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Hotels in Belitsa, guest houses and mountain chalers. Ecotourism in Belitsa, skiing at Semkovo.
Belitsa is a beautiful and cozy mountain town located in the valley of the Mesta River, between the slopes of Rila, Pirin and the low grasslands of the Western Rhodopes. The settlement dates back to the early Neolithic period when its land was inhabited by Thracian tribes. Two rock sanctuaries - Babyashka Chuka and Belishka Chuka - have remained from that time and a wooden coffin was found in the second one again from this period. The restored sarcophagus along with the artifacts from all the subsequent epochs can be seen in the Historical Museum of Belitsa. The town has a variety of cultural, historical, archaeological and ethnographic sites. One of them is a stone statue, sculpted by nature, depicting the beauty - Bella Itza who gave the name of the town. However Belitsa develops as one of the major centres for ecotourism in Southwest Bulgaria. It is believed that this is one of the few natural places in Bulgaria and Europe because of the pristine nature and preserve wealth of rare plants and animals. The town is a major starting point for visiting the Dancing Bears Park which is located 12 km from it. Belitsa is a start to many marked routes and eco-trails in the Rila. The area around the town is suitable for observing of rare plants, birds and animals for photo safaris, off-road adventures, picking wild berries, herbs and mushrooms for picnics, cycling and fishing. Among some of the most attractive landmarks that the local eco-trails lead to are the Stankov Waterfall and the Waterfall of Kazanite, Vapskite Lakes, Suhoto Lake, and Chernopolyanski and Skalishkite Lakes, Bobotnata Rock, etc. Belitsa is also a major starting point for the mountain and ski resort of Semkovo. The accommodation options in town are good. The ones willing to stay here may choose between family hotels in Belitsa, guesthouses, ski chalets and holiday villas, as the hotels in Semkovo are also a great alternative to the accommodation in Belitsa.
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