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Running in Bulgaria – From the Balkans to the Black Sea

Welcome to Bulgaria, a hidden gem for runners seeking picturesque landscapes, diverse terrains, and a unique cultural experience. Lace up your running shoes and prepare to embark on an unforgettable running adventure in this breathtaking country.

Highlights of Running in Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a runner’s paradise, offering a delightful blend of natural wonders and historical treasures to explore on foot.

From the rugged mountain trails of the Balkans to the tranquil shores of the Black Sea, every step you take in Bulgaria is infused with beauty and history.

The country’s diverse landscapes provide a challenging yet rewarding experience for all types of runners, whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a leisurely jogger.

When To Run In Bulgaria

The best time to visit Bulgaria for a running holiday is during the spring and autumn seasons.

In spring, the countryside is adorned with blooming wildflowers and mild temperatures, making it ideal for long-distance running and enjoying the mesmerizing sceneries.

Similarly, autumn offers pleasant weather, vibrant colors, and fewer crowds, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in your running journey.

The Must-Run Spots in Bulgaria

  1. Rila National Park: Discover the stunning trails in Rila, home to the highest mountain peak in the Balkans, Musala. This national park boasts picturesque lakes, dense forests, and panoramic vistas that will leave you in awe as you conquer its trails.
  2. Pirin National Park: A UNESCO World Heritage site, Pirin offers a challenging yet awe-inspiring terrain for trail runners. The alpine landscapes, glacial lakes, and unique rock formations make this destination a must-visit for any running enthusiast.
  3. Vitosha Mountain: Situated just outside Sofia, the capital city, Vitosha Mountain provides a convenient escape for runners. With its well-marked trails and varying difficulty levels, it caters to both casual runners and those seeking a more demanding challenge.
  4. Black Sea Coastline: For a refreshing coastal run, head to the Black Sea. Feel the gentle sea breeze as you run along the golden sandy beaches or explore the charming coastal towns that exude a serene charm.

Bulgaria Run Travel Events 2023


Find Your Feet Tours – Wild Bulgaria – September 14 – 21, 2023

Embark on our Find Your Feet tour, a wild adventure through Bulgaria’s finest mountains – Rila, Pirin, and Vitosha. Starting in Sofia, the capital city with its rich history, you’ll traverse alpine meadows, rocky landscapes, and narrow ridges, experiencing the untamed beauty of this unique landscape.

Unwind in cozy family-run guesthouses and small hotels near these dramatic terrains while our expert coaches and guides enhance your running abilities, trail techniques, and overall well-being. This intermediate to advanced runner’s dream covers approximately 125km on rugged mountain trails with 7150m ascent and 7250m descent. Are you up for the challenge? Be wilder and return home ready to conquer the world!

Explore More Run Adventures Around the World

Unleash the adventurer within and explore the world through the lens of a runner. Bulgaria is just one of the many destinations that await your eager feet. Embrace the joy of running in stunning locales, embrace new cultures, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you seek a challenging marathon or a restorative retreat, our guides on run travels will help you find the perfect destination for your next running vacation.ย 

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