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The attractive combination of unbelievable natural beauty and venerable culturally significant sites makes the Natural Park Rila Monastery an ideal place to visitation. The Rila Monastery complex is an important point of interest from which the following tourist trails embark:
-Rila Monastery – Kirilova polyana ( Kipilova meadow ) – Suhoto ezero ( the Dry Lake ) – Kobilno Branishte
-Rila Monastery - Kipilova Polyana ( Kipilova meadow ) – Ribni Ezera ( Fish Lakes ) – Smradleevoto ezero ( the Foulsmelling Lake )
-Rila Monastery – Maluovitsa
-Rila Monastery – Seven Rila Lakes
-Rila Monastery – Radovichka Reka – mountain hostel “Macedonia”
… and many others. Besides these listed routes, the international tourist route E4 (Pirin – Alps – Rila - Olympus) twists through the territory of the park.
Tourists visiting the Rila – Monastery natural Park may lodge and dine at a number of hotels, mountain hostels, vacation bases and restaurants, all within a short distance from the park.
- Chalet “Eleshnitsa” – located at 865 meters elevation at the confluence of the Rila and Eleshnitsa rivers.
- Tourist base “Yavora” – a collection of bungalows with a guest capacity of 180. This base is located at 1,465 meters elevation at the northern end of Kirilova Meadow
- Mountain hostel “Ribna Ezera” – located between the Large and Small Fish Lakes at an elevation of 2,230 meters.
- Shelter “Kobilino Branishte” – located at 2145 meters.
- Hotel „Gorski kut” – locatet at 5km from Rila Monastery.
- The hotels “Tzarev vruh” and “Riletz” in the territory of the Monastery