Waterfalls are considered to be nature’s positive vibe generators. No wonder they are, since the watery air that is coming from the waterfalls is full of negative ions.
When standing near a waterfall, we absorb the negative ions through breathing, and once they enter the body the production of those “happy hormones” like serotonin is increased.
That causes relief of stress and depression and boosts our energy and positive vibes.
Grab your tea and start making your Balkan’s Bucket list with the below Must-See waterfalls. The journey starts from up north with Slovenia and ends with Bulgaria.
Some of them being among the biggest waterfalls in Europe and wrapped with morbid stories and legends for that extra experience.
Let’s jump in! Or was it dive-in?
Top 5 Waterfalls In Slovenia
The magic of the Virje waterfall is blending with the mystical mountain greenery created by centuries-old woods and inhabited by many wild animal species.
Glijin stream created from the subterranean waters of Kanin Mountain range falls into a 12 m high waterfall. The water is cold and even though it is welcoming the visitors it’s not suitable for swimming.
The Gliji Stream is one of the rare karstic springs that don’t dry up during the year. In summer the flow is influenced by the heavy rains and the melting snow like any other watery mountain creation.
How to reach Virje waterfall:
From the Pluzna Village along the road towards the artificial lake the one should follow the directions for Virje.
This waterfall is located in the northwestern part of Slovenia, it is 78 meters high and the water comes from a karst spring called by the same name as the fallsNear the waterfall is the Ukanc Village in Triglav National Park. If it’s your first time in Bohinj, you must visit this dazzling beauty.
Savica is very unique in the world of waterfalls, its watercourse is divided in two parts in the hidden undergrounds. It is fed by the waters from the Valley of the Triglav Lakes and Prsivec that flow to it through a horizontal cave tunnel.
How to reach Savica waterfall:
Savica Lodge located in the western part of Lake Bohinj is the nearest starting point to the waterfalls and it takes around 15 min to reach them.
Koča pri Savici hut is a starting point for hikes to Komna and the Valley of the Seven Triglav Lakes. The first hiking trail leads from Dom Savica on the left side (not in the direction of the waterfall) through the Pekel valley. The hike to the Dom na Komni hut takes approximately three hours.
The second hiking trail goes across the bridge over the Savica by the hut and then towards Komarča. The steep and sometimes quite open but well-secured trail with magnificent views takes you first to the Crno Jezero Lake and then to the hut at the Dvojno Jezero Lake (a 4 to 5-hour walk).
This is maybe the most water-rich and the mightiest waterfall in Slovenia.
Dropping from about 144meters and spreading at over 18 meters, Boka is one of the biggest in Europe too. During spring and autumn, the flow of the water is strongest due to the melting snow and heavy rainfall.
To spice things up a bit on the dark side, this waterfall has its legend, the Balkan version of Hansel and Gretel.
Young brother and sister wandered around the forest, hungry, looking for mushrooms. But instead of mushrooms, they ended up finding what looked like an abandoned house.
They wanted to see what’s inside and encountered an old lady.
She fed the hungry kids and while they were eating their food, she took the time to go outside the house and sharpen her axe, intending to kill both. Yup, morbid as it can be.
However, her plan failed once the boy saw her, sensed her attention, and hid behind the door.
When the time was right, he firstly used a stick and then finished her with the axe.
Or at least that’s what the legend says.
Once she started bleeding, her blood turned into water that created the waterfalls.
Bit of creeps shouldn’t be the reason not to visit this majestic piece of art, on the contrary.
You can boost your serotonin and probably find some mushrooms. The good ones!
How to reach Boka Waterfalls:
Take the Bovec-Zaga road and on the right side of the bridge, you will notice a well-marked path leading to a panoramic viewpoint. Take a 15-minute walk and you will reach the waterfall.
Falling from the steep rock forming a natural basin and cascading one more time down makes Fratarica a perfect place for the adrenaline junkies.
The waterfall is a dangerous place to climb on and even the road there is not an easy one.
If you are going to do it anyway, and want to see the cascade from above, be careful and watch your step. It is worth it!
The view is mesmerizing not just when you look down at the waterfall, but the surrounding environment as well, which consists of breathtaking forests and the sublime walls of the narrow gorge.
