#3 UNESCO World Heritage Center Pirin National Park
The National Park Pirin is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park was founded in 1962 and became part of the UNESCO legacy in 1983. It’s one of the few areas that is still untouched by humans. The Pirin National Park unfolds its natural beauty on about 40,000 ha, giving the tourists a unique opportunity to breathe fresh air and admire the astonishing views. You will definitely fall in love with nature when you visit Pirin National Park!
The park can be visited both during summer and winter. Tourist trails start from the town and lead to several sites, like the oldest tree in Bulgaria,which is 1300 years old, the beautiful lakes and other places that await for you to discover them. The trails vary in difficulty, so you can bring your parents and children with you, to enjoy the great outdoors of Pirin National Park.
There are 186 lakes in the Pirin Mountains and most of them are located next to hotels and roads, so you can easily ride or drive down. The deepest glacial lake in the area is Lake Okoto (The Eye), which touches 37,7m at its deepest point. The other 185 lakes have their own unique features, waiting for you to discover them during a summer picnic or an invigorating winter walk.
The oldest tree in Bulgaria is roughly about 1,300 years old and has a name: Baykushev’s Pine. The tree was named after the forester who discovered it and is an impressive sight.