Bike tours on asphalt roads and eco trails


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  Elena Balkanis a perfectdestination forcycling. High in the mountain there are many paved roads offering picturesque view with no heavy traffic which makes them an ideal destination for cycling. Everyone can choose a suitable route, depending on their physical forces and training.

  Here is offered to your attention MAP OF THE ROUTES IN ELENA BALKAN where you can choose your destination.


  Here are our offers:

  1. Town of Elena- Yovkovtsi Dam Valchovtsi village Marafeltsi village town of Elena -3 hours

HPIM1353   The route starts and finishes in the town of Elena initially moving in a northwesterly direction. Tourists pass through some typical mountain villages -Yakovtsi, Valchovtsi, Titevtsi, and Marafeltsi. At the beginning large meadows and fields offer magnificent views towards the highest parts of the Balkan. The trail continues around "Yovkovtsi" Dam near two of its most beautiful sleeves.
  In Valchovtsi village is located one of the best hotel complex
es in the area – Truhcheva house offering great homemade Bulgarian dishes. If guests wish they can have a relaxing stay at the house and have lunch there.
  The trail continues in a beautiful forest, passing through several picturesque villages. And it seems that the best experience is going down the beautiful Gorge of Blaskovska river until the town of Elena is reached!


   2.Town of Elena Gorni Genovtsi village- Bagalevtsi village Toduvtsi village Elena - 4 hours

  The route starts from the center of the town of Elena initially moving in a northwesterly direction on a winding asphalt road. It passes through picturesque Balkan villages rare beech and pine forests, meadows. It reaches one of the largest river valleys in the region – the one near the river Veselina. Its clear water that descends from the high mountain feed “Yovkovtsi” dam. In Bagalevtsi village you can visit the small chapel, built with love by the people of the village.
The biking can be combined with sunbathing on the river bank. On one of its most picturesque corners there are rock steps, and below them the river has formed a deep pool. Optionally you can organize tasting Elena meat specialties on fire. The route continues near several neighborhoods and villages, and goes up to Elena-Tvarditsa Pass.It descends to Elena where you can see a wonderful view of the entire Elena valley.


   3. Town of Elena Ruhovtsi village Hristovski Waterfall Velkovtsi village town of Elena - 3 hours
  
   At the beginning the route moves in southeastern direction following the road to Sliven. At 4 km fromthe town of Elena the road turns to the right following the direction to Ruhovtsi village.From there a narrow asphalt road leads to Hristovtsi neighborhood and a small winding path takes you to the natural landmark-Hristovski waterfall. Miikovska river forms a syncline and water falls with thunder from 15 meters stepped rock formations. The western wall ofthe bedis formed bysheer cliff. In the area of ​​Hristovski waterfall in a beautiful beech forest there are BBQ, places with tables and benches, where a picnic can be organized with tasting of Elena meat dishes cooked on fire. After these unforgettable emotions the bicycle tour continues crossing a meadow, from where a magnificent view of the northern slopes of the Balkan mountain with the local leader-Chumerna peak / 1536 m / is revealed. The route crosses Nyushkovtsi neighborhood and reaches Velkovtsi village -one of the oldest villages in the region. Then the cyclists continue downhill and cross several mountain villages. After this walk, returning to the town of Elena tourists can say that they were really in touch with the beauty of Elena Balkan.

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   4. Town of Elena Ruhovtsi village - „Hristovski waterfall”- Ilakov rat village Hanevtsi village town of Elena - 3.30 hours

     In the beginning the route goes to the south following the main road to Sliven. 4 km from the town of Elena it changes its direction and continues to Ruhovtsi.Then a narrow asphalt road leads to the Hristovtsi neighborhood and a small winding path takes tourists to the natural landmark-Hristovski waterfall. Miikovska river forms a syncline and the water falls with thunder from 15 meters from stepped rock formations. The western wall of the bed is a sheer cliff where ifusing experienced instructors tourists can spoon by alpine rappel to the river.
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​​Hristovski waterfall in a beautiful beech forest there are BBQ, places with tables and benches, where can be organized: a barbecue or apicnic with tasting of traditional Elena meat dishes cooked on fire.Crossing abeautiful meadowone gets to theasphalt road. Bicycle march continues through the village Ilakov rat, where you can visit the beautiful church built in 1880.
  
The route passes near Hanevtzi village, where in summer sunbathing by Miikovska river is possible. Further, the path winds, passing through several villages, Lazartsi, one of the oldest villages in the region-Velkovtsi, Maytantsi and reaches the town of Elena.


   5. Town of Elena – Miikovtsi village (Ignatovtsi neighborhood )- Kostel village- Maryan village – town of Elena - 4.00hours


HPIM1979   The bike route starts from the bus station in the town of Elena and moves southwards, crossing the typical Balkan villages Maytantsi, Velkovtsi, Lazartsi.After about 40 minutes, the road enters the gorge of the Miykovksa river as this can be felt in the cool, fresh mountain air.
   The route passes through
a beautiful rare forest cut by gorges, descending to the river. By Miikovska river there are BBQ, places with tables and benches, where can be organized a barbecue or apicnic with tasting of traditional Elena meat dishes cooked on fire.In summer the holiday can include sunbathing by Borovishtitsa river.
  
Experienced instructors can “build” a rope trolley and using it tourists to pass over the river. In Miikovtsi village the rural tourism is well developed and the route passes by some of the guest houses. In the village is located the "St. Archangel Michael " church built of stone in 1894.

  The bicycle route continues passing through three of the nine neighborhoods of the village-Ralinovtsi, Ignatovtsi, Visokovtsi. At some places magnificent view of the northern slopes of the Balkan with the local leader-Chumerna peak / 1536 m / is revealed.
   The route crosses a beech forest and after that descends to the road. It winds by the cold waters of Kostelska river, whose spring is at the foothill of "Chumerna" peak. After that the villages Kostel, Chakali, Palitsi are crossed, a small chapel in the village of Maryan can be visited.
   From the village of Maryan to the town of Elena you continue on a wide asphalt road with a wonderful view to the mountains.


   For more detailed information - Tourist information center, town of Elena