How to reach Fratarica waterfall:
Start from the Log pod Mangartom you will reach the Mangart Tavern. Here you will cross the Koritnica River and turn left toward the waterfall.
The Kozjak Stream with its waterfalls is a protected natural treasure.
This is an exquisite hiking destination during the summer days, and its natural setting creates the image of a heavenly place hidden from the world by tall, dark walls, covered in limestone sediments.
The Kozjak Stream flows through multiple pools and six waterfalls. Two of them are accessible for visitors: Veliki Kozjak and Mali Kozjak Waterfall. In order to admire this emerald green heaven, you will have to pay a pass worth 10 euros.
How to reach Kozjak waterfalls:
There is a hiking trail that will lead you to the waterfall. Walking down the path, you will pass through small wooden bridges and reach the terrace with an overwhelming view of the rocky amphitheater with a green pool and a white beam of water.
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Gologoricki Dol Waterfall
Like with many other waterfalls the level of water in these rivers during summer is low, and as the rainy season comes the level grows and enriches the waterfall showing it in all its glorious beauty.
It also offers a memorable swimming experience too!
The lake is not so small as the other waterfall basins and it gives you the opportunity to swim and observe the fish swimming in the lake indicating the cleanness of the water.
The waterfall belongs to Restoran Agroturizam which offers homemade cooked dishes. You can also pick elder, blackberry and mushrooms around the forest, or ride a horse as the local business offers that as well. Wait for the rainy day to happen and head to Gologoricki Dol.
How to reach Gologoricki Dol waterfall:
Since the waterfall is near the town of Cerovlje, you can drive to the waterfall, park in the parking lot, and a short 100 m long walk will take you directly there.
Zarecki Krov Waterfall
A cave shaped waterfall located in Istria! How does that sound, nature lovers?
Zarecki Krov Waterfall is a cave shaped reminiscent of a roof located near Pazin in Istria, which is why it got its name.
It is where the river Pazincica, creates a 10 m high waterfall above the cave. The waterfalls end into a lake, becoming the main attraction for swimmers.
The clean emerald water calls you for a refreshment, even if you’re not willing to swim. Zarečki Krov also visited during the winter when the water is frozen gives you an amazing overview of the beautiful ice flowstones.
In summer, tourists come for refreshment, to have a picnic or to enjoy the beautiful central Istrian nature.
How to reach Zarecki Krov waterfall:
While Zarecki Krov waterfall is off the beaten path, it is very accessible if you have a car. There are two roads that you can use to reach the waterfall, and both have free parking. Just type in Pazin waterfalls into google maps, and drive your car to the end of either of those roads. I came from the road from the Northside, and after parking, at the end of the road, it was only a 5-minute walk to the waterfall.
The waterfall can be viewed throughout the whole year and praises the network of paths and bridges comfortable for safe walking.
All down the riverbank of Krka River you will find renovated water mills, rolling mills, and washing columns used for centuries and deserted and then restored in all their beauty and necessity.
For centuries they have exploited the power of the river for the needs of the villages around the river.
Perpetuating the traditional architecture, some mills are turned into souvenir shops or exhibition areas for ethnographic collections.
How to reach Skradinski waterfall:
From April to November free bus transfers for individual visitors are available from the entrance to the Skradinski Buk.
The other entrance is in Skradin, where from April to November visitors to the waterfalls are transported by boats.
Hikers or cyclers can reach the Skradinski Buk along an 875 m trail from the Lozovac, or Skradin along a 4 km trail.
Veliki Slap-Plitvice Waterfalls
This Croatian Heaven is situated near the village of Plitvica at the end of the lakes.
The waterfall Veliki Slap glorifies nature by being the highest waterfall in the Plitvice National Park.
Veliki Slap translates to “The great waterfall” formed by the river Plitvice thundering in a single drop, over 78 m height in the river Korana.
This is the most beautiful part of the Plitvice National Park and when standing at the riverside and having a great view of Veliki slap you can feel the energy coming into you and purifying your soul.
The general opinion about Plitvice waterfalls is as if it’s one waterfall, but the river Korana cascades down in over 158 m long trail forming dozens of waterfalls.
It is probably one of the most memorable waterfall attractions in the world, and apparently, it has been a tourist attraction since the 19th century.
