Hotel Stara Planina
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Hotel Stara Planina

There are stories that ancient peoples struggled terribly to decipher and explain the mountains of the Balkans. In Greek mythology, Atlases are mentioned, which support the heavens, and the legend also says that the largest and most beautiful of those supporting columns is Stara planina - the roof of Serbia. Without it, it is believed, the heavens would have collapsed on earth and its inhabitants. Stara Planina is a natural border between Serbia and Bulgaria. From its highest peak, Midžor (2169 meters), you can't see "all the seas of the Balkans", as the legends say, but what you can see are endless pastures, gold-bearing streams, old forests and wild blueberry plantations. On a clear morning the view goes all the way to the blue Danube.

Spring on Stara Planina

Freedom, infinity and beauty are the words used to describe Stara Planina. Even modern times could do nothing to her. It has kept its mystery, its holy places, ancient customs. Mountaineers, adventurers and naturalists, small and large, come back to her again and again, never able to agree at what period of the year she is the most beautiful. They agree on one thing: when you "conquer" Midzor at dawn, and there is nothing above you but a glowing ball of sunshine, you have the feeling that you are free to do whatever you want.

Summer on Stara Planina

Stara Planina has a wonderful climate and in summer it is a real pleasure to walk on its meadows. Fragrant grasses, the trembling of wings of the Stara Planina sedefica, the butterfly that lives only here, the air purified by the sudden summer rain and the breath of the pine trees…Around you, hajduk grass, St. John's wort, thyme, numerous species of orchids and like a cherry on top of the cake - drizzle, a carnivorous plant, who feeds on insects.

Autumn on Stara Planina

If you have never been here, imagine how for miles around you stretch centuries-old forests, reefs, mountain streams and waterfalls of incredible beauty. This is Stara Planina. Herds of horses come to the well and you can hear the leaves moving in the gentle breeze. The highest peak, Midzor, is easy to reach, because the path that leads there is flat and tame. However, at over two thousand meters, the weather changes quickly, so the walkers, who start their walk in the sun, often are greeted with a snowstorm on their return.

Winter on Stara Planina

The system of cable cars and ski tracks and the construction of accommodation capacities, has contributed to Stara Planina becoming a valuable tourist area. On the heights around Midzor and Babin Zub, the snow stays for up to 150 days a year, and in sheltered places it sometimes stays until June. The "Konjarnik" and "Sunny Valley" ski tracks with a four-seater cable car and the first gondola in Serbia are used by up to 1,500 skiers per hour during the winter.In addition to classic skiers, Stara Planina has also been discovered by those who are "more extreme", so it is increasingly a "target" for those who enjoy snowboarding.

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