Attractions close by

Pravets Golf Club and Hotel

Golf Club Web Site http://pravets-golfclub.com/

Hotel Web Site http://riupravets.bg/

A golf course with a five star hotel is 12 Kilometers from Mountain View. The golf course is fully equipped to the highest standard. The hotel is of the highest standard. Included in the hotel is a spa center with so many different baths. Russian, Sauna, Steam and many more. I guarantee that you would be hard pressed to find an equivalent standard hotel, for the prices charged. There is also an outside and inside swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness room, bowling alley and many more top class facilities.

Saeva Dupka

http://bulgariatravel.org/en/object/266/Syeva_dupka_peshtera

А very interesting underground cave, which is about 30 Kilometers away (30 minute drive). If you visit it, make sure you take warm clothes with you as it is very cold down there even in summer.

Photo: Nenko Lazarov, imagesfrombulgaria.com

The Eyes of God (Prohodna cave)

http://bulgariatravel.org/en/object/199/Peshterata_Prohodna

This is a cave which is at ground level. It has two large openings in the ceiling which look like eyes. Bungee jumping and Rock Climbing are featured there. The cave is featured in several movies, including the 1988 ‘Time Of Violence’ Highly recommended. No entrance fee.

Devetashka Cave

http://stunningplaces.net/devetashka-cave-in-bulgaria

The cave used to be a secret military site.Because the breeding season of mammals inhabiting the cave spans from June through end of July, it is entirely closed to visitors. There live twelve species of protected amphibians, eighty-two bird species found in the area. Devetashka cave was shown in the action movie The Expendables 2 filmed in 2011.

Lovech, the covered bridge

http://www.britannica.com/place/Lovech

The Covered Bridge is, as the name suggests, a covered bridge in the town of Lovech. The bridge crosses the River Osam, connecting the old town with the new. I believe that it is the only covered bridge in the Balkans. Not quite the ‘Ponte Vecchio’ but souvenirs can be bought from shops inside the bridge.

Veliko Tarnovo

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veliko_Tarnovo

Often referred to as the “City of the Tsars”. Veliko Tarnovo is located on the River Yantra and is famously know as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. Attracting many tourists with its unique architecture, narrow old streets full of restaurants and shops and an old castle which is sometimes lit up at night with a light display. The old part of the city is situated on three hills. A very worthwhile day trip. An overnight stay recommended.

Rila Monastery

http://www.rilamonastery.pmg-blg.com/Home_page_en.htm

The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as The Rila Monastery. Is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox Monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated in the southwestern Rila Mountains 117 Km. south of the capital, Sofia, inside the Rila Monastery nature Park. The monastery is named after its founder, the hermit Ivan of Rila. Quite a long drive south towards Greece. But a really fantastic monastery, the best by far. There are a quite few monasteries close to Mountain View. Within 45 minutes drive.  All worth a look if you like that sort of thing, but nothing compared to Rila Monastery.

Rila Monastery