I will offer you an opportunity to take a walk in nature on days when you have only a few hours free. I can just get out of work one day and this is will be your little adventure. It’s low, really, but you do have a view of the water – the lake you will bypass. If you like it, you’ll have the option of escaping the city all season.
The Pancharevo Lake is an artificial reservoir. It is located 12 km. east of downtown Sofia, in the direction of Samokov and Borovets, at the end of the Pancharevo Gorge, between the Vitosha and Lozenska Mountains, at the confluence of the Bistritsa River in Iskar.
THE MOST POPULAR PATH IS THROUGH THE VILLAGE OF GERMAN
If you are by car, drive along the Ring Road towards Plovdiv and turn right at the Bavarian House. Maybe along Tzarigradsko road – towards Plovdiv, turn right at the Vranya residence, then drive only straight, cross the Ring Road and end up in the center of German. You can also get there by city buses 6 and 8. Continue in the same direction for another half kilometer and reach the Wall where you can park.
In front of you is the lake. If you go to the right, along the wall, you will cross a bridge over the spillway and
YOU WILL GET TO THE CORALI BEACH
the mineral bath and the Chushkite restaurant, after which you can continue the walk around the lake along a pedestrian alley parallel to the Samokov road. Unfortunately, it breaks in places, and intense traffic and gasoline vapors will spoil the peace and pleasure of communicating with nature.
It is much cooler if, on reaching the Wall, you go straight down the panoramic path that traverses the lake along its eastern shore.
Flat and crowded, the trail is a favorite stroll for moms with baby strollers and cyclists. It is 4 km long and ends at the Kokalyane Hydroelectric Power Plant.
From the higher places of the route there is a beautiful panorama to the whole water area, Vitosha Mountain, Planina Mountain, the villages of Pancharevo, Kokalyane, part of Sofia and Lyulin Mountain.
First you will pass by a villa built in communist times, on the coast, and with balconies over the water itself. The locals say that
I BUILD A SIZE OF THE POLITBURY BUT I HAVE BEEN TAKEN OUT AND IT’S JUSTED
I don’t know … these are urban legends. Every time I leave, I’m curious to see who inhabits it, but so far I’ve only seen people once.
Steep paths go down to the water here and there. They are made by the fishermen who have their bivouac below. So don’t throw a stone at the lake – you may hit a dead man with a fishing line in his hand. They stand for hours without moving, and in winter, they punch holes in the ice and wait, wait… I will understand them only when I become a fisherman… in another life.
After a long walk you will reach the rowing base of Academic – there are several bungalows and hangars for storing boats. Strict but fair dogs will warn you with barking to follow your path and not enter the student kingdom.
If you are thirsty, chances are the Tribunes. They were built in the socialist times for the World Rowing Championships that took place in the lake. In the past, there were a lot of competitions there, there were electronic boards and whatever else was needed, but in the years of transition everything was stolen and now only concrete is left.
However, part of the building was converted into a motel-restaurant. You can eat there while enjoying the view.
There is a large parking lot and the road is asphalt. In fact, the cars reach the Tribunes via Kokalyane.
If you are stubborn and continue all the way to the Kokalyane Hydroelectric Power Plant, you can either return the same route or bypass the lake from the west and return to the Wall along the Samokovsko Shosse, which I do not advise you to do.
IF YOU LIKE HIKING IN MOUNTAINS
right at the Wall parking lot, at the beginning of the walkway and at the walk, turn left and go up. You will be able to load steep sections, enjoy beautiful forest landscapes, mountain streams and hospitable meadows. Take this route with sports shoes – the mountain is Lozenska, but it is a mountain.