-Location and How to Get There
is Momchilovtsi - it is located in the South East in the
Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria and in heart of the Central Rhodopes.
It is just a short drive from the Pamporovo Ski Resort and
its Municipality Town of Smolyan
This Rhodope village is placed high in the mountains
with an altitude of 1070-1280m and lies 240 km from the International
Airports of Sofia and 80 km from Plovdiv and 14 km from the nearest
town of Smolyan.
to Momchilovtsi - A bus service runs from Sofia
Bus Station to Pamporovo a couple of times
a day. With the recent opening of the new Plovdiv Airport the transfer
to Momchilovtsi has been significantly reduced from the 4 hours
from Sofia to 2 hours from Plovdiv.
There are also several local recommended companies who do airport
transfers for very competitive prices.
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The journey by road is very straightforward
from both airports etc and is well signposted in both English and
Bulgarian. When travelling South from Sofia, Plovdiv or
central Bulgaria the mountain journey starts at
Asenovgrad and travels up past Narechenski Bani, Hvyona, Chepelare
There are three routes into the
village: one from the North of the village from
Banite & Kutela.
The other two (mostly used) are
from the main Plovdiv to Smolyan road.
At the very top when you reach the
wide open space of Rozhen (about 5 minutes from
the right turn for Pamporovo) there is a road junction. At this
junction you can either carry straight on down into Sokolovci
at the bottom of the mountain road. Halfway through Sokolovci is
the left hand turning for Momchilovtsi village.
you can take the turning to the left that goes towards Laki,
past the Observatory and on to the beauty spot
of Haydushki Polyani. It is on this road that
the Fun (Snowboard) Park can be found at Kartola,
near the junction which leads down into Momchilovtsi
This route is slightly longer but is memorable and
picturesque all year round. At times, when the snow is deep, this
road is closed. But if you do decide to take this road when it is
open the views and scenery cannot fail to enchant and overwhelm
A feeling of being at peace with the environment
is pure magic to the senses. All feelings of stress and tension
are immediately swept away with the beauty of the surrounding hills.
As you drive towards the village through pine forests and fields
of swaying grasses and wild flowers, past small wooden huts and
buildings, the views will be engraved on your memory forever.
Then as you enter the village Momchilovtsi will
welcome you with open arms into its secure and calm atmosphere.
When it is time to leave you may do so with a tear in your eye.
You will not fail to take with you so many wonderful
memories of days spent in a little bit of heaven in the mountains
which will always have a special place in your heart.
It is said that if Bulgaria takes your heart she
will never give it back - this is most definitely true for