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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  • Pirin National Park. Hut Vihren is easy access gateway to the park.Car, gondola and walking possibilities to getting there.  more »
  • From Bansko It is quite easy to visit the Pirin National Park. Note: You can only reach the northern part of the park by car. You can drive about 15km in the park, and from that point you have to explore the area on foot. You can walk to Baikousheva Mura, an imposing 1300 year old Den and thus Bulgaria's oldest tree. You can make guided hikes in the woods in advance, but you won't find any clues on the spot here. For the more professional hikers a trip to the Vihren is possible. That is the highest mountain of the Pirin Mountains. The climb to the Vihrenberghut, through a marked Pat, takes about 2.5 hours. We have visited Bansko in the Easter holiday. It is then without exaggerating a ghost town. All shops and most restaurants are closed, there are hardly any tourists. The ski season stops in early April. We were only in transit. To fill our evening we decided to enter the park. The road to the summit, however, is only in part accessible, because on the mountain it is still quite hard to snow. However, it was very nice to go to-1 in less than an hourly drive from 17 degrees and to take a snow walk.
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