Chavdar

Chavdar Municipality, Bulgaria

Chavdar village is part of Sofia region, bordering on the Balkan Mountains on the north and entering the Sredna Gora in the South. It is 3 km away of Main road (Sofia - Bourgas), providing direct access to the capital, other regions, and is just one hour drive from Sofia International Airport, Bus and Railway stations.

Exclusive sights to visit:

Kazanite waterfall is a waterfall hidden by nature in the deep mountain. The water falls into five consecutive nature-shaped stone caldrons. It is like jacuzzi after jacuzzi. Each next bigger than the previous one.  To reach it, you need to make a certain effort before the whole beauty is fully discovered. Then it is the time to say “It worth the efforts”.

Enjoy the nature untouched by human, and the power of the water. Miraculous!

Those of you fascinated by historical findings will have the chance to look back 8,000 ago by visiting Chavdar Neolithic Museum with an Artefacts which date back 6,200 – 5,400 BC.

Fifty years ago a Neolithic Village were discovered. Five years ago the artefacts were gathered and exposed for public. Some tourists are still finding strange stones with holes in it in the same region. Would you?

And more, a Neolithic Village has been built to recreate the ambiance of the Neolithic era. Imagine you can rent one or all of the three Neolithic houses, and stay overnight with your family and friends. Feel like going 8,000 years back in time. No glass windows, few hand-made cutleries – no forks. No Wi-Fi. Electricity? Not at all – just a fireplace, Municipality of Chavdar will provide some candles too to make it more romantic, exclusive and unforgettable.

Booking on Airbnb.com is now open.

You like more extreme experiences?

Climb a wall and rope line at the very top of a hill. Then see the whole village and the forest from a bird-eye view. Like you are travelling with a drone or a helicopter.

Dive into the authentic life of diverse Traditions, Rituals and Customs which are still kept and followed by the local people - rituals like Old-times Wedding, Kukeri Festival, Traditional Dancing and Singing Festivals performed once a year.

A special attention deserves Vaidodola - traditional prayer for rain that is usually initiated in the summer months when the times of drought come. The Prayer itself resembles repetitive melody (sounds and words) like spiritual mantra as it had been elsewhere in the world.

The annual Festival of Traditional songs gather local and national performers. Listen to songs that are similar to The Bulgarian Song recorded for The Voyager Golden Records in 1977 and sent as a message (code) to Foreign civilizations.

Great Rhythm or Another Code Encrypted?

One of the Bulgarian Traditional Dances is called “Horo”. It is usually performed by many people, imagine might be even hundreds. The fast versions of “Horo” have such a great rhythm that is hard to resist. This is how the rhythm attracts the spectators, those eager to join but who might be a little shy. Few minutes later we have a mix of professional dancers, local people and foreigners dancing as one. One ensemble.

Where is the code? And guys, what is the code?

An ancient stories reveals that “The Horo” dance at its end replicates the Spiral of Life. The long line of people naturally makes curves that if photo shoot is made from above, it would completely form a real spiral. Has it been discovered coincidently? It still remains a mystery.

Like Masquerade-type of events? Well, that one is for a special purpose

Kukeri is a traditional ritual which people perform to scare and keep the evil spirits away. It is popular for its specific costumes rich in colours, textiles and attributes, and for the special sounds coming from numerous bells hanged onto the belts.

Surely, the costumes include those bells, but also decorated masks of animals, frequently double-faced which sometimes makes them really scary. However, that is what they were intended for, right? Having a good reason behind - to provide a good harvest, health, and happiness for all the people throughout the whole year.

The Kukeri walk and dance, parading around the village, then usually gather at the village square to dance wildly and amuse the people.

Similar to Rio De Janeiro Festival, people put a lot of passion to create and design thousands of various models of bells, costumes, masks and attributes. An exclusive experience that you will remember.

Want to see it live? Welcome to Chavdar in BULGARIA.