Rila Monastery Nature Park

   Rila monastery Nature Park Directorate
   Rila 2630,
   st. Benkovski 2
   07054/ 22 93


Nature park Rilski manastir

General information

The Nature Park Rila Monastery was established during May of the year 2000.  Its territory is composed of 27,370.7 hectares of forest, meadow and alpine peaks. 13,000 hectares are alpine meadow.  The park was established in order to protect the ecologically valuable plant and animal communities existing here, as well as to preserve the remarkable diversity and beauty of the landscape.  Each of these natural resources is developed for tourism.

            Owing to the intense effects of high alpine weathering and the Rila massifs considerable gravitational force, here one may find typical alpine features such as scree and talus slopes.  Especially impressive from a geomorphologic point of view is the area around the Kipilova Meadow, including a fascinating stone rainbow and several high alpine peaks – The Evil Tooth (Zleeya Zub), Iglata, Koopenite, Lovneetsa, Orlovets, and Eleni Vruhk. The entire slope rising from the Rila River is deeply serrated with many gullies and couloirs, through which rage flashfloods, avalanches and rock slides.  The more famous of these gullies are Beliya Oolook, Dulgiya Oolook, and Varnika, known collectively as The Evil Streams.  Due to the action of glaciers during the Quaternary geologic period, there now is a considerable...


In Rila Monastery Nature Park the following activities are forbidden:
lighting a fire outside of the designated areas as specified by the Management Plan or organizational projects; areas where fires may be lit are indicated with a special symbol
cutting flowers, breaking branches and other actions which cause injury to plants
camping outside of the designated areas as specified by the Management Plan or organizational projects
crossing the Torfeno Branishte and Bistrishko Branishte reserves except along the marked paths specified by decree of the Ministry of Environment and Water or the Management Plan
crossing through zone 1 of the sanitary protective zones
In Rila Monastery Nature Park all construction is forbidden except that which is prescribed in the Management Plan and organizational and technical plans and projects.
In Rila Monastery Nature Park hunting is forbidden except in the territory of the Vitoshko State Game Station, where this takes place in accordance with the edicts of the Law for Hunting and Game Preservation and the Management Plan.
In Rila Monastery Nature Park harassing wild animals is forbidden, as is collecting and destroying...

For tourists

The attractive combination of unbelievable natural beauty and venerable culturally significant sites makes the Nature Park Rila Monastery an ideal place to visit.

            The Rila Monastery complex is an important point of interest from which the following tourist trails embark:

            -Rila Monastery – Kipilova Polyana – Soohoto Ezero – Kobilno Branishte

            -Rila Monastery - Kipilova Polyana – Ribni Ezera – Smradleevoto ezero

            -Rila Monastery – Maluovitsa

            -Rila Monastery – Seven Rila Lakes

            -Rila Monastery – Radovichka Reka – Heedja Macedonia

 … and many others.  Besides these listed routes, the international tourist route E4 (Pirin-Alps-Rila-Olympus) twists through the territory of the park.

            Tourists visiting the Nature Park Rila Monastery may lodge and dine at a number of hotels, heedjas (mountain huts), vacation bases and restaurants, all within a short distance from the park.

            These hotels are close to the park:

            “Tsarev Vruck” – telephone – 07054-2280

            “Rilets” – telephone – 07054-2106

            Immediately next to the monastery’s...