Blagoevgrad reminds me of my last trip in Bulgaria before starting my new life in the Netherlands. With a French friend of mine, we visited the Rila Monastery, hiked the 7 Rila Lakes, made a stop in Melnik for some more hike and wine and ended our trip in Blagoevgrad where she lived back at this time. That why I can’t wait to go on a city walk in Blagoevgrad – the city that is nestled in the Pirin mountain.
Whoever you ask about Zheravna Festival of the National Costume, will tell you ”Zheravna is magic”. Zheravna is magic because everybody wears a traditional Bulgarian ”nosia” and the usage of contemporary objects like plastic bottles and electronic devices is strictly forbidden. In addition, everything is authentic – the costumes, the music, the dances, the food and the joy of gathering together. Let’s immerse ourselves in the magic of Zheravna.