Apriltsi Accommodation Guide

Apriltsi a real paradise for hikers, mountain lovers and families.


Apriltsi is a paradise in Bulgaria!Come in Apriltsi, feel the unforgettable charm of this land, be our friends forever!

A boundless paradise valley in the heart of Bulgaria - this is Apriltsi! The calmness and the magnificence of the Balkan nature, the majesty of the snowbound peaks, the heady scent of flowers and herbs - this is the magnetic power of Apriltsi.

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Gastronomy


Gastronomy

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Apriltsi eco path Following the footsteps of the Balkan people


Apriltsi eco trail

A marked trail takes you to one of the most interesting protected areas in Bulgaria and introduces to you Central Balkan National Park. These lands have been known as the cradle ( Bulgarian traditions and culture. The route trail „Following the Footsteps of the Balkan People interprets the proud mountain residents and tells you about their settlements and lifestyle culture and traditions.

.Following the Footsteps of the Balkan People" crosses „Stokite" park region of Central Balkan National Park. The trail starts at the influx of Praskalska river and Turkish dol river, around 840 meters above sea level and goes up to 1 372 meters along Turkish rut. When yot reach the highest point of the trail - the Turkish rut meadow, you will see one of the stunning 360° panoramic views in Central Balkan to the series of peaks named Russalka, Ushite, Botev, Zhaltetz, Kostenurkata and Kupena to the valley of Apriltsi.

Here the path forks into two routes. The first one goes through a beech forest and reaches the shelter of Turkish dol locality, where the path joins the route named „Svinovete - the memorial of Tzanko Dyustabanov". and on a common path-bed goes back to its initial point -the watershed of the rivers Praskalska and Turkish dol.

The other route continues on the edge of the hill, crosses Turkish dol leftwards, goes into an old beech-fir forest then out to the crest where levels away and then slightly goes down to the locality of Svinovete. There the path forks - the one part leads to the shelter of Turkish dot locality and to the beginning of the trail, and the other part leads to the memorial of Tzanko Dyustabanov.

The route is about 9.5 km. Duration - 6 hours. Difficulty - medium.

Not recommended in winter.    

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Apriltsi Fauna


Apriltsi area  is located near the national park Central Balkan National Park.

Central Balkan is a sanctuary to the most majestic symbols of nature. It is a home of  brown bear, wolf, fed deer, roe deer, chamois and the-most numerous inhabitants wild boar.

No one can imagine wildlife without birds' songs. Unless it is not wintertide, you can watch or listen to some pf the most attractive ones.
Woodpeckers are especially valuable inhabitants of the park-among them the white-ticked.
In the Balkan Peninsula it is presented by its  sub-species - Lilford's woodpecker.
Owls' mating, calls echo in the dark spring nights. In the park you can hear almost all Bulgarian owl species - eagle owl, Ural's owl, Tengmalm's owl, and even the smallest of them all - pygmy owl.
Do not make noise, chase or disturb the wild animals.
If you notice an animal, keep at a safe  distance. Be very considerate of animals with offsprings.

BEAR

The ruler of the mountains is recognizable by the footprints - rear ones resemble these of a human being, but also have clearly distinctive claw prints. It inhabits woods, but goes up to the mountainous V pastures as well. About 800 Individuals live in Bulgaria and make the main body of the south European population of the species. National Park and its surrounding arеas provide the best life conditions tor bears in Bulgaria.
WOLF

Being widely spread in the past, nowadays this predator-is almost entirely exterminated by the man in Europe. The species is characteristic for its social behavior - a  wolf pack consists of 5-7 individuals. Wolves could live anywhere where there is enough food. The predecessor of domestic dogs in Scandinavia, Italy and Spain already inhabits just limited areas.
ROE DEER

The timid inhabitant of open woody areas is the smallest representative of the deer family that naturally occurs in the country. This specie's is characteristic for its graceful body, thin legs and neck. Only males have short antlers that they lose and re-grow every  yеar. There are about 700 individuals estimated in the park.
CHAMOIS

Chamois live at moderately high altitudes in mountains and inhabit steep and rocky terrain, in summer, their fur is a rich brown which turn to a light grey colour in winter. Distinct characteristic are a white face with pronounced black infraorbital stripes. Males and females have short horns which are slightly curled in the posterior direction.

WILD BOAR    

It is the wild ancestor of the domestic pig. It is native across much of Central Europe, the Mediterranean, including Atlas Mountains in North Africa and much of Asia as far south as Indonesia. Wild boars are active day and night, their taste, sense |of touch and hearing are well developed. Gregarious mammals, adult males living single except for the breeding season.
RED DEER

Astonishing for its stately figure, red deer is the second largest European deer. Hinds are fairly smaller without antlers. Stag's antlers may reach up tо 91 cm and weigh 3 kg each. Antlers are shed every year. They can grow at a rate оf 2.5 cm a day. The species is  primarily crepuscular
 

Flora


Apriltsi is a part of Central Balkan. Central Balkan National Park preserves for the world more than half of the flora species of Bulgaria. Just higher plants are over 1 900 ha
In Central Balkan National Park there are many rare and limited in their distribution plants called endemics. Ten of them are local occur only in the park. Bulgarian endemics are also 10 and the Balkan ones - 67. Highly valuable component of the park are the medicinal plants -166 species. The beech forests are the most common and most valuable ones - their realm spreads over 26 000 ha. They are fully natural, most of them centuries-old. Forests of trees  over 150 years old patriarchs take up more than 14 000 ha, and there are viable stands older than 240 years.

silver fit Silver Fir
(Abies alba Mill./

The silver fir could reach up to 50 m in height. The needles are flat dark-green above and having two white lines beneath. The cones of the tree are upright and large and after the maturation of seeds the cones fall apart. Occurs in high  mountains in Bulgaria and is generally distributed in central and southern Europe.

Common beech  (Fag us sylvatica L.)

This is the most typical forest tree in Apriltsi area and Central Balkan National Park. It occupies the largest area of all trees, could be found mostly on the northern slopes.  It has highly significant water retaining and water protection capacity.

European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus L.)

European hornbeam is frequently occurring species in Apriltsi area. It could be seen to grow together with either beech or oaks, but could form also pure stands. Its leaves resemble those of the beech, but are smaller. The species occurs up to about 1000 m above the sea level

Durmast oak, Sessile oak(Quercus dalechampii Ten)

The species is а tall tiee with typical lobed leaves with long leaf stems.  Its fruit are called acorns. Durmast oak grows mostly on the dry  southern slopes of Central Balkan the lower parts of Bulgarian mountains.
Common Aspen,Trembling Aspen (Topulus tremula)

The species is a tall tree, up to. 25 m, with soft timber. In windy weather Its leaves make typical sound. Common Aspen grows in lower and warm pats of the country, along river banks. The species distributed in Europe, and in northern Asia.
Hungarian Oak, Italian Oak (Quercus frainetto Ten)

In Bulgaria the species occurs widely up to about 1000 m a.s.l. in plains or on mountainous slopes with southerly, westerly or south-westerly exposure. In most cases it belongs to the composition of mixed deciduous  forests. The area of its natural  distribution covers Italy, South-Eastern Europe and Asia Minor
Norway Spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst)

Norway spruce is a very tall tree with a straight stem. The needles of the species are short and dark-green. The cones are cylindrical, hanging from the lateral branches. It is widely distributed
species in Central Balkan National Park and gives the aspect of one part of the coniferous forests here. The general distribution of the species covers entire Europe.
 
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