Pirin National Park, Pirin

#3 of 6 in Nature in Blagoevgrad Province
Pirin National Park is a national park that encompasses the larger part of the Pirin Mountains in south-west Bulgaria, spanning an area of 403.56km2. It is one of the three national parks in the country, the others being Rila National Park and Central Balkan National Park. The park was established in 1962 and its territory was expanded several times since then. Pirin National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. The altitude varies from 950 m to 2,914 m at Vihren, Bulgaria's second highest summit and the Balkans' third.
The park is situated in Blagoevgrad Province, the nation's south-westernmost region, on the territory of seven municipalities: Bansko, Gotse Delchev, Kresna, Razlog, Sandanski, Simitli and Strumyani. There are no populated places within its territory.
Two nature reserves are located within the boundaries of Pirin National Park, Bayuvi Dupki - Dzhindzhiritsa and Yulen. Bayuvi Dupki - Dzhindzhiritsa is among the oldest in Bulgaria, established in 1934 and is included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves under the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme. The whole territory is part of the network of nature protection areas of the European Union, Natura 2000.
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  • We stayed a couple of nights in Bansko where you can take the lift up the mountain or, if you have a car you can drive up to the first hut. You can also drive to the second hut if you get there before...  more »
  • In my opinion even more beautiful than the Rila massif. We passed through herds of cows all more beautiful than the others, horses and foals, surprised families of chamois who let us approach them at a reasonable distance. Be careful it's not just the landscapes that take your breath away! ;)
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