The smallest town in Bulgaria, Melnik, is nested in the south slopes of Pirin, only 30 km from the borderline with Greece. The finds from the antiquity discovered upon the archaeological diggings testify for its centuries-old history.
The first written evidences for the Melnik Fortress refer to the beginning of the 11th century. The first settlers on the territory of contemporary Melnik were the Thracians, and more particularly the Thracian tribe Maedi, of which the legendary rebel Spartacus originated. In 1215 Melnik turned into a capital of an independent feudal principality but in 1395 the Bulgarian lands, as well as Melnik, fell under Ottoman Dominion for whole 5 centuries.
During the 18th century, in the age of the Bulgarian Revival, the town was raised for new life. Melnik turned into a blooming, significant in size and population town, with a large market. The local tradespeople were selling their goods in Budapest, Wien, Genoa, Venice. Melnik also became famous in entire Europe for its good wine, with which it is famous even nowadays.
As a center of the ecclesiastic life in the region was recognized the Rozhen Monastery. It is the largest Orthodox monastery in the Pirin region. The monastery is comparatively well preserved to the present day and every year it is visited by many tourists from various countries.
The Melnik pyramids are a unique natural formation which attracts tourists from the whole world. It is considered that the present look of the pyramids has been caused by erosion of the clay soil. The Melnik pyramids are in a process of shaping and their appearance and shape are changing with time.
Melnik is declared a natural and architectural reservation, and it attracts thousands of tourists annually. The wine which is produced by the unique Bulgarian brand Wide Melnik Vine has a wonderful quality, scents of ripe cherry, herbs, and in the presence of an oak it develops nuances of tobacco and leather. It is one of the attractions of the town and the region, and it attracts many admirers from the whole world.
|NUMBER OF PEOPLE||PRICE PER PERSON|
|3 – 4||€ 30.00|
|5 – 6||€ 25.00|
|7 – 8||€ 20.00|
|THE PRICE INCLUDES:
• PRIVATE TRANSPORT FROM AND TO BANSKO • ENGLISH OR RUSSIAN SPEAKING GUIDE •
• VISITING KORDOPULOVA HOUSE & ROZHEN MONASTERY • WINE TASTING •
• FREE TIME FOR SHOPPING SOUVENIRS AND LUNCH •