Kayaking Stambolyiski dam

  Rositsa river

  Ancient castle “Hotalich“

  Fishermans villages

  Traditional Bulgarian foods

Day 1

Our meeting is between 9 and 10 am in Veliko Tarnovo. We will meet and together we will go to the starting point on the bank of the Alexander Stamboliyski dam. As usual, we will prepare the equipment and do training for beginners. We will spread out among the boats and load everything we need for the next few hours. Then we "jump" into the kayaks and set sail on the clear waters of the dam. After only fifteen minutes we are already in the widest part to enjoy the peace and quiet. Just below us is the land of the former village of Bara, whose inhabitants were evicted in 1952. for the dam to be built. We go to the narrower part, where the dam passes through a rocky gorge. There we will stop and take pictures under the exposed rocks. After a few more bends, the dam narrows, and our rowing continues upstream of the Rositsa River, where all around the dam is overgrown with lush deciduous forest. We will find a suitable place to hang out for a rest and an afternoon snack. When we have rested well and are recharged with new forces, we will take back to the beginning, where the transport is waiting for us.
In the area of the Mladen village, Sevlievo Municipality, on the right bank of the lake, you can find facilities for recreation and water sports.“Alexander Stamboliyski” allows for short or long stays and provides excellent opportunities for fishing. Keen fishers can expect to find carp, perch, catfish, and pike. And if you’re into water sports, here you can enjoy some paddling and sailing, windsurfing, and water skiing.
All facilities and guest homes have water and electricity supplies, but you should bring your own food or dine in the nearest villages or towns. In the distance you can see the cranes of the harbor, the shore is covered with a rush and hundreds of seagulls hover over the boats. This accessible and wild place gives us the chance to escape from the dynamics and enter the water serenity, within 10 minutes away from the city.