Not until one sees them in person can one understand how big and mesmerizing they are. They were also named by a famous Croatian opera singer.
Now, how to navigate Plitvice?
Rushing through this place is not recommendable, you’d really want to take your time to thoroughly enjoy the many ways you can experience this network of waterfalls.
To get a handle of how enormous Plitvice Lakes are, you can divide the complex into Upper Lake and Lower Lake and each section is easily walkable in a half-day.
The Lower lakes are, so-called, more “organized” and bigger, with the terrain being more of a rugged gorge.
You’ll take a long series of steps to overcome the steepness of the gorge walls. The highlight of the Lower lake is the 70 meter Veliki Slap and the 25-meter drop of the Sastavci Waterfall.
The Lower Lake also includes the Sulpjara Cave as well as the wide and attractive Velike Kaskade ( The Great Cascades).
Moving to the Upper Lake, the lakes and waterfalls seem to be wider through the falls themselves are shorter.
The waterfalls towards the top are mostly of a smaller percolating variety, while the ones towards the lower end have more travertine-like waterfalls.
The upper area is also prone to be busier because of the tour groups crowding the area.
Pair of shuttles are operating to and from the Upper and Lower area, as well as boats between the docking areas.
But if you choose to walk instead, it will take around 8 hours for the full loop of the park.
Seeing this heaven will cost you 20 euros.
How to reach Veliki Slap-Plitvice waterfall:
Take road 42 towards Poljanak/Saborsko follow the signs Plitvica Selo.
You will arrive at a small bridge, where you will see the sign on the left side of the road’’ Veliki Slap’’ and the walk for a couple of min to the waterfall.
Roški Slap Waterfall
Roski Slap is the last waterfall on the Krka River and it was named by the Rog-hill Fort which once stood near the river in a glorious form.
It is located in the Krka National park.
Having an admission, try to fit a visit to this waterfall on the same day as a visit to Skaradinski Buk if you can.
Normally national parks imply protection from human intervention but this is not the case here, many private farms are there in the middle of the waterfall as you drive across the top of the Roski Slap.
The main waterfall falls 15 meters into Visovac Lake. Fun fact about the waterfall is that in 1910 a hydroelectric plant was constructed on the right bank of the river and also there is an old Roman Road over the waterfall.
There are dozens of mills on the banks of the river and many of them are functioning after they were restored.
How to reach the Roški Slap waterfall:
From the Promina side, you can reach the waterfall via the road Drnis-Siritovci, and from the Bukovac side, from the village of Laskovica.
Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Montenegro
The famous “Niagara Falls of Montenegro” is what people call this miracle of nature. Cijevna Waterfalls are the most famous and most grandiose falls in the country.
Of course, it is much smaller than its namesake, but the similarity between both is striking.
Located near Podgorica it attracts visitors mostly from the city and recently from all around the world since tourists started traveling to the Balkan.
The river Cijevina itself falls from the Prokletije mountains near the Albanian border, and when the snow from the mountain tops melt in the spring, the river is swollen with water and runs beside endless vineyards and fields into the Moraca river and Lake Skadar.
The river and the falls have restaurants all along the river bank, offering various dishes, and normally, the river fish specialties.
The ‘’Niagara’’Falls are most impressive during spring and summertime or after a rainy day.
How to reach Cijevna waterfalls:
The waterfalls are accessible from two roads. One is from Tuzi and the other one is from Podgorica. The roads are well marked and the access to the waterfalls is easy.
Grlja Canyon And Waterfall
Grlja is a part of the river Skakaivca and It flows toward the city of Gusinje after merging with the waters of Ali-Pasha’s springs.
The Grlja Canyon is a spectacular sight where the Vusanski stream melds the Vusanje river, and this is how the canyon procures its name.
As the Vusanje river flows downwards in the Grlja canyon, its mesmerizing water dance becomes wilder and wilder and forms some of the most spectacular Montenegro waterfalls looking like an entrance to a mysterious underworld.
How to reach Grlja Canyon And Waterfall
The waterfalls are is located around 2.2 km away from the Jela Resort, and can be reached through the forest.
The cobblestone road offers parking and also space for camping. It starts from the village Vusanje and continues to the spring Oko Skakvica (Eye).
From its basin, through a stone dam, the spring forms the river Skakvica long 2.5 km. which forms these waterfalls. The river formed a small canyon in order to reach the heavenly green valley.
