks and small lakes.
Southwest Rila or the Kapatnik Ridge occupies 30% of Rila and has the oldest reserve of Bulgaria. Apart from its small northern part, Southwest Rila does not have the alpine appearance of the other parts.
Rila: Peaks in Rila
Musala - 2,925 m
Malka Musala (Lower Musala) - 2,902 m
Ovcharets (Yurushki chal) - 2,768 m
Golyam Kupen - 2,731 m
Malyovitsa - 2,729 m
Popova kapa - 2,704 m
Malka Malyovitsa - 2,698 m
Lopushki vrah - 2,698 m
Lovnitsa - 2,695 m
Kanarata - 2,691 m
Orlovets - 2,685 m
Pastri slap (Aladzha slap) – 2,684 m
Zliya zab - 2,678 m
Eleni vrah - 2,654 m
Kovach (Nalbant) vrah - 2,640 m
Suha Vapa vrah - 2,638 m
Ravni vrah (Ravni chal) - 2,637 m
Belmeken - 2,627 m
Kamilata - 2,621 m
Golyam Mechi vrah - 2,618 m
Dvuglav - 2,605 m
Golyam Mramorets (Golyam Mermer) - 2,598 m
Dodov (Drushlevishki) vrah - 2,597 m
Kozi vrah - 2,587 m
Iglata - 2,575 m
Mechit - 2,568 m
Ushite - 2,560 m
Ptichi vrah (Ashiklar) - 2,536 m
Malak Mechit - 2,535 m
Yanchov vrah - 2,481 m
Malak Mechi vrah - 2,474 m
Strazhnik (Kurdzhilak) - 2,469 m
Budachki kamak - 2,447 m
Kukov vrah - 2,411 m
Tsarev vrah - 2,376 m
Ivan Vazov (Damga) - 2,342 m
Markov kamak (Gorna Kadiitsa) - 2,342 m
Malka Popova kapa - 2,180 m
Treshtenik - 2,020 m
Malak Lopushki vrah
Malak Mramorets (Malak Mermer)
Rila Point on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Rila Mountain.
Rila: Panoramic views
Winter panorama of Northwestern Rila seen from Yastrebets
Panorama of the Seven Rila Lakes circus in Rila mountain
Български етимологичен речник, том 6, Академично издателство "Професор Марин Дринов", София 2002, стр. 256-257
Иван Дуриданов, Южнославянските речни названия и тяхното значение за славянския топонимичен атлас, Славянска филология 3, Българска академия на науките, София 1963, стр.197