Street plans of Samokov and Borovets, plus a contoured map of part of the Rila National Park showing waymarked hiking routes, a panorama map with ski runs in Borovets, and English langugage information on hotels, etc.
On one side is a street plan of Samokov at 1:9,500 annotated with symbols showing various facilities. Street names are in Cyrillic, with main ones also in Latin alphabet. Street index is in Cyryllic only. Map legend and accompanying notes about the town, plus an extensive directory of various services including hotels, restautants, etc, all include English.
On the reverse is a street plan of Borovets at 1:6,000 showing locations of the resort’s various tourist facilities, cable and chair lift stations, etc. Also provided is a detailed contoured map at 1:40,000 of the surrounding area including the northern part of the Rila National Park. The map highlights waymarked hiking routes, mountain shelters, etc. A panorama map show ski runs on the slopes south of Borovets, grading the routes according the degree of difficulty. Also included is a list of hotels in Borovets. Map legends and all the text include English.
Rila (Bulgarian: Ðèëà [ˈrilə]) is a mountain range in southwestern Bulgaria and the highest mountain range of Bulgaria and the Balkans, with its highest peak being Musala at 2,925 m. The massif is also the sixth highest mountain in Europe (when each mountain is represented by its highest peak only), coming after the Caucasus, the Alps, Sierra Nevada, the Pyrenees and Mount Etna, and the highest between the Alps and the Caucasus. The larger part of the mountain is occupied by the Rila National Park.
The name Rila is allegedly of Thracian origin and is thought to mean “well-watered mountain”, owing to Rila’s abundance of glacial lakes (about 200) and hot springs in fault areas at the base of the mountain. Some of the Balkans’ longest and deepest rivers originate from Rila, including the Maritsa, the Iskar and the Mesta.
Culturally, Rila is famous for the Rila Monastery, Bulgaria’s largest and most important monastery founded in the 10th century by Saint John of Rila.