Top 4 Waterfalls In Bosnia & Herzegovina
Pliva Waterfall is amongst the 12 most beautiful waterfalls in the world, belonging to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Its height is 17 meters and it’s believed to exist for around 50 000 years. It’s uniqueness also lies in the fact that this is the only waterfall in the world that joins the two rivers Pliva and Vrbas.
If you are not yet convinced to visit it, take a look at its location.
Each year this town in Bosnia and Herzegovina gets more and more visits, not only from its neighbors but from travelers around the globe.
How to reach Pliva waterfall:
To see this stunning waterfall you won’t need your hiking shoes since it’s allocated in the heart of the city of Jajce.
Fojnica town is located in central B&H and it’s mostly known by the Franciscan Monastery Spa resort.
Maybe their hard-to-reach location makes them a little bit less know yet, there is so much to be seen there and one should not allow being stopped from the challenging terrain. Luckily for you, we feature them in this article so they won’t remain hidden from your senses.
This glorious beauty is located 10 km from Fojnica and as soon as you reach t there you’ll find it very hard to leave. The feeling of the synchronization with the waterfall will overwhelm you and take your breath away.
How to reach Kozica waterfalls:
From Sarajevo A1 road will lead you to the west, where you transfer on M5 to Kiseljak.
After Kiseljak the road R438 will take you to Fojnica and from there to Dragacici. After the car drive, you will have to walk for 1,7 km to reach the path going to river Kozice and there you will find the waterfalls.
Martin Brod Waterfall
Una National Park is a place with staunching nature and home to a carefully preserved, beautiful waterfall called Marta’s Ford (Martin Brod). Hidden for ages, this waterfall got its name from a legend about a beautiful girl called Marta.
Her parents did not approve of her love for the curly-haired boy, and one day, in the late evening, she set off over the Una to her lover. She took the ford which was made from slippery river rocks but she slipped and fell into the rapids. Her golden locks float for a while just to forever disappear moments later, drowning in the water.
The waterfall is near the village of Martin Brod and the air around is filled with the power of the river and the water falling down the rocks in all their strength.
Here Una River falls at 20 meters, creating the glorious Tufa waterfall. Martin Brod waterfall is a series of rapids, cascading over 54 m long falls. This is the largest complex of waterfalls in the Una National Park
How to reach Martin Brod waterfall:
From Bihac to the south over road R408 that will take you to the village of Martin Brod.
Another simple way to reach Una National Park is by car. The place has 6 entrances.
Imagine, surrounded by trees, a hidden paradise featuring a group of massive waterfalls, with a natural pool at the base where you can swim! Welcome to Kravice Waterfalls. It’s not a cliche, it IS indeed a paradise.
Their height is 25 meters and they sometimes are referred to as mini Niagara falls. The river Trebizat forms them with its blue-green water and they have been protected as a natural rarity since 1954.
The place is close to neighboring Croatia, so you can also easily include it in your Croatia trip too. Located 40 km away from Mostar, and is easily accessible.
Swimming, camping, rope swinging, or even picnic, plenty of things you can find yourself enjoying while in Kravice. The place also has small coffee shops nearby and restaurants offering delicious fish specialties.
How to reach Kravice waterfall:
The drive from Mostar to Kravice Waterfalls is around 45 km and will not take you more than one hour. You will have to go via Ljubuski.
From Mostar, you need to drive on to the R424 and cross Čule, Sretnice, Čitluk, Međugorje, and then change to M6 from Ljubuski. From Ljubuski, Kravice Waterfalls are just 10 minutes away.
There are many group tour options from Mostar to Kravice Waterfalls and it makes sense to check them out in case you’re not renting a car.
Top 5 Waterfalls in Serbia
Near Prijepolje in southwest Serbia, you will find the village called Sopotnica, located on the lower slopes of Jadovnik Mountain.
The village is in the Valley of Lim River surrounded by mountains well known for their wild nature and natural resources.
Near the village, you will find a lot of natural springs and herbs. One of the most beautiful waterfalls of Serbia found its palace on the slopes of Jadovnik Mountain near the village.
The waterfall can be reached only by walking on a well-marked stoned trace.
