A unique way to experience the spectacular terrain of the Rila Mountains is on horseback. Some of the trails pass through virtually untouched forest areas and alongside staggering glacial lakes; there are also some seriously rocky options for experienced or adventurous riders. The tour operator Horseriding Bulgaria at ul. Orfey 9, Sofia (t 02/400 3095, wwww.horseridingbulgaria.com) offers a number of tour options priced at around €600 for seven days, including individual tours with a guide, out of their Iskar Ranch at the foot of the Rila Mountains.

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