Bachkovo waterfall – one of the most beautiful and extravagant waterfalls in Bulgaria

Very close to the Bachkovo Monastery – among the most famous Bulgarian monasteries and the second largest after the Rila Monastery – there is a waterfall that throws its waters in different directions. It is Bachkovo Falls – one of the most beautiful and quaint waterfalls in Bulgaria.

Bachkovo waterfall
Bachkovo waterfall

The waterfall and the green cliffs beneath it form a small fairytale world, something like an amphitheater, different from everything around it. The waterfall is about 15 meters high and it is quite easy to go to the waterfall.

Bachkovo Falls - beautiful and quaint
Bachkovo Falls – beautiful and quaint

The area around is a natural reserve and is called the Red Wall. This reserve, just above Bachkovo, is home also to one of the highest waterfalls in the Rhodopes – the Slivodol falls.

Bachkovo Falls - a small fairytale world
Bachkovo Falls – a small fairytale world

We visited these waterfalls over the weekend – one waterfall on the way to and the other on the way back from Pamporovo resort. If you have your way there too, it’s worth taking a little time and go to the waterfalls.

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How to get to Bachkovo Falls

The path to the Bachkovo Waterfall starts on the outskirts of the village of Bachkovo, just opposite the Bachkovo Monastery – on the other side of the parking lot. If you get there by car, you can leave it there. There is also a parking lot down the road. There are separate charges for these two parking lots.

The path starts here - just against the Bachkovo Monastery
The path starts here – just against the Bachkovo Monastery

Near the parking lot there is an information plate with nearby attractions. The path to the falls is wide and it is easy and pleasant – there are no steep sections. After 10 minutes of walking, the trail branches off. The left sleeve that runs along the river should be caught there. From there to the waterfall is 5 minutes of walking.

So, it takes about 15-20 minutes in total from the monastery to the waterfall, depending on the tempo.

The other Bachkovo waterfall

Right at the down monastery parking, there is another waterfall flowing in the yard of the restaurant there. It is on the same river as the one above. Yes, this waterfall is not so tall and charming, but it is nice to see it and good to immerse yourself in the sounds of falling waters.

Waterfall in the restaurant
Waterfall in the restaurant

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