With its cold water, fresh air, and astonishing nature surrounding it the water comes from several springs.
Carving its path downfall the mountain, the waterfall splits into several branches forming separate waterfalls falling down the slope in all its glory.
It is protected with second-degree protection of National Treasure since 2005.
How to reach Sopotnica waterfall:
It is 300 km far from Belgrade. It takes between five and six hours of drive by the Ibar highway. When you pass the town of Prijepolje, after 11 km you will see a board called “Lucice”.
Turn left toward the village of Lucice and cross a wooden bridge. Do not worry, the bridge is safe for cars. Follow the signposts and after 6 km you will reach the lodge “Sopotnica”, where you can sleep.
There is a turn right after Prijepolje toward Sopotnica, but do not go that way. At the end of this asphalt road is a bad macadam road.
It is necessary to drive for 2-3 km by this road if you want to reach the mountain lodge.
A circular path, which is 2 km long, will lead you from the lodge to the waterfalls and cascades. Markings are poor.
Just follow the path and you will find out where to go without a problem. The distance between the lodge and the first waterfall is a 15 minutes walk. The path passes by the waterfalls and cascades.
Two facts about this mesmerizing beauty, its river is the shortest one in Serbia, and it’s the only one in Europe that ends into a waterfall.
The river Vrelo emerges from a powerful spring long 354 meters (Therefore the nickname The “Year river”) before it ends in the river of Drina at an altitude of 243 meters at the foot of the mountain Tara. It may be the shortest river in the world, but having a great, powerful source from which water gushes whitish makes it not less memorable than any other longer river.
The river and the waterfall never stop running since the water comes from a very powerful spring.
There is a restaurant on the river-side, where you can stay and listen to the sound of the river while you have your Californian Salmon fish coming from the river cooked to perfection.
How to reach Vrelo waterfall:
After reaching town Perucac, take a bus that will leave you at your destination.
Stopića Cave Subterranean Waterfall
Now, this is something worth visiting!
If you are on a hunt for a nearly unrealistic and adventuristic location while in Serbia, this is a must-visit!
On the Mount of Zlatibor, there is the most known tourist attraction located in the western part of Serbia. In the Stopica Cave which is located near Uzice town, you’ll witness an underground waterfall! waterfall! It’s a river cave stream coming from the springs of the Trnavica River.
The entrance is 711 meters above sea level, 18 meters high, and 35 meters wide. The Stopića cave has five sections: the Light Hall, the Dark Hall, the Great Hall with Pools, the Channel with Pools, and the River Channel.
It is not very rich in cave formations, but it can boast of amazing inter pools, some of which are even 7 meters deep.
The slopes are divided according to the cave galleries.
The Great Hall is where the waterfall pools are, The Channel also has pools and there is the River Channel. Recent research has discovered that the amount of water passing through the Stopića cave is three times less than the amount of water that enters the cave, thus it is certain that there are still some undiscovered channels.
The cave and the water from the stream are reflecting the temperature from outside. During winter it is cold and during summer it is warm. This will leave your jaw on the ground with its uniqueness and surroundings.
How to reach Stopića Cave underground waterfall:
The access road to the cave has recently been built. There is a new path leading to the cave, a large parking lot, and a path leading into the cave, continuing through the cave and leading inside the cave. The inside of the cave is illuminated.
The uniqueness of this waterfall is that it’s coming from underground springs that are paving their path through the mountain and are falling from a tall stone structure covered in moss. It has a very unusual structure that resembles a tall stone sculpture, standing at about 760 meters above sea level.
The waterfall is on a thin but strong slope.
The water from the spring never stops and this allows the waterfall to create astonishing ice sculptures during winter time when the water freezes.
The name “Prskalo” translates to “Splashed”, and despite its small size, the water that drops has a quite powerful force.
How to reach Prskalo Waterfall:
Coming from Resavica town you have to follow the road signs to Nekudovo Valley.
When you reach the valley, instead of turning left to the Resavica river, you have to keep it straight.
After a while, you will notice a sign by the road pointing you in the direction of the waterfall.
Besides having the highest peak in Serbia, Stara (Old) Mountain has one of the most interesting places to visit and let’s say dangerous sports to try.
The waterfall of Tupavica is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Serbia.
Besides having the title of the best of the best, it also has the title of the only place here that can support one of the high adrenaline sports such as ice climbing during wintertime.
No need to waste more words, just enjoy this magnificent sight!
YES, the waterfall freezes during winter and allows you to enjoy its breathtaking frozen slopes and climb on them, too.
How to reach Tupavica waterfall:
Reachable only by SUV or by hiking down the road that follows the Dojkinac River It’s around 4.5 km of macadam road which has no oscillations and it will take an hour of walk.
Top 3 Waterfalls In Albania
On Mount Tomorr the asperous lithified sediment has been hollowed out by the waters of the Sotira Waterfall.
The river falls from the cliff at various heights starting from 20-100 m, forming the Sotira River. There is untouched nature around the waterfall, bushes of all sizes, and tall trees surrounding the basin of the waterfall.
Is it one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Albania? Absolutely!
This is an unforgettable, hypnotic scene and It cannot be missed.
Wear the right pair of shoes and you will probably be able to get closer to the waterfall. A path has been created to maximize the whole experience!
How to reach Sotira waterfall:
The trip starts from the town of Gramsh 16 km far from the waterfall. From Gramsh to Sotira Village the road is good, from Sotira there is a flagstone road and can take an hour and a half to the waterfall.
Many natural places in Albania are yet to be discovered. One of them is the Shëngjergji (Saint George) Waterfall located in the enchanting surrounding of Gropa Mountain.
The waterfall is one of the most visited places near Tirana, and it was just discovered by the public merely two years ago, so this is indeed an untouched nature’s fairy tale.
Frequently visited by both locals and tourists, it is surrounded by colorful and lush vegetation, accompanied by stratified rocks that glisten transcendently in the sunlight.
An otherworldly experience you won’t be able to forget in a lifetime.
To add up to your experience, before visiting the waterfall, the beautiful lake of St, George is just 45-minute drive away from the waterfalls which you can make your first stop, and enjoy its tranquil surroundings.
How to reach Shëngjergji waterfall:
By car from Tirana on the Tirana-Shëngjergji road.
This sleeping pearl under the Tomorri Mountain has its water falling from 20 m height.
Finding its way through the graveled rocks and forming a lake underneath approachable for culling down in the summertime.
The waterfall lake is also surrounded by rocky forms on which you will see various plant types coming out to enjoy the mesmerizing waterfall and greet the warm sun.
The origin of its name Bogova comes from the Slavic language and translates to “Of the Gods”. No wonder why it has its name.
The scenery will immerse you in a tropical paradise, that seems to not have been touched at all. Indeed the last one of the Albanian sequence shows this country’s great potential when it comes to nature’s wonders and local tourism.
How to reach Bogova waterfall:
Once you reach the village Bogova, on the left bank of the Osumi Valley, from the centar follow the trail in front of the bus station for about 30 minutes on foot and then walk alongside the river until you reach the waterfall.
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Located in the northwest part of Macedonia, below Macedonia’s highest peak Mount Korab (2754 m), this waterfall is something that should not be missed during your nature’s treasure hunt in this country.
Falling from between 100 and 138 meters, the waterfall is fed from the melting snow which makes it a seasonal one, and the best time to admire it is during the spring.
When it reaches 138 meters, it is the highest waterfall on the Balkan Peninsula.
This attraction of great importance has its highest water levels in May and June, and only if the summers are super dry does it cease to exist in late August and early September.
Its location is in Mavrovo National Park, and that gives you a chance to hike from two different trails in order to reach it.
How to reach Korab waterfall:
From Nistrovo village, which takes around 4 hours through different landscapes from dense forest, hills, rocks to snow.
And the second option is to follow the Dlaboka River, a hike which is a bit shorter but a lot duller compared to the first one.
You should be cautious while hiking here since the trail is not marked well, sometimes is covered with bushes and small trees, and you get an encounter with wild bears.
Following a well-experienced guide that already knows the area is preferable.
In the Mavrovo National Park lies a watery pearl, falling off a 30-meter high cliff into a small basin and cascades into the Rostushe River.
The spectacular waterfall freezes during wintertime, but water drops do not stop appearing out of this phenomenon.
The nature that surrounds you while you walk to reach the waterfall is indescribable.
It’s a fairy-tale-like forest from the first step. You won’t be able to enjoy it enough, if you choose to reach it on a sunny day, the rays will gently touch your face through the dark greenery and you won’t feel like you are walking but rather floating through.
In lack of words to describe the beauty of the Rostushe area, indeed!
How to reach Duf waterfall:
Taking the bus to Rostushe village and arriving at the center of the village.
From the village, you can ask some of the locals to point the direction or you can go back to the entrance of the village and around 300 meters down the road on its right side you will see a small trail and a mark pointing the way to the waterfall.
In approximately a kilometer walk, you will reach the waterfall.
Located near the town of Strumica on the western side of Belasica Mountain the river Baba cascades in a beautiful waterfall near the village of Koleshino at an altitude of 600 meters.
This is not the only waterfall that can be visited while in the area.
The side of Belasica offers many small ones in a range of kilometer or two, with well-marked trails, easily reachable by both foot or car.
With its 15 meter height and composed streams, this waterfall is one of the most consolidated in this area.
There are hiking trails around the waterfall and picnic areas with benches and barbeque stands well arranged and equipped. In Koleshino, you will also see a specific kind of fern, the so-called Royal Fern (Osmunda regalis). The fern grows up to 2 meters high and covers an area of 500 square meters and is used in the textile industry.
You can enjoy this waterfall throughout the whole year. In summer, tuck inside the green surroundings to cool off in fresh soothing air, and in winter, calm yourself in the ice landscape and silence.
Small river crabs swim in the crystal clear water, you won’t feel disturbed but rather amused. Several mountain gazebos are available also for a picnic or a small snack.
How to reach Koleshino waterfall:
From Strumitsa with a car or bus to the restaurant Tutija (Koleshino village), which is a starting point for the waterfall.
And from the restaurant to the waterfalls there is an easy ascending hike around 1 km long.
Belasitsa Mountain doesn’t stop surprising you with only Kolesino Waterfall, just wait until you pass a few more kilometers and reach the village of Smolare.
Just nearby the Macedonian-Bulgarian border, you will witness the mesmerizing nature and feel the freshness of the wholesome springs create a powerful waterfall called Smolare Waterfall. Located 600m above sea level, the waterfall is 39.5 m high and surrounded by green plants and thick forest.
The area is well marked and the waterfall is easy to find.
The area has picnic and camping sites. Stone stairs are made wil wooden handrails to ease the hike, but nothing that requires too much.
This waterfall represents a geomorphologic, geological and hydrological uniqueness.
On your way to see it, do not forget to make new friends with the locals and try one of the best apples, cucumbers and other local vegetables or sip on coffee at the local restaurant.
How to reach Smolare waterfall:
Once you reach the town of Strumitsa, take the local road towards the Macedonian-Bulgarian border, to the village of Novo Selo.
Once you reach Novo Selo, the road has a sight to Smolare village.
Park in the village center or continue up to the restaurant that also offers a free parking lot. By foot, walk for around 30 minutes through the mountain on the sloppy stone stairs and you will reach your destination.
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Rilska Skakavica Waterfalls On Rila Mountain
The waterfall of Skakvitsa on Rila Mountain freezes every winter because it’s located on the peak of Kabul at 1.750 m above sea level.
The waterfall is one of the main attractions for the hikers visiting Rila Mountain. The combination of visiting the 7 Rila lakes and the waterfall is a hiking trip on this mountain that you wouldn’t want to miss.
The best time to visit is May / June, when the water debit is highest. Along the river, rare flowers blossom and add to the beauty of this area.
How to reach Rilska Skakavica waterfalls:
You can take a trip to Skakavitsa Lodge (the oldest one in Bulgaria, built-in 1922) from the village of Sapareva Banya. Then take the 4-hour hike to the waterfalls.
Raysko Praskalo Waterfall
The name of the waterfall means ‘’ Heavenly Waterfall ‘’ and sure does it look like the water is coming from Heaven itself.
Located at the central part of Stara Mountain, at the foot of peak Botev.
This majestic waterfall belongs to the territory of the natural reserve Dzhendema. It gets its frothy water from the snowy drifts of Peak Botev.
The waterfall is 124.5 m high and it’s the tallest permanent waterfall in the whole Balkan Peninsula. Located in the Central Balkan National Park in Bulgaria it’s recommended for a visit during springtime or late autumn when the water flow is at its peak.
We lack words to describe how beautiful all this setting is.
To reach the lower part of this natural phenomenon the water is broken down into millions of small drops and that gives all the charm of this waterfall.
How to reach Raysko Praskalo waterfall:
Take the road from the Ray Hostel in the town of Kalofer and then take an off-road hiking trail 4-5 hours long.
Krushuna Waterfalls carry the name of the village of Krushuna located near the waterfalls.
Having the title of the biggest waterfall in Bulgaria, its purpose is to spread happiness and refreshment to its visitors.
The eco-path that was built here, allows the tourist to admire the wild and mesmerizing nature around the waterfall and the cave where the waterfall is hidden.
These waterfalls are the highest travertine cascade in the country, with unique picturesque scenery offering the visitors eyes full of lush vegetation and numerous, round-shaped terraces with mineral water.
The water in the area with its 58 C degrees has been found to have beneficial effects on rheumatism, skin problems, and gynecological conditions among others.
The local people believe in the healing power of this water and many still go to the waterfalls to go a ritual for good health on St, George’s day (celebrated on May 5th).
If you wish to visit this waterfall, during the weekdays are quiet and the weekends make this place crowded with tourists looking to cool down.
How to reach Krushuna waterfall:
The falls are easily accessible from road 301 and also there is public transport from Lovech to the Village of Krushina.
To reach the falls from the parking lot and the village you will walk for 20 minutes.
Then, another 30- 45 minutes to get to the spring depending on the time one takes to marvel at the sights along the way. You will be also charged a symbolic fee.
One of the highest waterfalls in Bulgaria called Skaklya waterfall is located south of Zasele hamlet near Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria.
It’s 85 m high and it’s positioned near the village of Gara Bov.
The Skaklya river pours its waters down an impressive rocky ledge rising some 230 meters from the ground, making everyone fall in love with these sights immediately.
If you choose to visit this place during winter, astonishing icy formations will welcome you when in summer, the sun rays combined with the water drops will throw a true light spectacle in front of your eyes.
Both ways – magnificent!
How to reach Skaklya waterfall:
Starting from the village of Gara Bov take the Vazova trail. That’s one of the trails that can take you to the waterfalls. The other one is the Zasele trail which leads to the top of the waterfall.
The Canyon Of Waterfalls
The challenge is real!
Discover 46 waterfalls along a beautiful eco-trail.
You will pass across shaky bridges, climb wooden ladders all by feeling the refreshing spray from the waterfalls. Inhale deep from the fresh air of the Rodopi Mountains, you won’t be to blame if you feel like a Little Red Riding Hood.
Orpheus, being the highest one, reaching 68 meters will challenge you to cross numerous wooden zigzagging bridges between both sides of the river Elenska.
The most appropriate time to visit this place is at the beginning of summer when the water levels are pretty high and everything around is green.
But if you are more of an autumn lover, then prepare your senses for the red-golden landscape you won’t be able to forget.
How to reach Canyon of waterfalls:
The starting point is the western suburb of Sredoka on the way to the village of Mugla. When you reach an old garage after a while you will see an exit to the right. Turn there and you will see a small sign pointing to the canyon.
If you want to experience serenity and calmness you should visit the largest and the most beautiful waterfall in Vitosha Mountain.
It’s located near Sofia and every mountaineer will show you the way to the waterfall proudly talking about the hiking adventures they had.
The waterfall is 20 meters high and works its magic in spring when the welting snow is contributing to its fullness.
On a green sunny day, it can be spotted from the center of the capital. It is easily accessible though not by car.
The well-marked path will allow you not to get lost. Just before reaching the waterfall you will pass a steep area where caution is needed but after a while, it will all be worth it, the sight in front of your eyes will be extraordinary!
How to reach Boyana waterfall:
The waterfall can be reached by hiking trails.
One climbs steeply against Boyana River and the other one ascends by Boyana Lake.
Both of the trails lead to Boyana Quarter where you can find the path leading to ’’ Kamen Del ’’ hut.
From the hut, there is a trail leading to Borova Rock, and taking the right trail you will reach the waterfalls.
There you have it fellow hikers, nomads, directors – a list of the best and most beautiful waterfalls across the Balkans.
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